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AAFP Letter to CMS on E/M Documentation Requirements - April 23, 2018

...April 23, 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/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-EMSuggestions-042318.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on EFT Payment Fees - October 22, 2021

FPs increasingly report they are required to pay percentage-based fees in order to receive electronic payments from health insurers via the EFT standard. This letter calls on CMS to address this issue by issuing guidance and conducting enforcement activities.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-EFTFees-102221.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on GME Sections of the 2020 Proposed IPPS Regulation - June 19, 2019

...June 19, 2019 Administrator Seema Verma Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1716-P P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CMS-IPPSGMEChanges-061919.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Good Faith Estimate Burden - March 7, 2022

The AAFP is concerned that the surprise billing rule's good faith estimate requirement is overly burdensome for primary care practices. We request an enforcement delay and make a number of recommendations for how CMS should modify the regulations to reduce the burden.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-SurpriseBillingGoodFaithEstimate-030722.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model - May 9, 2019

AAFP letter to CMS proposed rule titled, Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model; Proposed Rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MedicareB-050916.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services - ...

...September 11, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-2406-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-MedicaidAccess-091119.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Opioid Action Plan - October 10, 2019

...October 10, 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/prevention/risk/LT-CMS-OpioidRFI-101019.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Prior Authorizations in Medicare Advantage Plans - February 19, 2019

...February 28, 2019 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 445-G 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-PriorAuthMedicareAdvantage-021919.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Rural Cardiac Rehabilitation - July 29, 2020

...July 29, 2020 The Honorable Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-CMS-RuralCardiacRehabilitation-072920.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Section 5 of EO #13890 Regarding Supervision Requirements of ...

...January 14, 2020 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/workforce/scope/LT-CMS-SupervisionReqsNonPhysicians-011420.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Surprise Billing Regulations Pt II - December 3, 2021

The AAFP urges CMS to minimize administrative burdens from surprise billing regulations on primary care practices, which are typically in-network physicians. One new requirement will be unnecessarily burdensome and duplicative for DPC practices.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-CMS-SurpriseBillingPart2-120321.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Surprise Billing Rule - September 7, 2021

The AAFP supported the implementation of several patient protections as enacted by Congress and encouraged CMS to minimize unnecessary regulatory requirements on primary care practices.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-SurpriseBilling-090721.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule with Comment Period -...

...December 19, 2017 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/medicare/LT-CMS-2018FinalQPP-121917.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the 2020 Proposed OPPS Rule - September 19, 2019

...September 19, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1717-P P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2020OPPS-091919.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the RFI Regarding the Physician Self-referral Law - August 22, 2018

...August 22, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1720-NC P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-8013 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-PhysSelfRef-082218.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Requesting Codes to be Added to the "Primary Care Exemption" List - ...

...October 9, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Re: Expanding the primary care exception code list Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PrimaryCareExemption-100919.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Welcoming Liz Fowler as CMMI Director - March 16, 2021

The AAFP looks forward to working with Dr. Fowler to advance value-based primary care across payers. We are particularly interested in partnering to make technical improvements to the Primary Care First model, advance alternative payment models in Medicaid, and increase the number of ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-FowlerWelcome-031621.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with Final Comments on the 2019 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee ...

...September 5, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1693-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2019ProposedMPFS-090618.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with MIPS Recommendations Due to COVID-19 Outbreak - March 18, 2020

...March 18, 2020 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, NW Washington, DC Dear Administrator Verma, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-CMS-MIPSCovid-031820.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congresional Leadership on THCGME Reauthorization and Recruitment - ...

...October 17, 2019 The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Chuck Schumer Majority Leader Minority Leader U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Speaker Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S....

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-THCGMEReauthRecruit-101719.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress Advocating for DACA Health Professionals - May 4, 2020

...1 May 4, 2020 The Honorable Michael Pence Vice President United States of America Old Executive Office Building Washington, DC 20501 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate S-226, United States Capitol Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Charles Schumer...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-DACAHealthProfessions-050420.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress for National ACERT Grant Program Authorization Act - June 29, 2021

The AAFP endorsed the National ACERT Grant Program Reauthorization Act which would allocate federal resources to coordinate state and local response to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Congress-NationalACERTGrantProgramAuthorizationAct-062921.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for CMS Administrator - ...

Ms. Brooks-LaSure has an established reputation for advancing health care coverage, affordability, and equity. The AAFP shares these priorities and urges the Senate to quickly confirm her as CMS administrator.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-Congress-SupportBrooks-LaSureCMSAdministrator-022521.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of Health Provisions in House Reconciliation Bill - ...

The AAFP supports a number of provisions in the House reconciliation bill because they align with the Academy's priorities in workforce, health equity, access to health coverage, vaccine confidence, and public health infrastructure.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-HouseReconciliationBill-092321.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of HHS Nominee Becerra - February 5, 2021

The AAFP supports the nomination of Xavier Becerra for Secretary of HHS.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-Congress-SupportingHHSNomineeBecerra-020521.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of the RISE from Trauma Act - July 6, 2020

...July 6, 2020 The Honorable Richard Durbin The Honorable Shelly Moore Capito U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Lisa Murkowski The Honorable Tammy Duckworth U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Danny...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Congress-RiseTraumaAct-070620.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress on 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Updates - October 18, 2019

...October 31, 2019 The Honorable Richard Neal The Honorable Kevin Brady Chairman, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member, Ways and Means Committee U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Charles Grassley The...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-Congress-2020MPFSPrimaryCareUpdates-103119.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress on the American Rescue Plan - February 10, 2021

Letter to Senate Finance and HELP Committees and House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees reacting to the American Rescue Plan and outlining the AAFP’s priorities for COVID relief legislation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-Congress-AmericanRescuePlan-021021.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congressional Leadership on Sustaining Primary Care During the COVID-19 ...

...May 7, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Chuck Schumer Minority Leader Minority Leader U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-Congress-PrimaryCare-050720.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congressional Leadership Opposing Missouri HB 710, Expansion of the ...

...May 6, 2019 The Honorable Elijah Haahr Speaker of the House 201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 308 Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 The Honorable Dave Schatz Senate President Pro Tem 201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 326 Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 Dear Speaker Haahr and Senator Schatz: On...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-CongressLeaders-OpposingExpandingAsstPhysician-050619.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Prioritization of Primary Care and the ...

...April 13, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Chuck Schumer Minority Leader Minority Leader U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-Congress-COVID4-041320.pdf

AAFP Letter to Department of Homeland Security on J-1 Visa Proposal - October 21, 2020

...October 21, 2020 Chad F. Wolf Acting Secretary Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528 On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write in response to the notice of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DHS-VisaProposal-102120.pdf

AAFP Letter to DHS on Review of H-1B Visa Lottery Rule - March 3, 2021

As finalized, the final rule eliminating the H-1B lottery would exacerbate physician shortages and negatively impact to care, particularly for under resourced populations. We urge DHS to reverse the final rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DHS-H1BLotteryFinalRuleDelayNotice-030321.pdf

AAFP Letter to Domestic Policy Council Director Opposing Systemic Racism - June 10, 2020

...June 10, 2020 Ms. Brooke Rollins Director Domestic Policy Council Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 464 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20504 Dear Ms. Rollins: The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), an organization representing...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-DPC-OpposingSystemicRacism-061020.pdf

AAFP Letter to DoT on the Diabetes Exemption Program - July 15, 2015

AAFP letter to the Department of Transportation urging they change guidance that does not allow board-certified family physicians to examine applicants and complete the evaluation checklist they need for the Federal Diabetes Exemption Program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-DoT-Diabetes-071515.pdf

AAFP Letter to EandC Health Subcommittee on Drug Pricing Bills - March 13, 2019

...March 13, 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-ECHealthSub-DrugPricing-031319.pdf

AAFP Letter to Energy and Commerce Chairman Pallone for Budget Reconciliation Markup - ...

AAFP supports the provisions which strengthen public health, the primary care workforce, and expand access to health care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-ECChairman-BudgetReconciliationMarkup-021121.pdf

AAFP letter to EPA on the Clean Power Plan - April 25, 2018

...April 25, 2018 Scott Pruitt, Administrator EPA Docket Center Environmental Protection Agency Mail Code: 2822T Attention: Air Docket ID EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20460 Dear Administrator Pruitt: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-EPA-CleanPowerPlan-042518.pdf

AAFP Letter to FMCSA on Diabetic Commercial Drivers - Oxtober 19, 2016

...October 19, 2016 Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE. Washington, DC Dear Associate Administrator Minor: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-FMCSA-DiabeticDrivers-101916.pdf

AAFP Letter to HELP Committee in Support of Dr. Murthy for Surgeon General - February ...

AAFP again supports the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for the position of Surgeon General of the United States. As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Murthy knows firsthand the important role that primary care physicians play in ensuring access, addressing health disparities, and has ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-HELP-SupportMurthySurgeonGeneral-022421.pdf

AAFP Letter to HELP Committee on PREVENT Pandemics Act - February 3, 2022

The letter offers recommendations on how to support primary care as an integral part of future pandemic response efforts and urges support for the integration of primary care and public health.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-SenateHELP-PandemicPreparedness-020322.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS in Response to the Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule - January ...

...January 29, 2020 Sunita Lough, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20224 Preston Rutledge, Assistant Secretary Employee Benefits Security Administration Department of Labor 200 Constitution Ave NW Washington,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-TransparencyCoverage-012920.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Access to Medicaid Services - December 24, 2015

AAFP response to HHS and CMS regarding the final rule with comment period titled, Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services and the related request for information titled Data Metrics and Alternative Processes for Access to Care in the Medicaid Program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-HHS-Medicaid-Access-12242015.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Draft HPV Report - June 13, 2018

...June 13, 2018 Captain Angela Shen, Designated Federal Officer National Vaccine Program Office U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 715H 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Captain Shen: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HHS-HPV-061318.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Health Literacy Definition - August 1, 2019

...August 1, 2019 Stephanie Santana, Public Health Analyst U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1101 Wootton Parkway Rockville, MD 20852 Dear Ms. Santana: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family physicians and medical students...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-HHS-HealthLiteracy-080119.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Health System Resilience - July 8, 2020

...July 8, 2020 Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Captain Paul Reed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Medicine and Science Office of the Assistant Secretary for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-HHS-HealthSystemResiliance-070820.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Proposed HIPAA Modifications - May 6, 2021

The AAFP supports regulatory changes to lessen the burden of disclosing patient data while also protecting patient privacy. We offer a variety of suggestions to improve upon the proposals from HHS to ensure that modifications to HIPAA do not increase administrative burdens on physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/hipaa/LT-OCR-HIPAA-NPRM-050621.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Proposed Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Rule - July 15, 2015

AAFP response to CMS on the Medicaid Managed Care and Children’s Health Insurance Program Programs proposed rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/LT-CMS-MedicaidCHIP-071515.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Supporting Primary Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic - May 4, 2020

...May 2, 2020 The Honorable Alex M. Azar II Secretary U.S. 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 136,700 family physicians and medical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-HHS-PrimaryCareSustainability-050420.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on the 2020 National Vaccine Plan - October 24, 2019

...October 24, 2019 Director Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, PhD Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/ AIDS Policy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 330 C St. SW, Rm L001 Washington, D.C. 20024 Dear Director Beckham: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HHS-2020NationalVacPlan-102419.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule - June 3, 2019

...June 3, 2019 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Mary E. Switzer Building Mail Stop: 7033A 330 C Street SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter to HHS on the Title X Proposed Rule - July 25, 2018

...July 25, 2018 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Office of Population Affairs Attention: Family Planning U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 716G 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-HHS-TitleX-072518.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Title X Proposed Rule - May 13, 2021

The AAFP strongly supports efforts to restore and strengthen the Title X program, the only federal grant program dedicated to improving access to preventive care for low-income patients.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter to HHS on Vaccine Distribution - December 23, 2020

The AAFP and its members are concerned that these essential community physicians and their practices have not been incorporated in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans. We call on the federal and state governments to take appropriate actions to prioritize community primary care ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HHS-VaccineDistribution-122320.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS Regarding Proposed Rules on Contraceptives - November 29, 2017

...November 30, 2017 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-9940-IFC and CMS-9925-IFC P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-MoralReligiousExemptionsContraceptives-112917.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS Repsonding to the Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health ...

...March 20, 2018 Alex Azar, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights Attention: Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Re: Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-HHS-ProtectingStatutoryConscienceRights-032018.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS Requesting Information on Drug Prices - July 16, 2018

...July 16, 2018 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 600E Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400 family physicians and medical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-HHS-DrugPrices-071618.pdf

AAFP Letter to House and Senate Leadership Calling for Greater Coordination on COVID-19...

...March 11, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Chuck Schumer Majority Leader Minority Leader U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Speaker Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S....

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/misc/LT-CongressLeadership-COVID19Comms-031120.pdf

AAFP Letter to House and Senate leadership on Reauthorizing and CHC, THC, and NHSC ...

...February 10, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader Minority Leader U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-HouseSenLeadership-CHC-THC-NHSCFunding-021020.pdf

AAFP Letter to House and Senate Leadership Supporting the Know the Lowest Price Act (S....

...September 25, 2018 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/antitrust/LT-CongressLeadership-KnowLowestPriceAct-092518.pdf

AAFP Letter to House and Senate Leadership Urging Immediate Action on the ...

...September 12, 2019 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, United States Senate Washington, DC Washington, DC The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader, U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-THCGMEReauthorization-091219.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Appropriations on FY22 Labor, Health and Human Services, ...

The House Appropriations is expected to mark up the FY 2022 Labor-HHS Appropriations package on Thursday, July 15th. The legislation is the largest non-defense appropriations bill, providing $119 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, an increase of $22.9 billion above...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-HouseApp-HHSEd-071521.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on COVID-19 Vaccines - January ...

AAFP strongly believes that incorporating primary care physicians and practices into vaccination plans, as well as enhancing coordination and communication with physicians, will advance the goal of ensuring equitable access to vaccines for all.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HECS-COVIDVaccines-012921.pdf

AAFP Letter to House in Response to Cures 2.0 Discussion Draft - July 14, 2021

More than four years after the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law, Reps. DeGette and Upton released a discussion draft of their proposed Cures 2.0 legislation, setting the stage for negotiations on the legislative package. A number of AAFP priorities are mentioned in the draft ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-House-Cures2.0DiscussionDraft-071421.pdf

AAFP Letter to House in Support of Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments ...

...May 20, 2020 The Honorable Brad Schneider The Honorable Ron Kind United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives 1432 Longworth House Office Building 1502 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C.20515 Dear Representatives...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-House-MAAPIActSupport-052020.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Reps Supporting the Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act - April...

The Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act would permanently allow all Medicare patients to receive telehealth services at home, allow federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) to continue providing telehealth services, and codify coverage and payment ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-House-ProtectingRuralTelehealthAccessAct-042522.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Supporting Small Business PPE Tax Credit Act - October 28, 2020

...October 28, 2020 The Honorable Brenda Lawrence U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Troy Balderson U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mike Quigley U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable John Joyce...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-House-SupportSmallBusinessPPETaxCreditAct-102820.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Supporting the SAVE for Seniors Act - November 18, 2020

...November 18, 2020 The Honorable Abigail Spanberger U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Dusty Johnson U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Representatives Spanberger and Johnson: On behalf of the American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-SAVESeniorAct-111820.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Ways and Means Committee on COVID-19 and Health Disparities - June...

...June 10, 2020 The Honorable Richard Neal The Honorable Kevin Brady Chair Ranking Member House Committee on Ways and Means House Committee on Ways and Means Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairperson Neal and Ranking Member Brady: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-HouseWaysMeans-HealthDisparities-061020.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Ways and Means Committee on Primary Care Enhancement Act (H.R. ...

...October 23, 2019 The Honorable Richard Neal The Honorable Kevin Brady Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Ways and Means Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC Washington, DC Dear Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady: On...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-WM-DPCMarkup-102319.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Ways and Means Committee on Racial Equity in Infrastructure ...

The AAFP submitted a letter to members of the Ways and Means committee and co-chairs of the racial equity initiative. The letter details AAFP priorities for expanding broadband access, health insurance coverage, lowering cost of care (like HDHP), bolstering the physician workforce, and ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-WaysMeansCmte-RacialEquityInfrastructureLegislation-072821.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Ways and Means Committee on Substance Use Treatment - March 3, 2022

In a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee, the Academy called for a removal of regulatory barriers to substance use treatment and increased resources for studying SUD and other mental health challenges.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/behavioral-health/LT-WaysMeans-SUDTreatment-030322.pdf

AAFP Letter to HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson - March 18, 2022

The AAFP welcomes Carole Johnson as the HRSA Administrator (confirmed Dec. 2021), highlights the various workforce and health care programs that overlap with the AAFP’s priorities, and extends an invitation to meet.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-HRSA-PCWorkforcePriorities-031822.pdf

AAFP Letter to HRSA on CHC Insulin Epinephrine Final Rule Delay - March 11, 2021

The AAFP supports proposals to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, but we are concerned that this final rule will not meaningfully reduce these costs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-HRSA-LifeSavingMedicationsProposedDelay-031121.pdf

AAFP Letter to HRSA on CHC Insulin Epinephrine Proposal - October 21, 2020

...October 21, 2020 Thomas J. Engels Administrator Health Resources and Services Administration 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857 Dear Administrator Engels: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-HRSAImplementationEO13937-102120.pdf

AAFP Letter to HRSA on HHS Proposal to Increase Eligibility for Rural Health Grants - ...

...October 21, 2020 Thomas J. Engels Administrator Health Resources and Services Administration 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857 Dear Administrator Engels: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/title-vii/LT-HRSA-RFIRuralDefinition-102120.pdf

AAFP Letter to HRSA on Provider Relief Fund Reporting Burden - August 18, 2021

The AAFP shared feedback from our members and expressed concerns that the required reporting process for the Provider Relief Fund is overly burdensome. We made several suggestions for how HRSA could reduce the burden on physicians.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HRSA-PRFReportingBurden-081821.pdf

AAFP Letter to HRSA on Rural Health Care Access - October 9, 2019

...October 9, 2019 Thomas J. Engels, Acting Administrator Health Resources and Services Administration 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857 Dear Acting Administrator Engels: 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/payment/medicare/LT-HRSA-RuralHealthCare-100919.pdf

AAFP Letter to Humana on Telehealth - October 30, 2020

...October 30, 2020 William Shrank, MD Chief Medical Officer Humana 500 West Main Street Louisville, KY Dear Dr. Shrank: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians, residents, and medical students across the nation, I...

Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/practice_management/payment/HumanaTelehealth-103020.pdf

AAFP Letter to ICE on COVID Vaccine Rates - August 24, 2021

The AAFP urges the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to create and implement a comprehensive plan for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for people in ICE detention centers.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-ICE-COVIDVaccineRates-082421.pdf

AAFP Letter to OCR Regarding Burdens Associated with HIPAA Privacy and Security ...

...February 12, 2019 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights Attention: RFI, RIN 0945-AA00 Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-OCR-HIPAA-RFI-021219.pdf

AAFP Letter to OMB - June 19, 2019

AAFP letter in response to the Office of Management and Budget request for comment on the Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-OMB-FedPovStandards-061919.pdf

AAFP Letter to OMB on Equity RFI - June 23, 2021

The AAFP submitted comments in response to OMB’s request for information on improving equity across the federal government. Comments span topics such as payment models and demonstrations, tobacco regulation, data collection, AI and machine learning, cost barriers, broadband access, ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-OMB-EquityRFI-062321.pdf

AAFP Letter to ONC on EHR Administrative Burdens - January 28, 2019

...January 28, 2019 Donald Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health IT Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Mary E. Switzer Building Mail Stop: 7033A 330 C Street SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Dr. Rucker: On behalf...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-RegRelief-012819.pdf

AAFP Letter to ONC on Information Blocking - June 3, 2019

...June 3, 2019 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Mary E. Switzer Building Mail Stop: 7033A 330 C Street SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-InfoBlocking060319.pdf

AAFP Letter to ONC Welcome and Info Blocking Extension - March 31, 2021

The AAFP urges ONC to delay the information blocking compliance date until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency to ensure family physicians can focus on providing essential primary care to their patients.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-InfoBlockingExtension-033121.pdf

AAFP Letter to President Biden on COVID-19 Action Plan - September 13, 2021

The AAFP wrote to President Biden in response to his Pathway Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan. The letter offers the AAFP’s recommendations for ways that the federal government can better support primary care physicians in COVID-19 immunization, treatment and mitigation efforts.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-POTUS-COVID19ActionPlan-091321.pdf

AAFP Letter to President Biden on Health Care For All Regulatory Recommendations - ...

The AAFP commends and offers additional recommendations to the Biden administration for protecting public health and ensuring affordable health care coverage for all Americans. Recommendations cover private insurance, Medicaid, non-discrimination practices, and strengthening federal ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-WhiteHouse-HealthCareForAllRegulatoryRecommendations-012221.pdf

AAFP Letter to President-elect Biden - November 20, 2020

AAFP letter to President-elect Biden outlining priorities important to the future of family medicine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-PresidentElectBiden-AAFPPriorities-112020.pdf

AAFP Letter to Rep. Kelly Supporting of the Evaluating Disparities and Outcomes in ...

The AAFP endorsed legislation requiring HHS to conduct additional studies of telehealth utilization in Medicare and Medicaid to access the impact of COVID-19 policy changes on equity.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-RepKelly-EDOTAct-072821.pdf

AAFP Letter to Rep. Maloney Supporting the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline ...

The bill would forgive the outstanding federal and private student loan debt of front-line health care workers who are treating patients with coronavirus. The loan forgiveness will be tax-free, and defines frontline health care workers as including doctors, medical residents, medical ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-RepMaloney-StudentLoanForgivenessFrontlineHealthWorkersAct-050621.pdf

AAFP Letter to Rep. Rush in Support of the COMMUNITIES Act - July 7, 2021

The COMMUNITIES Act (H.R. 4285) would institute 100% loan repayment under the National Health Service Corps’ (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program if a primary care clinician commits to serving in an eligible underserved community for five years.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-RepRush-COMMUNITIESActSupport-070721.pdf

AAFP Letter to Rep. Thompson Supporting Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (HR ...

...February 26, 2019 The Honorable Mike Thompson United States House of Representatives 231 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Thompson: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400 family physicians and medical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Thompson-BackgroundChecksHR8-022619.pdf

AAFP Letter to Reps. Graves and Huffman Supporting the Save America’s Rural Hospitals ...

The AAFP supports the Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act, which would permanently raise Medicaid primary care payments for rural physicians to Medicare levels, allow Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics to continue providing telehealth services beyond the public ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-House-RuralHospitals-030922.pdf

AAFP Letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer Supporting S 430 - June 5, 2015

AAFP supports Sen. Boxer's bill to give the Federal Trade Commission explicit authority to regulate the advertising of e-cigarettes to prevent the marketing of e-cigarettes to children.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Boxer-S430-060515.pdf

AAFP Letter to Sen. Brown Supporting the HAPI Act - November 18, 2020

...November 18, 2020 The Honorable Sherrod Brown U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Brown: 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 support for the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Brown-HAPIAct-111820.pdf

AAFP Letter to Sen. Murkowski and Rep. Ruiz Supporting the Safe Step Act - May 19, 2021

AAFP support the bill because it would implement transparency guidelines to prevent inappropriate use of step therapy in employer-sponsored health plans and create a clear process for patients and physicians to seek reasonable exceptions to step therapy.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-SupportingSafeStepAct-051921.pdf

AAFP Letter to Sen. Schumer Supporting the Protect Our Heroes Act - November 20, 2020

...November 20, 2020 The Honorable Charles Schumer United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Leader Schumer, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the 136,700 family physicians, residents and medical students we represent, I write to offer our support for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-Schumer-ProtectOurHeroes-112020.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senate Democrats on Build Back Better Act - November 24, 2021

The AAFP sent a letter to Senate Democratic leaders expressing support for key provisions of the Build Back Better Act.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Senate-BuildBackBetterAct-112421.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senate Finance Committee on Behavioral Health Integration - November 15,...

The AAFP submitted recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee on how to improve behavioral health integration, including payment reform, parity, administrative burden, and more.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/misc/LT-SenateFinCmte-BHI-111521.pdf

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