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AAFP Issues Summary of Proposed 2019 Medicare Fee Schedule

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180724mpfssumm.html

AAFP Joins Behavioral Health Integration Collaborative

The Behavioral Health Integration Collaborative, a group of eight physician organizations that includes the AAFP, has published a compendium of resources on the topic for clinicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210107bhic.html

AAFP Joins Boycott of Facebook, Instagram Ads

The AAFP is joining hundreds of other companies and organizations in a monthlong advertising boycott to urge Facebook to address "hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence."

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200702stophate.html

AAFP Joins Call for Congress to Reduce Health Care Costs

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180314stabilizationltr.html

AAFP Joins Call for Relief to Non-Medicare Physicians

It's past time to throw a lifeline to non-Medicare physicians working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, three physician organizations told HHS Secretary Alex Azar this week.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200430covidrelief.html

AAFP Joins Call to Protect Patients From Surprise Bills

The AAFP signed on to a letter asking legislators to curb unanticipated medical bills through policies such as encouraging adequate networks and coverage transparency.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190219surprisebilling.html

AAFP Joins CMS to Launch Artificial Intelligence Challenge

The AAFP has partnered with CMS and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation on a project to better predict health outcomes and improve health care quality through artificial intelligence.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190329aichallenge.html

AAFP Joins Effort to Decrease 2018 MIPS Reporting Period

More than 40 medical organizations asked CMS to implement a 90-day quality measure reporting period for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180424mipsreporting.html

AAFP Joins Effort to Postpone PAMA Laboratory Reporting

The AAFP and more than two dozen other organizations recently urged congressional leaders to delay required reporting of 2020 clinical laboratory data.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190724pamaltr.html

AAFP Joins Effort to Reverse Costly CPT Modifier 25 Decision

Dozens of professional medical organizations -- including the AAFP and the New Jersey AFP -- recently signed a letter urging two health insurance companies to reconsider an unfair coding policy.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180618modfier25ltr.html

AAFP Joins Objection to Administration's Move Against ACA

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190401acalawsuit.html

AAFP Joins Opposition to Sweeping 'Public Charge' Change

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180924publicchargerule.html

AAFP Joins Other Groups to Develop Well-Woman Resource

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has created a chart summarizing age-based preventive service recommendations for women from adolescence to maturity that physicians can use during well-woman visits.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181206wpsichart.html

AAFP Joins Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care

The AAFP is a founding member of a new coalition dedicated to supporting value-based health care and empowering physician-led independent practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180522pepc.html

AAFP Joins Push for Tough FDA Stance on Black Market Tobacco

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180726illicittobacco.html

AAFP Joins Push to Delay New Diagnostic Imaging Requirements

The AAFP and 21 other medical organizations recently urged CMS to delay the appropriate use criteria program's educational and operations testing year.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190514aucletter.html

AAFP Joins Push to Immunize Health Workers Against COVID-19

The AAFP and more than 50 other medical groups on July 26 urged every health care and long-term care employer to require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210728covidvacc.html

AAFP Joins Push to Take Politics Out of COVID-19 Vaccine Work

In a recent letter and a separate statement, the Academy and dozens of medical and health groups called on health officials to put science ahead of politics as COVID-19 vaccine studies continue.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200923covidscience.html

AAFP Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition

The AAFP has joined with more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190403rebuildrural.html

AAFP Joins Renewed Demand for Critical Gun Reforms

The Academy and six fellow medical organizations again urged Congress to enact "critical, common-sense" policies to reduce the threat of firearms violence their patients face.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190916firearmpolicies.html

AAFP Joins Support for Bill to Protect Pregnant Workers

In a recent letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee, the AAFP and seven other groups praised the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act as representing "a measured approach to a serious problem."

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191105pwfaletter.html

AAFP Joins Support for Less Nicotine in Cigarettes

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180525nicotinelevels.html

AAFP Joins Supreme Court Filing Against Louisiana Law

The Academy recently joined an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court saying that a Louisiana law threatens women's access to safe health care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190611geeamicus.html

AAFP Joins U.S. Call to Action on Climate Change

The AAFP has joined more than 70 other organizations in signing on to the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda. The document features 10 policy recommendations that government leaders can use to address climate change.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190702climatecall2action.html

AAFP Journals Now Available Online to Developing Countries Through the HINARI Network -...

Aug 1, 2008 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Aug 1, 2008 Issue Inside AFP AAFP Journals Now Available Online to Developing Countries Through the HINARI Network MATTHEW J. NEFF Am Fam Physician. 2008 Aug 1;78(3):299. In April, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)...

American Family Physician : Inside AFP

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0801/p299.html

AAFP Keeps Vaccine Pressure on Congress; White House Praises FPs

In recent written testimony to Congress, the Academy reiterated family physicians’ crucial role in vaccination counseling and delivery and called for robust funding for education and outreach campaigns to encourage routine immunizations and build vaccine confidence.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210624vaxtestimony.html

AAFP Lauds Senate Bill Targeting Medicaid Pay Parity

Following extensive Academy lobbying, a bill reintroduced in the Senate would restore Medicaid parity with Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210607parity.html

AAFP Launches New Audio Journal Products

Two new audio products from the AAFP provide members easy access to select content from the Academy journals FPM and American Family Physician.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190806journalaudio.html

AAFP Launches PSA Campaign to Educate Patients

The AAFP will launch a national public service announcement campaign on May 1 to help prepare patients for important conversations.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180419psa.html

AAFP Lays Out Health Policy Aims to 117th Congress

In a Jan. 8 letter, the AAFP outlined its legislative priorities to the 117th Congress, including ensuring health care access, strengthening the primary care workforce, promoting health equity, increasing primary care payment and preserving telehealth expansion.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210121congressletter.html

AAFP Leader Voices

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of the AAFP's elected leaders

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices.html

AAFP Leader Voices

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of the AAFP's elected leaders

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-10.html

AAFP Leader Voices

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of the AAFP's elected leaders

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-20.html

AAFP Leader Voices

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of the AAFP's elected leaders

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-30.html

AAFP Leader Voices

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of the AAFP's elected leaders

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-40.html

AAFP Leader Voices

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of the AAFP's elected leaders

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices.start-ind-aafp-link-pile-50.html

AAFP Leaders Give Thanks for Paths to Family Medicine

With Thanksgiving approaching, we asked some members of the AAFP Board of Directors why they're glad they chose family medicine. They shared their answers in this Leader Voices Blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191125lv-thankgiving.html

AAFP Leadership Conference

Learn about the AAFP Leadership Conference, May 9-11, 2023 in Kansas City, MO. It's a true leadership experience.

Events : AAFP Leadership Conference

https://www.aafp.org/events/aclf-nccl.html

AAFP Leads Effort to Extend MSSP Application Deadline

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190124msspextension.html

AAFP Lends Expertise on Social Determinants to Inform HHS

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181120hhssdoh.html

AAFP Letter Calling for ICD-10-CM Codes - October 31, 2018

...October 31, 2018 Ms. Donna Pickett Co-Chair, ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee National Center for Health Statistics 3311 Toledo Road Hyattsville, MD20782 Re: Proposal to create ICD-10-CM codes for e-cigarette use Dear Ms. Pickett: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-NCHS-ICD10eCig-103118.pdf

AAFP Letter Cites Concerns With CMS' Proposed Lab Rule

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190409clialetter.html

AAFP Letter for EandC Subcommittee on Health on ACA and Drug Pricing Bills Markup - ...

...March 27, 2019 The Honorable Anna Eshoo Chairperson House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-E&C-ACADrugPricing-03272019.pdf

AAFP Letter for the EandC Committtee’s MACRA/MIPS Hearing - July 26, 2018

...July 26, 2018 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Chair, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Gene Green Ranking Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-ECCommittee-MACRAHearing072618.pdf

AAFP Letter for the Senate Finance Committee RFI on Maternal Health - April 3, 2020

...April 3, 2020 The Honorable Charles Grassley The Honorable Ron Wyden Chair, U.S. Senate Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Committee on Finance Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Wyden: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-SenateFinance-MaternalHealth-040320.pdf

AAFP Letter in Response to CMS on Physician Self-Referral Regulations - December 27, 2019

...December 27, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-PhysicianSelfReferralRegulations-122719.pdf

AAFP Letter in Response to OIG on Anti-Kickback Issues - December 27, 2019

...December 27, 2019 Joanne M. Chiedi, Acting Inspector General Office of Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services Attention: OIG-0936-AA10-P Room 5521, Cohen Building 330 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201 Dear Acting Inspector General Chiedi: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-OIG-SafeHarborsAntiKickback-122719.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support for the Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act - August 19, 2020

...August 19, 2020 The Honorable Lauren Underwood U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Underwood: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Underwood-CommunityImmunityCOVIDAct-081920.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support of 988 Implementation Act - March 17, 2022

The AAFP endorses U.S. House Rep. Cardenas' legislation to bolster the 9-8-8 suicide-prevention hotline and expand access to life-saving care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/behavioral-health/LT-Congress-988ImplementationAct-031722.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support of Missouri SB 417, the Primary Care Spend Transparency Act - ...

...April 18, 2019 The Honorable Bob Paul Wieland Chair Senate Insurance and Banking Committee 201 West Capitol Avenue Room 319 Jefferson City, MO 65101 The Honorable Mike Cunningham Vice Chair Senate Insurance and Banking Committee 201 West Capitol Avenue Room 320 Jefferson City, MO...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-SenInsBank-MissouriSB417-041819.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support of Oregon SB 765 - March 4, 2019

...March 4, 2019 Senate Committee on Health Care 90 Court St NE Salem OR, 97301 Dear Chair Monnes Anderson and Members of the Committee, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400 family physicians and medical students across the country, I...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-SenateHCComm-OregonSB765-030419.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support of the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Act - July 1, 2021

Family physicians are acutely aware of the current shortage of primary care physicians across the country and the important role IMGs play in addressing this shortage. The bill would allow international medical graduates to remain in the U.S. upon completing their residency under the ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-ConradState30PhysicianAccessAct-070121.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support of the Primary Care Enhancement Act - January 13, 2016

...January 13, 2017 Hon. Erik Paulsen Hon. Earl Blumenauer U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510 RE: Primary Care Enhancement Act Dear Rep. Paulsen and Rep. Blumenauer: On behalf of the 124,900 physician and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-PC_Enhancements_011617.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act (HR 4996) - ...

...November 22, 2019 The Honorable Robin Kelly The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Kelly and Burgess: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-KellyBurgess-SupportHR4996MedicaidMH-112219.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for HR 4243, the Rural MOMS Act - November 20, 2019

...November 20, 2019 The Honorable Xochitl Torres Small The Honorable Dan Newhouse U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Torres Small and Newhouse: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-SmallNewhouse-SupportHR4243RuralMOMSAct-112019.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for HR 4995, for the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act - ...

...November 20, 2019 The Honorable Eliot Engel The Honorable Larry Bucshon U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Engel and Bucshon: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-EngelBuchson-SupportMHQualityImprovementAct-112019.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for Medicaid in the U.S. Territories Act - August 4, 2021

The AAFP endorsed legislation to provide Medicaid funding for the U.S. territories over the next five and seven years. The AAFP also advocated for a long-term funding solution.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-RepsSotoBilirakis-MedicaidTerritoriesAct-080421.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for Primary and Care Affordability Act - October 8, 2021

The AAFP endorsed a House bill to ensure affordable coverage of primary care services under high-deductible health plans.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-Congress-PrimaryVirtualCareAffordabilityAct-100821.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for Rural MOMS Act - May 13, 2021

The AAFP endorses legislation to address maternal mortality with training for rural clinicians and investments in training and research.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-Congress-SupportRuralMOMSAct-051321.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act - August 25, 2021

The AAFP endorsed legislation to adjust the geographic practice cost indexes (GPCIs) so that no locality is below a 1.0. This will address the workforce shortage in rural areas and improve access to primary care physicians.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-House-KeepPhysiciansServingPatientsAct-082521.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for the Reserving the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act

...April 19, 2019 The Honorable Frank Pallone The Honorable Donna Shalala Chairman, House Committee on Member Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Pallone and Representative Shalala: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-House-ReversingYouthTobaccoEpidemic-041919.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support to House on the Primary Care Enhancement Act - July 12, 2021

The AAFP supports direct primary care (DPC) and believes health savings accounts (HSAs) funds should be able to be used to pay for participation in a DPC practice. The AAFP endorsed the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2021 (H.R. 4301 and S.128) to do this.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-House-PrimaryCareEnhancementAct-071221.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support to Senate on the Primary Care Enhancement Act - July 12, 2021

The AAFP supports direct primary care (DPC) and believes health savings accounts (HSAs) funds should be able to be used to pay for participation in a DPC practice. The AAFP endorsed the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2021 (H.R. 4301 and S.128) to do this.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-Senate-PrimaryCareEnhancementAct-071221.pdf

AAFP Letter on Draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) -...

...June 3, 2019 Donald W. Rucker, MD National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Department of Health and Human Services 330 C Street SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Dr. Rucker, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-TEFCAComments-060319.pdf

AAFP Letter on Senate PCORI Reauthorization - October 28, 2019

...October 28, 2019 The Honorable Mark Warner The Honorable Bill Cassidy, MD United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Chris Van Hollen The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/research/pcori/LT-Senate-PCORIReauthorization-102819.pdf

AAFP Letter on Short-term Insurance - April 18, 2018

...April 18, 2018 The Honorable Alex Azar Secretary Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 129,000 family physicians and medical students...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-ShortDurationPlans-041818.pdf

AAFP Letter on the Alexander-Murray HELP Lower Health Care Costs Act (S. 1895) - June ...

...June 25, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander The Honorable Patty Murray Chair, Senate Health, Education, Labor Ranking Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Pensions Committee Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-LowerHealthCareCostsAct-062519.pdf

AAFP Letter on the Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021 - March ...

...March 2, 2020 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Attention: CMS-9916-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family physicians and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-NoticeBenefitPaymentParameters-030220.pdf

AAFP letter on the Reauthorizing and Extending America’s Community Health (REACH) Act ...

...July 17, 2019 The Honorable Frank Pallone The Honorable Greg Walden Chairman Ranking Member House Energy and Commerce Committee House Energy and Commerce Committee Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Pallone and Ranking Member Walden: On behalf of the American...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-E&C-PrimaryCareExtensionsREACH-071719.pdf

AAFP Letter on the Senates HELP Committee’s Lower Health Care Costs Draft Bill - June ...

...June 5, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander The Honorable Patty Murray Chair, Senate Health, Education, Labor Ranking Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Pensions Committee Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Senate-HELPLowerHCCostsAct060519.pdf

AAFP Letter on the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (HR 6) - June 20, 2018

...June 20, 2018 The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker Minority Leader US House of Representatives US House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-HouseLeadership-HR6-062018.pdf

AAFP Letter on the USDA SNAP and Work Requirements Rule - April 10, 2019

...April 10, 2019 Brandon Lipps, Administrator U.S. Department of Agriculture Certification Policy Branch SNAP Program Development Division 3101 Park Center Drive Alexandria, Virginia 22302 RE: Proposed Rule: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Requirements for Able-Bodied...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-USDA-SNAPWorkRule-04102019.pdf

AAFP Letter Opposing the 2015 Proposed Part C and D Rule

AAFP letter to CMS opposing provisions of 2015 proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PartCD-022614.pdf

AAFP Letter Outlining GME Priorities to Senate Finance Committee - October 14, 2021

As the Senate Finance Committee considers changes to GME in upcoming legislation, the AAFP urges that any expansion of federal GME programs be designed to meet the health care needs of the nation, not merely an expansion of the existing system.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-SenateFinCmte-GME-101421.pdf

AAFP Letter Proposing Establishing a Standard Primary Care Benefit - April 26, 2017

...A Proposal to Establish a Standard Primary Care Benefit for Individuals with High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) In an effort to maximize the proven benefits of health care coverage and a continuous relationship with a primary care physician, the American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ES-StandardPrimaryCareBenefit-042617.pdf

AAFP Letter Responding to House Ways and Means Committee Rural and Underserved ...

...November 26, 2019 The Honorable Danny Davis The Honorable Brad Wenstrup Committee on Ways and Means Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC Washington, DC The Honorable Terri Sewell The Honorable Jodey Arrington Committee on...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-HouseWM-TaskforceRFIResponse-112619.pdf

AAFP Letter Responsing to CMS RFI on Direct Provider Contracting - May 25, 2018

...May 25, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-DirectProviderContracting-052518.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting Bill that Removes Medicare Beneficiary Cost-sharing ...

...June 25, 2019 Richard Neal, Chair (D-MA) Kevin Brady, Ranking Member (R-TX) Ways and Means Committee Ways and Means Committee 1102 Longworth House Office Building U.S. House of Representatives Washington D.C. 20515 Washington D.C. 20515 Dear Chairman Neil and Ranking Member Brady: On...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-WM-CCMCodes-062519.pdf

AAFP letter supporting HR 3107

AAFP letter of support for the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (HR 3107).

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-Kelly-Marshall-Access-Care-Act-090619.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting Representative Stefanik on the Primary Care Patient Protection ...

...May 21, 2018 The Honorable Elise Stefanik U.S. House of Representatives 318 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congresswoman Stefanik: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the 131,400 family physicians and medical students we represent,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-PrimaryCarePatientProtectionAct%202018-RepStefanik-052118.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting Senator King on the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019 ...

...November 6, 2019 The Honorable Angus King U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator King: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the 134,600 members we represent, I write to offer our support for the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019. Your...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-SenKing-PCPPA-110619.pdf

AAFP Letter supporting Telehealth Expansion Act - July 22, 2020

...July 22, 2020 The Honorable Ron Wyden U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Wyden: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write to share our organization’s support for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-Wyden-TelehealthExpansionAct-072220.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019 - June 3, 2019

...June 3, 2019 Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) 124 Cannon House Office Building Washington DC 20515 RE: Family Physicians Support the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019 Dear Congresswoman Finkenauer: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-RepFinkenauer-SupportingGPCI-060319.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 3708) - August ...

...August 12, 2019 The Honorable Earl Blumenauer The Honorable Jason Smith U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Rep. Blumenauer and Smith: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-RepsBumenauerSmith-PrimaryCareEnhancementAct-081219.pdf

AAFP Letter to ABMS Vision Committee on Continuing Board Certification - January 14, 2019

...January 14, 2019 Christopher Colenda, MD, MPH, Co-Chair William J. Scanlon, PhD, Co-Chair Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission c/o Kathleen C. Ruff, MBA American Board of Medical Specialties 353 North Clark Street Suite 1400 Chicago, IL 60654 Re: Continuing...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-ABMSVisionComm-ContBoardCert-011419.pdf

AAFP Letter to ACIP Outlining Concerns and Principles for a Future COVID-19 Vaccine - ...

...October 30, 2020 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases 1600 Clifton Road NE MS-H24-8 Atlanta, GA 30329 Re: October Meeting, Docket Number CDC-2020-0100 Dear Members of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-ACIP-COVID19Vaccine-103020.pdf

AAFP Letter to Agriculture Cmt Chairs on Farm Bill Conference Priorities - December 6, ...

...December 6, 2018 The Honorable Pat Roberts Chairman, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Debbie Stabenow Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Mike Conaway Chairman, U.S. House Agriculture Committee...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-AgCommittee-FarmBillPriorities-120618.pdf

AAFP Letter to Anthem on Telehealth - October 30, 2020

...October 30, 2020 Paul Marchetti Senior Vice President, Health Care Management Anthem, Inc. 220 Virginia Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46204 Dear Mr. Marchetti: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians, residents, and...

Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/practice_management/payment/AnthemTelehealth103020.pdf

AAFP Letter to ASPE on Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement - August 28, 2019

...August 28, 2019 Brenda Destro, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Office of Science and Data Policy Attn: EPAEDEA Report Feedback 200 Independence Avenue SW,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-ASPE-PatientAccessDrugs-082819.pdf

AAFP Letter to Cigna on Telehealth - October 29, 2020

...October 29, 2020 Steve Miller, MD Chief Clinical Officer Cigna Corporate Headquarters 900 Cottage Grove Road Bloomfield, CT 06002 Dear Dr. Miller: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians, residents, and medical...

Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/practice_management/payment/CignaTelehealth-102920.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMMI on Health Equity Roundtable - December 7, 2021

The AAFP shares CMMI's commitment to advancing health equity. We believe increasing investment in primary care, increasing multipayer alignment, increasing participation opportunities in Medicaid, employing more robust risk adjustment, and a number of other steps must be taken to truly ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMMI-HealthEquityRoundtable-120721.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMMI on Safety Net-Inclusive APMs - March 28, 2022

Family medicine practices, federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics are important parts of the safety net. These clinicians and providers must be included in value-based-care initiatives in order to advance health equity.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMMI-SafetyNetAPMs-032822.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS and ONC with Administrative Simplification Requests - February 7, 2018

...February 7, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Ave. Washington, DC, 20201 Don Rucker, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Office of the National Coordinator for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-ONC-AdminSimplification-020718.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Asking for More Timely Discharge Summaries - July 13, 2020

...July 1, 2020 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: I am writing on behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/medhome/LT-CMS-PetitionTimelyDischargeSummaries-071320.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Asking for Telehealth Codes to be Added to Medicare Program - March ...

...March 26, 2020 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to spread and more Americans become infected with the COVID-19 virus, it is imperative that our...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-CMS-TelephoneVisitCodes-032520.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS in Response to MyHealthEData Initiative - March 14, 2018

...March 14, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 129,000...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-MyHealthEData-031418.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on 2023 Medicare Advantage Proposed Rule - February 24, 2022

The AAFP strongly supports proposals to strengthen federal network adequacy standards and oversight. Strong health insurance networks are key to ensuring enrollees have timely access to primary care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-MedicareAdvantageNetworkAdequacy-022422.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Acupuncture for Low-back Pain - August 7, 2019

...August 7, 2019 Tamara Syrek Jensen, JD, Director, Coverage and Analysis Group Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 7500 Security Blvd., Mail Stop S3-02-01 Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Director Jensen: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-Acupuncture-080719.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Coverage and Payment for Separate Vaccine Counseling - December ...

...December 20, 2021 The Honorable Xavier Becerra Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The Honorable Chiquita Brooks-LaSure Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Re: Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Payer Coverage and Payment of Vaccine Counseling On...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HHS-CMS-VaccineCounseling-122021.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Drug Pricing Transparency - December 12, 2018

...December 12, 2018 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-4187-P P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-8013 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-DrugTransparency-121218.pdf

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