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AAFP Backgrounder: Congressional Primary Care Caucus

Background information from the AAFP on the Congressional Primary Care Caucus.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/misc/BKG-CongressionalPrimaryCareCaucus.pdf

Congressional Primary Care Caucus List

A current list of Primary Care Caucus members.

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to CMMI on Alternative Payment Models - May 25, 2021

AAFP and others offer recommendations to CMMI on the implementation of APMs, specifically advancing health equity, physician participation, incentive payments, and investments.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMMI-APMs-052521.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

Joint Letter to HHS on Advancing Health Equity and Value through APMS - September 9, 2021

The AAFP joined a coalition of 17 organizations sending a letter to Secretary Becerra focused on advancing value-based alternative payment models.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-HHS-AdvancingValue-090921.pdf

Joint Letter to House in Support of Value in Health Care Act - July 20, 2021

Fourteen health groups support the Value in Health Care Act, legislation to strengthen Medicare value-based payment models and encourage greater physician participation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-House-ValueAct-072021.pdf

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

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Direct Primary Care

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports the physician and patient choice to provide and receive health care in any ethical health care delivery system model, including the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/BKG-DPC.pdf

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

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Introductory Letter to Medicaid Director Daniel Tsai - July 7, 2021

The AAFP congratulates Mr. Tsai on his appointment and looks forward to working with him on Medicaid payment parity for primary care, managed care oversight, expanding eligibility and coverage, transitioning to value-based health care system, and extending postpartum coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-CMS-DirectorDanielTsaiIntro-070721.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Medicaid Payment Parity - June 10, 2021

Joint letter from AAFP and other physician organizations to Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, and Minority Leaders McCarthy and McConnell asking Congress to address Medicaid payment for primary care as part of efforts to expand access to health coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-CongressionalLeaders-MedicaidPaymentParity-061021.pdf

Joint Letter of Support to Senators Brown and Murray for Ensuring Access to Primary ...

Joint Letter of Support for Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women and Children Act - May 27, 2021

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-SenBrownMurray-EnsuringAccessPrimaryCareWomenChildrenAct-052721.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule - ...

The AAFP submitted detailed comments in response to the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule. Key issues include: fair valuation and payment for primary care services, facilitating the transition to value-based care, reducing administrative ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-MedicarePhysicianFeeScheduleProposedRule-091021.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders on 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed ...

Joint letter from more than 100 medical organizations calling on Congress to extend financial relief to physicians by maintaining the 3.75% increase to the conversion factor for the Medicare physician fee schedule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CongressionalLeadership-MPFS2022-072321.pdf

2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP Response to the CMS 2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2104ProposedMPFS-082913.pdf

AAFP Intro Letter to Director of Medicare Dr. Meena Seshamani - July 7, 2021

The AAFP congratulates Dr. Seshamani on her appointment and looks forward to working with her to properly value primary care, reduce physicians administrative burdens, build a robust workforce, ensure permanent coverage of telehealth services, and transition to a value-based health care...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-DirectorMeenaSeshamaniIntro-070721.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Innovation Center Director - March 12, 2021

The AAFP and the Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care (PEPC) congratulate Liz Fowler on her appoint as director of CMMI and requests a meeting to emphasize the importance of value-based payment.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-FowlerWelcome-031221.pdf

AAFP-ACP Joint Letter to CMS Director on Primary Care First Program - May 3, 2021

This letter calls on CMS to address and improve Population Based Payment (PBP), Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), quality measures, and telehealth methodology for annual wellness visits.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PrimaryCareFirstProgram-050321.pdf

AAPF Letter to Ways and Means on Stark Law and MACRA

AAFP response to a request for information from the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, on the topic of what modifications to the Stark Law are needed for MACRA implementation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-WaysandMeans-StarkLaw-020516.pdf

AAFP State Backgrounder: Medicaid Primary Care Payment Parity

Background information from the AAFP on Medicaid payment parity..

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/parity/BKG-MedicaidPrimaryCarePaymentParity-State.pdf

General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/CMSGeneralTelemedicineToolkit.pdf

Joint Letter to House in Support of the Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax ...

AAFP, along with others, support the legislation since it removes the negative tax implications for Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund recipients by ensuring that all Provider Relief Fund assistance is not taxable, while maintaining that expenses tied to this assistance ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-House-EliminatingProviderReliefFundTaxPenaltiesAct-041921.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Pressing Support for the CDC Climate and Health Program - ...

Signers of this letter request $50 million for FY22 to support the CDC’s Climate and Health Program. These funds will help support state and local health departments prepare and protect their communities from health threats posed by climate change.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-Congress-FY22CDCClimateHealth-032221.pdf

Joint Statement on Indoor Tanning Tax - June 10, 2015

Joint statement signed by AAFP on efforts to repeal the tax on indoor tanning.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/ST-TanningTax-061015.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: LGBTQ+ Health

The AAFP supports full legal equality for same-gender families, including individuals that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer or questioning (LGBTQ+), as well as access to health care that addresses health disparities that occur within this historically ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/BKG-LGBTQ+Health.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

Joint Letter of Support for Anti-Racism in Public Health Act - June 23, 2021

The AAFP and four other frontline physician groups sent a letter in support of the anti-racism in public health act and called for investments in public health programs that will research and help end structural racism and discriminatory policing.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-House-SupportAntiRacismInPublicHealthAct2021-062321.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Congress on COVID-19 Long-haul Symptoms - April 27, 2021

AAFP submitted testimony to the Energy and Commerce committee on COVID-19 long-haul symptoms. The AAFP calls on Congress to address workforce shortages, primary care payment, high deductible health plans, coverage, ADA and FMLA compliance, and research.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/TS-Congress-COVID19LongHaulSymptoms-042721.pdf

AAFP Testimony to House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee - June 23, 2021

AAFP’s testimony to the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee endorses 8 bills that are being considered that address health equity, including systemic racism, and improves data reporting. The testimony also highlights the role of family physicians in mitigating health inequities by ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/TS-Congress-HealthEquityHearing-062321.pdf

Joint Letter to DoT on Federal Diabetes Exemption Program - December 7, 2015

Letter to the Department of Transportation urging they allow primary care physicians the ability to complete exemption forms for commercial drivers with diabetes

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-DoT-Diabetes-120715.pdf

AAFP Comments to DEA on MAT Interim Final Rule - December 23, 2020

AAFP comments on the DEA Medication-Assisted treatment interim final rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-DEA-MATFinalRule-122320.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 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

Joint Letter to House Pressing Support for Gun Violence Research - March 25, 2021

The organizations in this letter believe gun violence is a national public health epidemic and stand for non-biased, evidence-based research to help identify policy solutions to this crisis.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-House-GunResearch-032521.pdf

Joint Letter to Senate Pressing Support for Gun Violence Research - March 25, 2021

The organizations in this letter believe gun violence is a national public health epidemic and stand for non-biased, evidence-based research to help identify policy solutions to this crisis.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Senate-GunResearch-032521.pdf

Joint Letter Supporting FY 2022 Appropriations for CDC Data Modernization Initiative - ...

The AAFP and others are support at least $250 million in appropriations for CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative in FY 2022. The Data Modernization Initiative is designed to invest in new and upgraded technologies that detect, track and analyze trends around disease outbreaks.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-CDCDataModernizationInitiativeFY2022Appropriations-042721.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 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

Joint Comments to CMS on Removal of Tobacco Intervention for Inpatient Psychiatric ...

The AAFP and other organizations submitted joint comments to CMS opposing the removal of a quality measure which requires inpatient psychiatric facilities, who participate in prospective payment systems, to report if they offer tobacco cessation treatment.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-CMS-TobaccoInterventionRemovalInpatientPsychiatricFacilityPPS-0721.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Opposing HR 2058 - December 2, 2015

Joint letter to Congress opposing HR 2058, a bill that would exempt e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from FDA Review.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Congress-FDADeeming-120215.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Opposing FDA Cigar Exemption - February 25, 2015

Joint letter to the U.S. House of Representatives expressing strong opposition to H.R. 662, legislation that would exempt many cigars from regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA). The letter calls for the FDA to retain oversight authority over all ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Con-Cigars-022515.pdf

Menthol in Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

AAFP Letter to the FDA on Menthol in Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-Menthol-080713.pdf

Joint Letter to House on Smoke-Free VHA Facilities - June 7, 2021

AAFP and other organizations sent a letter to Reps. Wenstrup and Underwood in support their legislation to make Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities fully smoke-free.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-House-SmokeFreeVHA-060721.pdf

Joint Letter to the White House Requesting Final FDA Deeming Regulations - April 28, 2015

Joint letter to President Obama requesting the final FDA deeming regulation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Obama-FDADeeming-042815.pdf

Joint Letter to USPS on E-cigarette Mailing Restrictions - March 22, 2021

The AAFP supports applying current tobacco mailing restrictions to e-cigarettes. We remain concerned about the impact of tobacco and nicotine addiction on patients and support regulations to prevent the use of these harmful substances.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-USPS-CommentsECigRestrictions-032221.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Immunizations

Background information from the AAFP on immunizations.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/BKG-Immunizations.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 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

AVAC Support Letter of the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act - January 28, ...

AAFP supports the legislation because it would improve, enhance, and expand the ability of immunization information systems (IIS) to securely exchange real-time immunization record data between federal health agencies, state, local, tribal, and territorial public health programs and ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-AVACSupportImmunizationInfrastructureModernizationAct-012821.pdf

Joint Letter Endorsing the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021 - March ...

The AAFP supports the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021 which would eliminate out-of-pocket costs for vaccines covered under Medicare Part D and improve vaccine awareness and education for beneficiaries.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-ProtectingSeniorsThroughImmunizationAct-031521.pdf

Joint Letter in Support of the Strengthening the Vaccines for Children Program Act - ...

AAFP, along with others, support the legislation since builds on the Vaccines for Children program by investing in the vaccine delivery system and supporting primary care physicians in order to further reduce barriers to care and help families catch up on routine vaccinations.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-StrengtheningVaccinesChildrenProgramAct-041621.pdf

Joint Letter to the White House on COVID Vaccine Distribution to Physicians

We urge the White House to make it simpler for office-based physicians, including primary care physicians and pediatricians, to access COVID-19 vaccines.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-WhiteHouse-HHS-COVIDVaccineDistributionPhysicians-101321.pdf

AAFP Testimony to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis - July 1, 2021

Family physicians play an integral role in improving the health of the public by diagnosing and treating their patients, as well as counseling patients and administering vaccines.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/TS-HouseSelectCOVIDCommittee-VaccineHesitancy-070121.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate HELP Committee on Vaccine Confidence - June 22, 2021

Family physicians play an integral role in improving the health of the public by diagnosing and treating their patients, as well as counseling patients and administering vaccines.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/TS-SenateHELPCmte-VaccineConfidence-062221.pdf

Joint Letter of Support for the Women’s Health Protection Act - June 14, 2021

Joint letter from AAFP and other physician organizations to Senator Blumenthal and Representative Chu endorsing the Women’s Health Protection Act.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-BlumenthalChu-WHPA-061421.pdf

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

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter 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 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 of Support for the COVID-19 Safe Birthing Act - May 13, 2021

The AAFP endorses Rep. Pressley’s bill to expand maternal telehealth for Medicaid beneficiaries and extend Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for one year postpartum.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-RepPressley-COVID19SafeBirthingAct-051321.pdf

Joint Letter to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Supporting the Protecting Moms Who...

The AAFP endorses the Protecting Moms who Served Act, which will ensure there is critical support for maternity care coordination programs to address the clinical and nonclinical perinatal needs of veterans and ensure effective coordination between VA and non-VA facilities in the ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-VACmte-ProtectingMomsWhoServedAct-041521.pdf

Group of Six Statement Opposing Texas Legislation that Threatens Access to Reproductive...

Statement from the Group of Six opposing recent Texas legislation that threatens access to reproductive care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/ST-G6-OpposingTexasLegislationCriminalizesReproductivePatientCare-090221.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Student Loan Repayment Programs

Background information from the AAFP on student loan repayment programs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/BKG-StudentLoanRepaymentPrograms.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 Comments to CMS on the FY 2022 IPPS Proposed Rule - June 7, 2021

The AAFP commends CMS for prioritizing health equity in these proposals. To more comprehensively address physician shortages and maldistribution, we strongly recommend that CMS also prioritize applications for new GME slots from hospitals that train a high proportion of physicians who ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CMS-FY2022IPPSProposedRule-060721.pdf

Joint CAFM Comments on the FY 2022 IPPS Proposed Rule - June 8, 2021

The AAFP commends CMS for prioritizing health equity in these proposals. To more comprehensively address physician shortages and maldistribution, we strongly recommend that CMS also prioritize applications for new GME slots from hospitals that train a high proportion of physicians who ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CAFM-CMS-FY2022IPPSProposedRule-060821.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Regarding GME Implementation Recommendations - March 4, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, included several policy changes related to graduate medical education. The AAFP joined the Council of Academic Family Medicine to provide recommendations to CMS for how these provisions should be implemented in forthcoming recommendations.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CMS-GMEImplementationRecs-030421.pdf

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

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

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to Congress Requesting Inclusion of S. 1893 in Reconciliation Package - ...

The AAFP and others urge Congress to include the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2021 (S. 1893) in the upcoming reconciliation bill.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-RuralGMEReconciliation-083121.pdf

THC Coalition Letter to Congress Requesting Funds in next COVID Package - February 5, 2021

AAFP, as part of the Teaching Health Centers Coalition, is requesting funds for the Teaching Health Center GME (THCGME) Program in the next COVID-19 relief package.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-RequestTHCFundsNextCOVIDBill-020521.pdf

Group of 6 Letter to the Department of Labor on H-1B Physician Wage Data Sources - June...

The Group of 6 strongly encourages DOL and other agencies to develop policies that encourage international medical graduates to practice in the United States. H-1B physicians are vital to addressing workforce shortages and ensuring access to comprehensive care, particularly in rural and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DOL-G6-H1BPrevailingWage-060121.pdf

AAFP Letter to the Senate in Support of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act - April...

The bill would recapture 15,000 unused immigrant visas for doctors that Congress has previously authorized and allocate those visas to doctors to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Senate-WorkforceResilienceAct-042121.pdf

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

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Naturopaths

Background information from the AAFP on scope of practice for naturopaths..

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Psychologists

Background information from the AAFP on the scope of practice for psychologists.

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to the VA on the Federal Supremacy Project - July 29, 2021

The AAFP joined several organizations to express significant concerns with the VA’s Federal Supremacy project, which will create national standards of practice for physicians and every other health care practitioner employed by the VA. These standards will preempt state scope of ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-VA-SupremacyProject-072921.pdf

Group of 6 Letter to the Biden Administration on Health Care Priorities - February 17, ...

Letter from the Group of Six to President Biden and administration officials outlining policy recommendations on COVID-19 response, health care coverage, workforce, immigration and health equity.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-G6-POTUS-HealthCarePriorities-021721.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 Comments to HHS on Notice of Benefit Payment Parameters Plan Year 2022 Proposed ...

The AAFP is committed to building on the successes of the ACA and ensuring that all individuals have access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. The AAFP strongly opposes finalizing this regulation as proposed.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-Comments2022NBPP-122320.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Medicaid Postpartum Coverage - February 5, 2021

Joint letter of support urging HHS to approve pending section 1115 demonstration waivers to expand Medicaid postpartum coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-HHS-PostpartumCoverageSec1115Waivers-020521.pdf

Joint Letter to House Reps Supporting the Kids Access to Primary Care Act - March 16, 2021

The AAFP supports the Kids Access to Primary Care Act, which would raise Medicaid payment for preventative pediatric care and increase access and availability of services without cost-sharing.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-House-KidsAccessPrimaryCareAct-031621.pdf

AAFP Congressional Testimony on Territory Medicaid Funding - March 17, 2021

The AAFP submits testimony to the House Energy and Commerce hearing regarding funding for Medicaid in the U.S. territories. The AAFP strongly urges Congress to adopt a long-term plan for funding Medicaid in the territories.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/TS-EC-TerritoryMedicaidFunding-031721.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Congress to Provide Sequester Relief - ...

This sign-on lends support for the Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act (H.R. 315), which would prevent the 2 percent Medicare sequester from going into effect on March 31st.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CongressLeaders-ProvideSequesterRelief-031221.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Protected Drug Classes in Medicare Part D Modernization Model - ...

Medicare’s protected drug classes are essential to ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries can access the medications they need. We urge CMS to maintain the protected drug classes in the Part D Modernization model and withdraw recently announced flexibilities.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-HHS-ProtectedClasses-022521.pdf

AAFP Testimony to House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Telehealth - March ...

AAFP in its written testimony reiterated its position that telehealth can enhance patient-physician collaborations, increase access to care, improve health outcomes by enabling timely care interventions, and decrease costs when utilized as a component of, and coordinated with, ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-EC-Telehealth-030121.pdf

AAFP Testimony from Dr. Davis to Senate Finance Committee - May 21, 2021

Dr. Kisha Davis’ written testimony to the Senate Finance Committee for a hearing on telehealth and other CMS flexibilities for health care providers made available during the COVID-19 PHE.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-SenateFinanceCmte-DavisTelehealth-051921.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 Comments to HHS on Proposed Rule to Automate Prior Authorizations - December 23, 2020

The AAFP is in favor of requirements for payers to automate and respond to prior authorization requests in a timely manner, so we are concerned that this proposal will not have a meaningful impact on reducing administrative burden, since it does not include Medicare Advantage plans or ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-PriorAuthProposedRule-122320.pdf

AAFP Letter to the 117th Congress Outlining AAFP Priorities - January 8, 2021

AAFP's President, Dr. Ada Stewart, welcomes the 117th Congress and introduces priorities important to the future of family medicine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/misc/LT-Congress-117CongressAAFPPriorities-010821.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

Joint Testimony to Energy and Commerce Committee on Medicaid Physician Payment - March ...

Testimony from AAFP, AAP, ACP, ACOG and AOA to the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee for legislative hearing on ACA improvements in support of H.R. 1025 the Kids Access to Primary Care Act.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/TS-EC-ACAHearing-032321.pdf

APC-APM for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Proposal to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee regarding the Advanced Primary Care: A Foundational Alternative Payment Model (APC-APM) for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/PR-PTAC-APC-APM-41417.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule - July 22, 2021

AAFP staff have developed this initial summary of major proposals in the 2022 MPFS for members.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-2022MPFSProposedRule-072221.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule - January 5, 2021 ...

A redlined version of the AAFP's summary on the 2021 MPFS Final Rule highlighting January 5 updates.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-MPFS2021FinalRule-120420.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on FQHC Payment Changes Needed for COVID-19 Vaccinations - February...

Current FQHC payment structures under Medicare and Medicaid are not sufficient to support high levels of COVID-19 vaccination. We recommend CMS make several modifications to ensure timely access to the vaccine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-COVID-19VaccineReimbursement-021921.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Interim Final Rules - ...

AAFP comment to CMS on priorities to consider for the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Interim Final Rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-CommentsCY2021MPFSInterim-012921.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Payment for Primary Care

Background information from the AAFP on Medicaid payment parity..

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/parity/BKG-MedicaidPrimaryCarePaymentParity.pdf

AAFP Executive Summary: 2020 Year End Funding Bill and COVID-19 Emergency Funding Key ...

On Dec. 22, President Trump signed legislation into law which funds the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2021 and provides about $900 billion in COVID-19 emergency funding. The bipartisan agreement is the fourth legislative package passed in response to the COVID-19 ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/ES-2020YearEndBillHighlights-122220.pdf

Fact Sheet on State Actions to Address COVID-19

A fact sheet from the AAFP helping states to address COVID-19

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/FS-StateAdvocacyCOVID19.pdf

Joint Letter to Senate on the Equality Act - May 13, 2021

The AAFP joins other primary care orgs to express support for the Act, which will provide affirmative, statutory nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans both in the workplace and in the community.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-Senate-EqualityAct-051321.pdf

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