The AAFP is assisting chapters that want to communicate with HHS or their state governments about proposals to impose work
The AAFP recently offered suggestions to the federal government on a draft document that lays out a plan to prioritize nationwide health IT
A starting point for addressing the nation's opioid misuse epidemic would be to ensure physicians can spend enough time with patients and are compensated appropriately, the AAFP recently told a Senate committee.
The AAFP recently made recommendations to CMS on how to address specific issues with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.
Congress needs to act soon to reduce health care costs for those who buy their own insurance, the AAFP and several other organizations told legislators recently.
The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.
The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.
The AAFP made detailed suggestions to improve CMS' recently announced initiative to improve patients' access to and control of their electronic health data.
Tennessee legislators withdrew a proposal to allow some physician assistants greater authority after the AAFP pointed out the "grave danger" such a move would pose for patients.
The budget bill that Congress passed and President Trump signed March 23 funds important primary care initiatives, but leaves one important patient need unsettled.
A proposal to roll back regulations on carbon emissions from power plants would harm the health of high-risk populations, the AAFP recently warned the Environmental Protection Agency.
CMS announced a new strategy intended to ensure that the 60 million people who live in rural areas of the United States have the same access to affordable, high-quality health care as the rest of the country.
The AAFP stands against a proposed rule that would amend the state documentation process on Medicaid fee-for-service payments and their effect on patient access.
The AAFP called on Congress to pass the Primary Care Patient Protection Act, which would make it easier for patients with high-deductible health plans to see their primary care physicians.
A proposal to expand the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance would hurt enrollees and destabilize the insurance market, the AAFP told HHS.
The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines.
An early morning breakfast at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders that was billed as an update from CMS on the Quality Payment Program turned into something quite different -- and far more meaningful.
Founders of the bipartisan Primary Care Caucus were honored for advocating on behalf of primary care physicians, providers and patients.
The AAFP has joined more than 40 public health and medical associations in support of a proposed update to the FDA's cigarette product standards.
More than 225 family physicians from across the country gathered for the 2018 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit May 21-22 to learn from experts how to work with legislators on wins that improve their practices and their patients' lives.
The deadline is approaching for health care organizations to request a priority listing for assignment of National Health Service Corps scholarship program participants for 2018-2019.
The AAFP and five other organizations urged the Department of Justice to argue against a challenge to a key part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The AAFP was successful in its recent efforts to persuade CMS to create a look-up tool for patients' Medicare Beneficiary Identifier numbers.
The AAFP and other medical groups have filed an amicus brief supporting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a lawsuit that seeks to declare the ACA unconstitutional.
On June 20, the AAFP sent the FDA letters stating the Academy's position on three separate tobacco-related issues: the use of flavors in tobacco products, premium cigars and nicotine levels in cigarettes.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has announced that, because of federal budget cuts, its National Guideline Clearinghouse website will no longer be updated with new content as of July 2, 2018, and will not be available at all after July 16.
The AAFP recently called on the administration to quickly reunite families that have been separated at the border and to ensure that those still in custody receive appropriate health care.
A new report from the CDC and FDA found that although fewer high school and middle school students overall used any tobacco product in 2017 compared to 2011, e-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among those who did use such products.
The AAFP and five other physician organizations are asking CMS to reconsider a decision to stop $10.4 billion in risk-adjustment payments to health insurers.
CMS has released its 2019 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule and has included proposed rules for the Quality Payment Program.
The AAFP offered multiple suggestions, as well as some cautionary advice, in response to an HHS request for information on ways to lower drug prices.
The AAFP has created a two-page summary of CMS' proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. The summary is a precursor to a much lengthier and detailed formal comment letter the AAFP will submit by the agency's Sept. 10 deadline.
Bootlegged cigarettes are only part of the illicit tobacco picture, according to a July 16 letter the AAFP and other stakeholder groups sent to the FDA.
A proposed revision to Title X would force family physicians to withhold important information from patients, the AAFP recently told HHS.
The AAFP and 13 other organizations recently pressed HHS to issue long-overdue regulations on information blocking related to the 21st Century Cures Act.
The Academy is seeking member feedback regarding pain management and the opioid epidemic. Your response to a 10-minute survey will help support the AAFP's advocacy.
The AAFP is asking family physicians to participate in a short survey that asks them to describe how cuts in point-of-care lab fees have impacted their practices.
Teens use social media heavily -- and so do tobacco companies that want to reach U.S. kids, says a petition that the AAFP joined to ask the Federal Trade Commission to take action.
The AAFP sent a 92-page letter to CMS with recommendations on how to improve the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule so it better supports family medicine.
The AAFP is asking the House of Representatives to preserve a tax on indoor tanning -- and calling on Academy members to add their voices in support.
A long-sought rule change means family physicians can certify that commercial drivers who use insulin are able to stay behind the wheel.
The AAFP and four other physician organizations warned that a proposed change to the so-called public charge rule would endanger patients and their communities, and increase costs to the health system and taxpayers.
The AAFP said CMS should finalize a policy proposal in its proposed rule on the 2019 outpatient prospective payment system that would reduce payment differences between sites of service and also suggested another way to fix Medicare payment.
To ensure that innovation continues to be encouraged, the AAFP urged CMS to give participants more time to evaluate data before any incentive repayment comes due.
The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, of which the AAFP is a founding member, echoed the alarm sounded in a recent report on climate change.
The Academy has offered feedback to the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability, usability and certification testing.
The AAFP responded in writing to CMS with suggestions on how to improve its proposed rule on accountable care organizations.
The AAFP recognized four chapters with Leadership in State Government Advocacy Awards for success in advancing the interests of family medicine in state legislatures.
CMS' 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule incorporates several key recommendations the Academy provided earlier this year in its comments to the agency.
In a recent letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, the AAFP called for the preservation of current emission, efficiency and technology standards.
The AAFP has created a summary of the 2019 final Medicare physician fee schedule that highlights the elements that will most affect family physicians' practices in the coming year and beyond.
Five major physician organizations, including the AAFP, said two final rules that allow exemptions from contraceptive services coverage will have "damaging effects on public health."
The AAFP recently hailed an FDA move toward restricting the sale of most flavored e-cigarette products and banning menthol in combustible cigarettes.
The AAFP recently offered HHS feedback on how to improve health care for Medicare patients with social risk factors and what the Academy has already accomplished in this area.
Pennsylvania and seven major insurers have agreed to end prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.
The AAFP has joined 23 other organizations in advising that a new U.S.-Japan trade treaty should protect both countries against lawsuits from the tobacco industry.
In a Dec. 3 letter, the AAFP signaled its strong opposition to a proposed change to the so-called public charge rule, which it said would endanger public health.
In a Dec. 15 statement, the AAFP highlighted the harms that could follow a court's ruling that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.
The Academy has reason to applaud Congress' reconciled farm bill, which jettisons challenges to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
In a Dec. 12 letter, the AAFP welcomed a proposed CMS rule that would require prices to be included in prescription drug commercials.
With the new year and its new legislative sessions comes a reminder that the AAFP's advocacy tools can help family physicians achieve important victories.
New guidance on insurance waivers is likely to drive states toward incomplete or less affordable coverage, the AAFP warned HHS and the Treasury Department.
The AAFP recently told the FDA in no uncertain terms that electronic nicotine delivery systems are not an evidence-based method for youth nicotine cessation.
In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP made recommendations on ways the agency can change portions of the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule to better support family physicians.
The Academy and five fellow medical organizations object to a proposed rule that would require health insurance exchange plans that cover certain women's health services to send separate bills.
The AAFP asked CMS to allow more flexibility in the cap on Medicare support for graduate medical education to help offset the shortage of family physicians.
The AAFP and 11 other medical organizations said it would be challenging, if not impossible, for accountable care organizations to work within CMS' original timeframe.
In a letter to CMS, the Academy expressed support for the agency's streamlining goals while voicing several key concerns about payment and telehealth standards.
The AAFP recently responded to CMS' request for comments on a Medicare Advantage plan proposed rule for 2020 that deals with telemedicine.
The AAFP's latest feedback to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability addressed real-world clinical challenges.
Following testimony from the AAFP, the Senate introduced legislation to renew Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program funding for five years.
The AAFP and five peer physician organizations recently offered federal lawmakers detailed recommendations for public health program funding and prescription drug pricing.
In a Feb. 6 letter to the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, the AAFP reminded the Trump administration about evidence-based strategies that can help reduce tobacco use.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., spoke to physicians and others at the Rural Health Policy Institute about the opioid epidemic and social determinants of health.
The AAFP has signaled its strong support for the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019, saying it would alleviate physician shortages in rural communities.
The AAFP signed on to a letter asking legislators to curb unanticipated medical bills through policies such as encouraging adequate networks and coverage transparency.
Scores of medical and public health organizations recently asked Congress to fund CDC research on prevention of firearm-related morbidity and mortality.
The Academy voiced support for a House bill strengthening background checks for firearm sales, which the AAFP called "common-sense legislation."
The AAFP recently called on CMS to mandate coverage of medication-assisted treatment and urged caution on midyear formulary updates in payment parameters for 2020.
The AAFP joined nearly 100 other medical organizations in asking CMS for stronger oversight of Medicare Advantage prior authorization rules.
The AAFP's Center for State Policy will present a free webinar March 26 to share resources and experiences related to curbing nonmedical vaccine exemptions.
A recent survey shows that a majority of adults are unsure how much nicotine is in e-cigarettes -- but still favor increased federal enforcement against use by minors.
The Academy has written in support of House bills to preserve safeguards in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and make generic drugs more available.
The Academy and five peer medical organizations are opposing an administration plan to argue against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit.
Physicians and teaching hospitals have until May 15 to review their data for the 2018 Open Payments program year before it is made public in June.
In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide.
The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force should leverage the AAFP's expertise and consult family physicians as it develops its final report, the Academy told HHS in an April 1 letter.
A recent AAFP letter to CMS expresses concerns with portions of a proposed rule that would increase the financial burden on in-office laboratories, possibly forcing the closure of those that are operating on already thin margins.
After being vetoed last year, Tobacco 21 legislation appears ready to become law in Illinois, thanks in part to testimony from Illinois AFP Board Chair Asim Jaffer, M.D.
Better payment is needed to ensure a primary care workforce adequate to veterans' needs, the AAFP recently told the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to a proposed rule involving veterans receiving primary care outside the VA system.
Responding to a multi-agency request for information, the Academy told HHS that extending plans that were in place before March 2010 could harm vulnerable patients.
In separate letters to lawmakers this month, the Academy expressed support for new drug pricing legislation and ongoing insulin price investigation.
The AAFP and 21 other medical organizations recently urged CMS to delay the appropriate use criteria program's educational and operations testing year.
HHS recently announced new payment models influenced, in part, by AAFP input, with the intention of initiating valued-based transformation in primary care settings.
The AAFP and state chapters are championing bills that would recognize the crucial role of primary care in ensuring patients' health.
The AAFP recently joined with 35 other organizations in signing on to a letter that calls on the FDA to take more forceful action against youths' use of e-cigarettes and related tobacco products.
In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity.
The Academy and five peer physician organizations are strongly objecting to aggressive political interference in the physician-patient relationship that jeopardizes patients' access to lawful care.
Responding to an HHS request for information, the Academy strenuously objected to the idea of encouraging the proliferation of health insurance plans that do not include important patient protections.
During the 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., the Academy recognized Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., with Congressional Primary Care Champion Awards.