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AAFP Letter to Senate Supporting the Strengthening America’s Health Care Readiness Act ...

AAFP supports this bill since it addresses the health workforce shortages and disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic through funding for the National Health Service Corps, as well as the establishment of a NHSC Emergency Service demonstration project.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-Senate-SupportingStrengtheningAmericasHealthCareReadinessAct-012821.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senators Tester and Barrasso in Support of the Rural Physician Workforce...

AAFP supports the bill because it would provide invaluable new federal support for rural residency training, which will help alleviate physician shortages in rural communities.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Senate-RuralPhysicianWorkforceProductionAct-060221.pdf

Joint Letter to Sen. Murray and Rep. Pallone Supporting the DOC Act - June 2, 2021

AAFP supports the bill because it would permanently extend and expand the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, which has played a vital role in training the next generation of primary care physicians and addressing the physician shortage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-SenMurrayRepPallone-DOCAct-060221.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Teaching Health Centers

Background information from the AAFP on Teaching Health Centers..

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-TeachingHealthCenters.pdf

AAFP Recommendations to President Biden on Building A Robust Primary Care Workforce - ...

The AAFP sent a letter to the Biden administration detailing recommendations to strengthen the primary care workforce by recruiting and retaining new family medicine physicians.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-WhiteHouse-AAFPRecommendationsPrimaryCareWorkforce-012921.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Nurse Practitioners

Background information on nurse practitioner scope from the AAFP.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/BKG-Scope-NursePractitioners.pdf

AAFP Response to VHA Health Professionals Scope of Practice IFR - January 7, 2021

A group of physician organizations representing national specialty and state medical societies write in opposition to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Interim Final Rule, entitled Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Health Care, which permits virtually all VHA-employed ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-DVA-VHAHealthProfessionalsScopeInterimFinalRule-010721.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 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 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 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 to Senate HELP Committee in Support of President Obama's Nominee for ...

AAFP Letter in Support of President Obama's Nominee for Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-Senate-Supporting%20MurthyforSurgeonGeneral-012314.pdf

Amicus Brief: Texas v United States - April 1, 2019

In defense of significant coverage gains and key patient protection provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Medical Association (AMA) and other leading physician organizations today filed an amicus brief in the case of Texas v. United States.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-TexasVUS-040119.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 the FDA on Tobacco Products Proposed Rule

AAFP letter supporting the FDA to deem authority in the regulation of currently unregulated nicotine delivery devices.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-TobaccoProductsProposedRule-060414.pdf

AAFP Summary of the American Rescue Plan - March 11, 2021

AAFP summary of key provisions of the American Rescue Plan legislation affecting family physicians including funding for public health and vaccine administration, investment in health care workforce programs, incentives for states to expand Medicaid access and ACA insurance subsidies.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/ES-AmericanRescuePlan-031121.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

AAFP summary of the CMS AAFP Summary of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/AAFP%20Summary%20of%20the%202021%20Medicare%20Physician%20Fee%20Schedule%20Final%20Rule.pdf

Joint Letter Calling for End to Ban on Gun Violence Research - April 6, 2016

The AAFP, along with 141 medical and public health groups, urged Appropriators to end the 1996 ban on CDC gun violence prevention research.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-CON-GunResearch-040616.pdf

AAFP COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Requirements and Preliminary Payment Guidance

In this document, the AAFP outlnes the COVID-19 vaccine coverage requirements and provides preliminary payment guidance.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/ES-COVIDVaccineCoveragePayment-5621.pdf

Frontline Physicians Oppose Legislation That Interferes in or Penalizes Patient Care

In this statement, the Group of Six opposes legislation that interferes in or penalizes patient care as it relates to gender.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/ST-G6-FrontlinePhysiciansOpposeLegislationThatInterferesInOrPenalizesPatientCare-040221.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Sustain Primary Care

...Sustaining a Viable Primary Care System The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the fact that the fee-for-service (FFS) payment environment has left primary care system ill-equipped to fulfill its role maintaining the health and well-being of patients. As the public health emergency began,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/action_week/BKG-SustainPrimaryCare.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 Response to CMS on the Part C and D Proposed Rule - January 25, 2019

...January 25, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-4180-P 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/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-CDOutPocketCost-012519.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

Joint Letter to CMS Regarding Proposed Exchange Program Integrity Rule - January 8, 2019

...January 8, 2019 Alex M. Azar II Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 RE: CMS-9922-P: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Program...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-PhysicianGroupExchangeProgramIntegrity-010819.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on the Part C and D Proposed Rule - January 25, 2019

...January 25, 2019 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, The undersigned organizations...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-ProtectedClassesSignOnLetter-012519.pdf

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

Letter to EandC Full Committee Chairs on Health Care Access Bills - April 3, 2019

...April 3, 2019 The Honorable Frank Pallone Chair House Committee on Energy and Commerce Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Greg Walden Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Pallone and Ranking Member Walden: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-ECComm-HealthCareAccessBills-040319.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 Response to RFI on Grandfathered Plans - March 22, 2019

...March 22, 2019 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-9923-NC P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 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/aca/LT-HHS-GrandfatheredPRFI-032219.pdf

AAFP Response to HHS on the Draft Benefit and Payment Perimeters for 2020 - February ...

...February 19, 2019 Alex M. Azar II Secretary Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-9926-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-NoticeBenefitPaymentParameters2020-021919.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

AAP Letter to the House EandC Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee ...

...April 9, 2019 The Honorable Diane DeGette Chair House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Brett Guthrie Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HouseECOversight-InsulinPrices040919.pdf

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

...May 21, 2018 The Honorable Brad Schneider U.S. House of Representatives 1432 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congressman Schneider: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the 131,400 family physicians and medical students we represent, thank...

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to Rep. Schrier for the Helping Families Access Pediatric Care Act - ...

...October 15, 2020 The Honorable Kim Schrier U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congresswoman Schrier: The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), on behalf of the physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-RepSchrier-HelpingFamiliesAccessPediatricCareAct-101520.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson on the GCHJ Proposal - ...

...September 20, 2017 The Honorable Lindsey Graham The Honorable Bill Cassidy United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Dean Heller The Honorable Ron Johnson United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-SenatorsGrahamCassidyHeller%20ohnson-GCHJProposal-092017.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

Group of 6 Joint Statement on Suspension of Risk Adjustment Payments - July 11, 2018

...For Immediate Release: July 11, 2018 Media contacts: American Academy of Family Physicians Leslie Champlin | 800-274-2237, Ext. 5224 | lchampli@aafp.org American Academy of Pediatrics Devin Miller | 202-724-3308 | dmiller@aap.org American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Megan...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ST-G6-SuspensionRiskAdjustmentPayments-071118.pdf

Joint Letter Opposing Efforts to Repeal the Individual Mandate - November 14, 2017

...America’s Frontline Physicians Oppose Efforts to Eliminate the Individual Mandate Our organizations, which represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students, strongly support policies that ensure every American has access to affordable health coverage. We are concerned that...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ST-IndividualMandateRepeal-SenateTaxReform-111417.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate Appropriations Committee on FY 2018 Priorities - May 31, 2017

...John Meigs, Jr., MD, FAAFP - President, American Academy of Family Physicians Written Testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies - Fiscal Year 2018 May 31, 2017 On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/TS-Senate-FY2018Priorities-053117.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Leadership Urging CHIP Refunding - January 10, 2018

...January 10, 2018 The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Chuck Schumer United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Nancy Pelosi United States House of Representatives United States...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/LT-CongressLeadership-CHIP-011018.pdf

AAFP Letter to Speak Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi on CHIP Reauthorization - November...

...November 2, 2017 The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Ryan and Democratic Leader Pelosi: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/LT-SpeakerRyanMinorityLeaderPelosi-CHIPReauthorization-110217.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Work Requirements

...MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has long advocated for preserving and strengthening Medicaid, a program upon which many vulnerable Americans rely. Recent efforts to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries conflict...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/BKG-MedicaidWorkRequirements.pdf

AAFP Goverment Relations Summary of President's Budget Request for FY 2019 - February ...

...GR Summary: President’s Budget Request for FY2019 On February 12, 2018, President Donald Trump transmitted his 2019 budget request to the Congress. Overall, the cuts proposed in this year’s request are less severe than last year’s, but the budget still calls for a $3.6 trillion...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/ES-GRSummaryPresidentBudgetRequestFY2019-021318.pdf

AAFP Response to HHS and DOT Guidance on Section 1332 Waivers - December 19, 2018

...December 19, 2018 Alex M. Azar II, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 David J. Kautter, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Department of Treasury 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20224 Dear Secretary Azar...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-1332Waivers-121918.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

Partnership for Medicaid Letter on COVID Package Priorities - April 17, 2020

...April 17, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-COVIDMedicaid-041720.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress in Support of an Increased Medicaid FMAP and Suspension of ...

...July 10, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader, United States Senate U.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Chuck Schumer Minority Leader, United States Senate U.S. Capitol Building, Room S-224 Washington, DC 20510...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-IncreasedMedicaidFMAP-071020.pdf

AAFP and Territory Chapter Letter to EandC Health Subcommittee on U.S. Territory ...

...June 19, 2019 The Honorable Anna Eshoo Chairwoman House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairwoman Eshoo...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-ECHealth-MedicaidTerritoryFunding-061919.pdf

Group of Six Joint Principles on Section 1115 Demonstration Waivers - December 8, 2017

...1 Section 1115 Demonstration Waivers and Other Proposals to Change Medicaid Benefits, Financing and Cost-sharing: Ensuring Access and Affordability Must be Paramount Joint principles of the following organizations representing front-line physicians: American...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Group6-PrinciplesMedicaidWaivers-120817.pdf

Group of Six Statement on Medicaid Work Requirements - January 12, 2018

...America’s Frontline Physicians: Statement on Medicaid Work Requirements Washington (January 12, 2018)-On behalf of the more than 560,000 physicians and medical students represented by the combined memberships of our organizations, we strongly urge the Centers for Medicare and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/ST-Group6-MedicaidWorkRequirements-011218.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Section 1135 Waivers

...SECTION 1135 WAIVERS What is a Section 1135 Waiver? Section 1135 of the Social Security Act allows the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to temporarily waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Health Insurance...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/BKG-Section1135Waivers.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on the 2021 and 2022 Part C and Part D Proposed Rule - April 6, 2020

...April 6, 2020 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-4190-P 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/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-2021PartCD-040620.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 Response to the CMS Proposed Rule on 2020 Part C/D - December 20, 2018

...December 20, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-4185-P 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/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-2020PartCDProposedRule-122018.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

AAFP Testimony to House Appropriations Labor HHS on FY 2020 Priorities - March 28, 2019

...John Cullen, MD, FAAFP-President, American Academy of Family Physicians Written Testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies - Fiscal Year 2020 The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/TS-HouseAppLabor-FY2020Priorities-032819.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate Appropriations Labor HHS on FY 2020 Priorities - April 12, 2019

...John Cullen, MD, FAAFP-President, American Academy of Family Physicians Outside Witness Testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2020 - April 12, 2019 The American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/TS-SenateAppLaborHHS-FY2020Priorities-041219.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on ACO Provisions in Two IFCs - May 14, 2020

...1 May 14, 2020 Ms. Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201 Re: Supporting ACOs in Response to COVID-19 (CMS-1744-IFC and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-CMS-COVIDIFCs-051420.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on the MSSP Application Date - January 18, 2018

...January 18, 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 Re: Extending the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-CMS-MSSPAppDeadline-011819.pdf

Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Innovation - November 28, 2018

...November 28, 2018 The Honorable Lamar Alexander The Honorable Patty Murray Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-SenateHELP-HealthCareInnovationHearing-112818.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

Joint Letter to CMS Urging Accelerated CPC+ Payments During COVID-19 Pandemic - March ...

...March 29, 2020 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services US Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 The Honorable Brad Smith Deputy Administrator and Director...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/medhome/LT-CMS-CPCPlusAdvancement-032920.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on Ruture of Program Integrity - November 20, 2019

...November 20, 2019 Alec Alexander, Deputy Administrator and Director Center for Program Integrity Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Deputy Administrator Alexander: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-FutureProgramIntegrity-112019.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on Using Advanced Technology in Program Integrity - November 20, 2019

...November 20, 2019 Alec Alexander, Deputy Administrator and Director Center for Program Integrity Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Deputy Administrator Alexander: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-UsingAdvTechProgramIntegriy-112019.pdf

Joint Letter on Application Programming Interfaces - September 11, 2019

...September 11, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chair Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 428 Senate Dirksen Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Frank Pallone Jr. Chair Committee on Energy and Commerce 2125 Rayburn...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-House-ApplicationProgrammingInterfaces-091119.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...

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

Joint Letter to ONC on Information Blocking - August 6, 2018

...August 6, 2018 Donald Rucker, MD National Coordinator Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Department of Health and Human Services 330 C St SW, Floor 7 Washington, DC 20201 Daniel R. Levinson Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-InfoBlocking-080618.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...

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

AAFP to ONC on the EHR Reporting Program - October 17, 2018

...October 17, 2018 Donald Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health IT Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Attention: EHR Reporting Program Request for Information Mary E. Switzer Building Mail Stop: 7033A 330 C...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-RFI-101718.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...

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

AAFP Letter to SAMHSA on Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder in Patient Records -...

...October 21, 2019 Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Department of Health and Human Services Attention: SAMHSA-Deepa Avula 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17E41 Rockville, MD 20857. Dear Assistant Secretary McCance-Katz: On...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-SAMHSA-ConfidentialitySubstanceUseDisorderPatientRecords-102119.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...

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

Joint Letter to DEA on Special Telehealth Regulations - October 26, 2020

...October 26, 2020 The Honorable Timothy Shea Acting Administrator Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Lincoln Place-West, 700 Army Navy Drive Arlington, VA 22202 Dear Administrator Shea: The undersigned organizations write to encourage the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-DEA-SpecialTelemedicineRegistration-102620.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FCC on Telehealth in Rural America - January 31, 2018

...January 31, 2018 Secretary Marlene H. Dortch FCC Reference Center, Room CY-A257 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 Re: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America, WC Docket No. 17-310 Dear Secretary Dortch: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-FCC-RuralTelehealth-013118.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...

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

AAFP Statement - Health Insurance Companies Need to Expand Coverage and Payment of ...

...AAFP Calls on Health Insurance Companies to Expand Coverage and Payment of Telehealth, Virtual Check-ins and E-visits The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) calls on Congress to require that all health insurance plans, including employer-sponsored plans regulated by the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/ST-TelemedicineVirtualCareCoveragePayment-031720.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder - Maintenance of Certification

...MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION Background Board certification is a voluntary process administered by specialty boards under the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and acts as an indicator of physician quality and safety in a specialty medical field. Previously, many board...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/BKG-MOC.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Prior Authorization and Step Therapy

...PRIOR AUTHORIZATION AND STEP THERAPY AAFP Recommendation The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) calls on prior authorizations to be standardized and universally electronic to promote efficiency and reduce physician administrative complexity. The manual, time-consuming...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/BKG-PriorAuthorization.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on Administrative Burdens - August 7, 2019

...August 7, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-6082-NC P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-AdminSimp-080719.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...

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

Joint Letter to Congress Supporting the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of...

...September 9, 2019 Dear Members of Congress: The undersigned patient, physician, health care professional, and other health care stakeholder organizations strongly support the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107) recently introduced...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-Congress-HR3107SignOn-090919.pdf

Joint Letter to the House Ways and Means Leadership on Surprise Billing - February 7, 2019

...February 7, 2019 The Honorable Richard E. Neal Chairman Committee on Ways and Means 1102 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kevin P. Brady Ranking Member Committee on Ways and Means 1139E Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-WaysMeans-SurpriseBilling-020719.pdf

AAFP to the Ways and Means Committee on Surprise Billing - October 10, 2019

...October 10, 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...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-WM-SurpriseBilling-101019.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Legislative Interference

...LEGISLATIVE INTERFERENCE AAFP Position The AAFP opposes governmental interference in the physician-patient relationship, which places political and other concerns over the ethical obligations physicians have toward their patients.1 Physicians largely remain committed to ensuring...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/BKG-LegislativeInterference.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Pharmacy Gag Clauses

...PHARMACY GAG CLAUSES AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports a variety of measures to increase transparency and promote affordability of critical medications. The AAFP recognizes the potential of affordable generic medications as a cost-effective...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/health/BKG-PharmacyGagClauses.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medical Liability

...MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM Recommendation The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes the trust that patients invest into their relationships with their family physicians. Medical liability laws exist to allow patients to seek recompense when physicians or other...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/BKG-MedicalLiability.pdf

Joint Federation Letter in Support of COVID Liability Reforms - June 9, 2020

...June 9, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker of the House of Representatives Senate Majority Leader U.S. Capitol Building, H-222 U.S. Capitol Building, S-230 Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/LT-Congress-COVIDLiabilityProtections-060920.pdf

Joint Letter in Support of COVID-19 Liability Reforms- May 27, 2020

...May 27, 2020 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: The undersigned organizations urge you to quickly enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These crucial protections should safeguard businesses, non-profit...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/LT-Congress-LiabilityProtectionsCOVID19-052720.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder - Drug Pricing and Transparency

...DRUG PRICING AND TRANSPARENCY AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) advocates for legislation ensuring the availability of effective, safe and affordable medications through policies that provide governmental authority to promote competition and...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/transparency/BKG-PharmaceuticalPricingTransparency.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2020 final Outpatient Perspective Payment System - November 6, 2019

...AAFP Summary of key provisions in the 2020 Final Outpatient Prospective Payment System On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule with comment period titled Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/transparency/ES-2020FinalOPPS-110619.pdf

Congressional Primary Care Caucus List - May 2021

...Congressional Primary Care Caucus Membership (as of May 2021) 1) Joe Courtney, Co-Chair (D-CT) 2) David Rouzer, Co-Chair (R-NC) 3) Robert Aderholt (R-AL) 4) Ami Bera (D-CA) 5) Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) 6) Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) 7) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) 8)...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/misc/CongressionalPrimaryCareCaucusList.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Primary Care Spend

...PRIMARY CARE SPEND What is Primary Care? Primary care is the essential foundation of a successful, sustainable health care system and is provided by physicians specifically trained for and skilled in comprehensive first contact and continuing care for persons with any undiagnosed...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/BKG-PrimaryCareSpend.pdf

CPC+ Practice Sign-on Letter to CMMI - May 14, 20201

...May 14, 2021 Elizabeth Fowler, JD, PhD Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Baltimore, MD 21244 Re: Sunset of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Dear Dr. Fowler: On behalf of the 167...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/CPC+PracticeLetter-051421.pdf

AAFP and VTAFP Letter in Support of VT HB 89 and SB 53 - February 12, 2019

...February 12, 2019 The Honorable Tim Ashe President Pro Tempore Senate 115 State Street Montpelier, VT 05633 The Honorable Virginia Lyons Chair Senate Committee on Health and Welfare 115 State Street Montpelier, VT 0563 Dear Senators, On behalf of the American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-AsheLippert-Vermont-021219.pdf

AAFP Response to ASPE Study on Social Risk Factors - November 14, 2018

...November 14, 2018 John O’Brien, Deputy Assistant Secretary Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 415F Washington, DC 20201 Dear Deputy Assistant Secretary O’Brien: On behalf of the American Academy...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-ASPE-SDOH-111418.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Regarding CPC+ 2017 PBIP Performance Reports - October 12, 2018

...October 12, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1701-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-CPC-PBIP-101218.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on APM Bonus Payments - September 16, 2019

...September 16, 2019 Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Administrator Verma: We, the nine undersigned organizations, write to express our strong concern with the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-APMBonusPayments-091619.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

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