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Proposed Insurance Billing Change 'Dangerous,' Say Groups

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190115exchangeltr.html

AAFP Seeks Flexibility in Medicare GME Funding Cap

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.

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

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

Revisit Medicaid Payment, Protect Network Adequacy, AAFP Tells CMS

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190125managedcareltr.html

Recommendations Aim to Shape Health Funding, Drug Pricing

The AAFP and five peer physician organizations recently offered federal lawmakers detailed recommendations for public health program funding and prescription drug pricing.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190211fundingpriorities.html

Bolster Policy on Tobacco, ENDS, Secondhand Smoke, Says AAFP

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190212tobaccoletter.html

U.S. Surgeon General Vows to Fight for Rural America

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190213nrhasurggen.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.

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

Organizations Call for $50 Million to Study Gun Violence

Scores of medical and public health organizations recently asked Congress to fund CDC research on prevention of firearm-related morbidity and mortality.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190226gunresearch.html

AAFP Applauds Background Check Bill That Wins Swift Passage

The Academy voiced support for a House bill strengthening background checks for firearm sales, which the AAFP called "common-sense legislation."

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190301bkgrndchecks.html

Cover MAT and Stabilize Formularies, AAFP Tells CMS

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190301payment2020.html

Medicare Advantage Plans Must Rein in Prior Authorizations

The AAFP joined nearly 100 other medical organizations in asking CMS for stronger oversight of Medicare Advantage prior authorization rules.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190308mapriorauth.html

Vaccination Webinar Arms FPs for State Policy Fights

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190313vaccwebinar.html

AAFP Applauds GME Senate Bill Aimed at Rural Shortages

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190214ruralworkforceact.html

Survey Shows Support for Tighter E-cigarette Regulation

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190320ecigsurvey.html

Illinois Poised for Tobacco 21 Win After Chapter Push

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190327illinoistobacco.html

AAFP Supports Slate of Bills to Protect, Assist Patients

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190328housebills.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.

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

Review 2018 Open Payments Program Data Through May 15

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190402openpayments.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190403budgettestimony.html

FPs Need Seat at Pain Management Table, AAFP Tells HHS

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190405paintaskforce.html

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.

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

Fix Payment to Improve Veterans' Health Care, AAFP Tells VA

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.

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

Grandfathering Extension Could Harm Patients, AAFP Warns HHS

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190412grandfatherplans.html

Academy Calls for Drug Pricing Transparency, Action

In separate letters to lawmakers this month, the Academy expressed support for new drug pricing legislation and ongoing insulin price investigation.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190417spikeletter.html

HHS Announces CMS Primary Cares Initiative

HHS recently announced new payment models influenced, in part, by AAFP input, with the intention of initiating valued-based transformation in primary care settings.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190424cmsprimarycares.html

AAFP Advocates for State Primary Care Spending Bills

The AAFP and state chapters are championing bills that would recognize the crucial role of primary care in ensuring patients' health.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190424statespending.html

Youth Tobacco Use Demands Stronger FDA Response, Groups Say

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190508youthsmoking.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.

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

Academy Gives Senate Strong Prescription to Improve MACRA

In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190515macrasenate.html

AAFP Objects to Interference With Doctor-Patient Relationship

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190517interference.html

AAFP Warns Against Spread of Low-value Health Insurance

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190521insurancecompacts.html

Academy Lauds Lawmakers as Champions of Family Medicine

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190522fmasawards.html

Lawmakers Need Guidance to Fix U.S. 'Wealth Care' Culture

The Family Medicine Advocacy Summit opened with detailed advice on how FPs can use stories and data to win greater support from legislators for primary care.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190528fmas-caseforpc.html

CMS Prescription Drug Final Rule Addresses AAFP Concerns

CMS recently released a final rule on Medicare drug prices that held some wins for the AAFP and other physician organizations that are fighting for patients.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190529drugpricerule.html

Proposed Rule Would Hurt Transgender Patients, Women, Say Groups

A coalition that includes the AAFP recently objected to an HHS proposed rule that could allow discrimination against transgender people and restrict women's access to health care.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190603-1557rule.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Making Value-based Model Work for FPs

The AAFP responded to a CMS request for information with suggestions on refining one of the five new payment models the agency announced this spring.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605geopbp.html

Academy Lauds Bills Aimed at Curbing Teen Smoking, Vaping

The AAFP is voicing support for several recent bills addressing the U.S. epidemic of youth tobacco and nicotine use.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605tobacco21.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.

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

AAFP Sends Administration Detailed Advice on Interoperability

In three letters sent this month, the AAFP provided feedback on proposed health IT rules meant to promote exchange of information in EHRs.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190619HITletters.html

Bill to Ease Student Loan Debt Burden Wins AAFP Support

In a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, the AAFP called for passage of the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190620studentdebtbill.html

Academy Pinpoints Strengths, Weaknesses in Draft Senate Bill

In detailed feedback to lawmakers on the Lower Health Care Costs Act, the AAFP applauded the bill's reauthorization of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program while calling for increased funding for the program.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190626lhccaletter.html

AAFP Fine-tunes Proposed Rule on GME, Rural Workforce

A proposed CMS rule that could boost the primary care workforce without creating additional administrative burden needs refinement, the Academy told the agency in a recent letter.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190626proposedippsrule.html

AAFP Urges Fix to Medicaid Funding for U.S. Territories

The AAFP recently urged leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health to quickly address looming federal Medicaid funding shortfalls in five U.S. territories.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190701medicaidterrcutoff.html

Revised Poverty Line Could Endanger Millions, AAFP Warns

The AAFP has urged the Trump administration to reconsider a proposed recalibration of the federal poverty line that could greatly reduce the number of patients able to qualify for Medicaid and other safety-net programs.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190702revpovertyline.html

Academy Says House Bill Would Benefit Rural FPs, Patients

Legislation recently introduced in the House that addresses Medicare cost indexes "would greatly benefit rural family physicians and their patients," the AAFP recently told the bill's sponsor.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190703ruralhousebill.html

Bill Waiving Chronic Care Cost-sharing Wins AAFP Support

The Academy is voicing strong support for legislation that would eliminate co-insurance requirements for Medicare beneficiaries needing chronic care management.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190709ccmbill.html

AAFP Pushes for Legislative Fix for Harmful Title X Rule

The AAFP has joined numerous other health professional organizations in calling on the Senate to limit the harmful impact of HHS' Title X final rule.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190717titlexrule.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.

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

Academy Takes First Look at Proposed Rule for 2020 MPFS

As the AAFP begins formulating detailed comments to CMS on its proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule, several key elements already stand out. An initial summary the Academy has developed highlights those points.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190802mpfssummary.html

HHS Designates $20 Million for New Rural Residency Programs

HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration will distribute $20 million over three years as part of an initiative to grow the rural physician workforce.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190805ruralhealthawards.html

Letter Urges Protection of Access to Military Health Care

The AAFP and other medical groups recently called on House and Senate leaders to protect military medical staffing levels from a harmful proposed budget cut.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190807dodcuts.html

AAFP Guides CMS on Administrative Simplification Efforts

The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS on how the agency can improve its efforts to reduce time physicians spend on tasks not directly related to patient care.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190813adminsimpletter.html

AAFP Calls for FDA Discretion in Compounding Guidance

The AAFP and other medical organizations warned FDA officials that proposed guidance on compounded drug products could limit patient access to necessary and timely treatments.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821fdacompounding.html

AAFP Voices Concern About New 'Public Charge' Rule

The AAFP has joined a call for the Department of Homeland Security to rescind a new public charge regulation that creates an unacceptable barrier between physicians and their patients.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821publiccharge.html

Academy Pushes Lawmakers to Deliver Rural MOMS Act

The AAFP recently applauded a Senate bill that aims to improve the critically compromised state of maternal health in rural communities.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190828momsact.html

AAFP, Other Groups Strongly Object to New Detention Policy

The Academy and four other medical groups are voicing strong opposition to a new federal policy that poses significant short- and long-term health risks to immigrants being held in U.S. custody.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190830floresstatement.html

AAFP Tells FCC Telehealth Pilot Should Encompass Broad Scope

The Academy told the Federal Communications Commission in an Aug. 28 letter that a proposed $100 million telehealth initiative must not be limited to rural physicians and patients.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190904fcctelehealth.html

AAFP Scores Win on Payment to Support Rural Residencies

As of Oct. 1, Medicare will start picking up the tab for residents' training time at critical-access hospitals, a move that helps the AAFP's Rural Health Matters initiative.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190905ipps.html

AAFP Gives HHS Guidance on Pain Management, Opioid Crisis

The Academy responded to an HHS request for information with advice for ensuring that family physicians are able to address patient needs regarding chronic pain and opioid misuse.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190911painmgmtltr.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.

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

AAFP to Congress: Reauthorize THCGME Program Now

The AAFP is pressing Congress to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program before it expires Sept. 30 and urges members to join a Speak Out campaign on this critical issue.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190917thcgmespeakout.html

AAFP Objects to Planned End of Medicaid Access Rule

The AAFP advised CMS not to rescind the Medicaid access rule and pointed out that boosting payment rates would do more to help beneficiaries access health care.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190918medicaidaccess.html

Cut Red Tape for Family Physicians, AAFP Tells Congress

AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., spoke to the House Committee on Small Business on Sept. 11 to make clear how administrative burdens harm physicians and their patients.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923housetestimony.html

AAFP Pushes Against Executive Order on Equivalent Payment

A recent White House executive order meant to bolster Medicare includes some good ideas -- but one element could impair high-quality, team-based primary care, the Academy warned in an Oct. 11 letter.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014execorder.html

AAFP Offers CMS Improvements to Proposed 2020 MPFS

The AAFP recently responded to CMS' proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule with a 61-page letter that focused on issues of importance to family physicians.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923mpfscomment.html

AAFP, Others Demand Answers on Advanced APM Bonus Delays

On Sept. 16, the Academy and eight other groups wrote to CMS expressing concern about delays in payment of a performance bonus to family physicians and other clinicians. Less than two weeks later, the agency responded by announcing that participants would soon start receiving the ...

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191002aapmltr.html

AAFP Welcomes Proposed Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

The Academy praised a proposed rule that would add stark warning labels to cigarette packs and called on regulators to go further to protect youth from nicotine.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191008cigarettewarnings.html

AAFP Renews Push for Site-neutral Payment

The Academy continued its extensive advocacy for site-neutral payment in a recent round of letters to CMS and Congress, saying that such payment parity would encourage patients to make decisions based on quality rather than cost.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191009oppsletters.html

Primary Care Exception Needs Expansion, AAFP Tells CMS

In an Oct. 9 letter to CMS, the Academy advocated for the expansion of codes under the primary care exception rule -- an update that would reduce administrative complexity without compromising patient care.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014exceptionrule.html

AAFP to CMS: To Shrink Opioid Crisis, Grow Primary Care

The AAFP told CMS that the agency can help family physicians combat the opioid misuse crisis by increasing investment in primary care physician workforce growth and reducing administrative complexity.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191021supportact.html

End Surprise Medical Billing, AAFP Tells Lawmakers

Congress must end surprise medical billing -- a practice that harms patients and damages the physician-patient relationship -- the AAFP said in a recent letter to lawmakers.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191017surprisebilling.html

AAFP Adds Voice to Lawsuit Calling for DACA Preservation

In an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the AAFP and 32 other medical organizations are arguing to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191023dacaamicus.html

AAFP, Other Groups Laud Promising Rural ACO Improvement Act

The Academy and 14 other organizations have voiced support for a Senate bill that aims to fix a flawed formula used to measure accountable care organization performance.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191028ruralacoact.html

Patient Privacy Crucial in SUD Fight, Academy Tells HHS

The AAFP supports a proposed federal rule that acknowledges privacy is essential when family physicians are treating patients who have substance use disorder.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191030samhsaprivacy.html

Trump 'Absolutely Heard Us' on Vaping, Says AAFP President

AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., joined a coalition of physician and health groups at the White House on Nov. 22 to call on President Trump to finalize a promised ban on nontobacco-flavored e-cigarette products.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191122whitehousevape.html

AAFP to Feds on Vaccines: End EHR Costs, Fight Hesitancy

The Academy has called on regulators to ensure HHS' 2020 National Vaccination Plan ends EHR financial burdens related to immunization functionality and addresses vaccine hesitancy.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191029natvaccplan.html

AAFP to CMS: Cut Prior Authorization to Preserve Programs

In two recent letters, the Academy advised CMS to protect the integrity of health care programs by reducing physicians' administrative burden and financial risk.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191203programintegrity.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."

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

Academy Applauds Primary Care Patient Protection Act

The Primary Care Patient Protection Act would alleviate financial worries and improve health outcomes for family physicians' patients who have high-deductible health plans.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191111pcppa.html

Fee Schedule Summary: AAFP Advice Visible in CMS Final Rule

The 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule includes higher payment for family physicians in 2021 that the AAFP has been pressing CMS to implement.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191112mpfssummary.html

AAFP Asks Senate to Prioritize Patient-centered Research

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute needs renewed funding so it can keep studying issues that family physicians face every day, the AAFP told senators.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191113pcoriletter.html

AAFP Sees Maternal Mortality Strategies in House Bills

In letters to lawmakers, the AAFP expressed support for three House bills that would address the nation's maternal mortality crisis with complementary strategies.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191204matmortalitybills.html

AAFP Schools Congressional Task Force on Rural Health

In a recent letter, the AAFP advised a House task force on steps to address the nation's rural health crisis with more primary care physicians practicing at their full scope.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191209ruraltaskforce.html

Complete Open Payments Review by Dec. 31

Physicians have until Dec. 31 to review and dispute 2018 Open Payments program data.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191218openpayments.html

Congress' 2020 Spending Package Short-changes Primary Care

The $1.4 trillion spending package for 2020 that the House passed Dec. 17 falls far short on several fronts that are important to building a strong foundation of primary care.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191218spendingpackage.html

Share Comments for Upcoming Federal Dietary Guidelines

Family physicians have an opportunity to help shape the foundational document for federal nutrition policy and education programs in writing or in person at a January meeting.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191220dietaryguidelines.html

AAFP Says Court's ACA Ruling 'Prolongs Uncertainty'

The AAFP said a federal appeals court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act leaves family physicians and their patients in an unacceptable void.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191223acaruling.html

Heralded Vape Flavor Ban Too Diluted in Final Form, AAFP Says

New restrictions on flavored e-cigarette products fall short, the AAFP said in a statement calling for a ban on menthol flavors and all forms of mixing fruit flavors.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200103flavorban.html

AAFP Guides Agencies Away From Alternative Payment Roadblocks

In letters to CMS and HHS' Office of the Inspector General, the Academy counseled regulators to make sure self-referral rules do not hinder practice transformation through new payment models.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200109selfreferralltrs.html

Heads Up to FPs: Medicare Home Health Changes Coming Jan. 1

Changes in Medicare rules for home health care that take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, will reduce the payment timeframe and may require that physicians use more specific diagnosis codes.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191210mchomehealth.html

PAMA Laboratory Reporting Delay a Win for AAFP

In a move the Academy has advocated for months, Congress has mandated a one-year delay for required reporting of clinical laboratory data.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200114pamadela.html

AAFP Warns of More Harm in Scope-of-Practice Executive Order

In a recent letter, the AAFP said an executive order expanding scope of practice would disrupt team-based primary care in potentially harmful ways.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200121scopeletter.html

Advanced APM Bonuses Hit New Snag: Missing Payee Data

CMS is asking qualifying alternative payment model participants who are still owed advanced APM bonuses for performance year 2017 to verify their payment data by Feb. 28.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200122paymentinfo.html

Federal Agency Seeks Your Comments on Diabetes Issues

The National Clinical Care Commission is seeking public comment on a series of questions on diabetes prevention and treatment options to inform federal work in this area.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200127ncccqueries.html

Medicare to Cover Some Acupuncture in AAFP Advocacy Win

CMS announced new Medicare coverage for acupuncture for chronic low back pain, cementing a proposed policy that the Academy endorsed last summer.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200128acupuncturepayment.html

Block Grant Plan Would Hurt Medicaid Patients, AAFP Warns

A CMS proposal to allow Medicaid block grants would reduce access to care and strain the U.S. health care system, the Academy recently cautioned the agency.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200203medicaidblockgrant.html

AAFP Gives Proposed Transparency Rules Cautious Thumbs-up

Regulations on transparency of prices and cost-sharing and rules on medical loss ratios must focus on patients, the AAFP said in response to a CMS proposed rule on value-based payment models.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200211hhstransparency.html

THCGME Funding Can't Wait, AAFP Tells House, Senate

The Academy sent congressional leaders a letter urging immediate funding renewal for the crucial Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200217thcgmeletter.html

Academy Urges HHS to Factor FPs Into COVID-19 Response

Federal agencies need to start communicating faster and more fully with the primary care workforce about coronavirus disease 2019, the AAFP told HHS on March 2.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200303covidhhs.html

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