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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 the 2017 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP regulatory comment letter sent to CMS in response to the 2017 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-MPFS2017-081916.pdf

AAFP Response to the 2020 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - September 18, 2019

...September 18, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1715-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-2020ProposedMPFSComments-091819.pdf

AAFP Response to the CMS Medicaid/CHIP managed care Proposed Rule - January 14, 2019

...January 14, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-2408-P P.O. Box 8016, 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/medicaid/LT-CMS-MedicaidCHIPManagedCare-011419.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 Response to the Direct Contracting Geographic PBP Request for Information - May ...

...May 20, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMMI-DirectContracting-052019.pdf

AAFP Response to the EPA’s Proposed Rule on SAFE Vehicles Rules - October 24, 2018

...October 24, 2018 Andrew Wheeler, Administrator EPA Docket Center Environmental Protection Agency Mail Code 28221T Air and Radiation Docket Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20460 Dear Administrator Wheeler, On behalf of the American...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-EPA-CleanCars-102418.pdf

AAFP Response to the HHS Draft Report on Pain Management - April 1, 2019

...April 1, 2019 Vanila M. Singh, Chief Medical Officer U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health 200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 736E Washington, DC 20201 Dear Dr. Singh: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-HHS-PainManagement-040119.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 Response to Ways and Means Committee RFI on Misuse of Race in Clinical Care - ...

...October 16, 2020 The Honorable Richard Neal Chair, Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC Dear Chairman Neal: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the 136,700 family physicians and medical students we represent, I write in...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-WaysMeans-RFIMisuseRaceClinicalCare-101620.pdf

AAFP State Advocacy

Use the AAFP’s suite of state advocacy resources, toolkits, and information to help in advocating both at the state and federal levels.

Advocacy : State Advocacy Efforts

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/state.html

AAFP State Advocacy: Backgrounders

Use the AAFP Center for State Policy’s backgrounder library to learn about state-based advocacy issues.

Advocacy : State Advocacy Efforts

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/state/backgrounders.html

AAFP State Advocacy: Webinars

Learn about issues influencing health care and how AAFP constituent chapters are advancing family medicine-focused policies at the state level.

Advocacy : State Advocacy Efforts

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/state/webinars.html

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

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...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Statement Calling on HHS to Rescind Title X Rule - February 25, 2019

...AAFP CALLS ON HHS TO RESCIND TITLE X RULE: STAY OUT OF PATIENT-PHYSICIAN RELATIONSHIP AND PROTECT WOMEN’S HEALTH Monday, February 25, 2019 Statement attributable to: John Cullen, MD President American Academy of Family Physicians The American Academy of Family Physicians is...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/ST-TitleX-022519.pdf

AAFP Statement on DHS Child-Adult Separation Policy - June 16, 2018

...American Academy of Family Physicians Statement Regarding the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Policy to Separate Children from Adult Caregivers The American Academy of Family Physicians opposes the forced separation of children from their families or caregivers during...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/ST-DHSPolicyChild-AdultSeparation-061618.pdf

AAFP Statement on Regulatory and Adminstraive Reforms - January 30, 2017

...AAFP’s Agenda for Regulatory and Administrative Reforms Primary care - and particularly family medicine - is foundational to continued progress in reforming our nation’s health care system. Family medicine and primary care are delivered by dedicated individual family physicians and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/ST-Reg-Admin-Reform-013117.pdf

AAFP Statement on the Trump Administration Executive Order on Child-Adult Separation - ...

...AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS STATEMENT ON EXECUTIVE ORDER ADDRESSING FAMILY SEPARATION AT BORDER CROSSINGS The American Academy of Family Physicians continues to place high priority on the mental and physical health and safety of families separated during border crossings....

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/ST-TrumpAdminExecOrder-ChildAdultSeparation-062118.pdf

AAFP Statement Supporting Continued Access to Reproductive Health Services During the ...

...April 2, 2020 The American Academy of Family Physicians Support of Continued Access to Reproductive Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 members, supports continuous access to timely, necessary...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/ST-RHHealthDuringCOVID-040220.pdf

AAFP Statement to House Small Business Committee on Student Debt and Practice - June ...

...Statement of the American Academy of Family Physicians Submitted for the Record to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business Hearing: The Doctor is Out. Rising Student Loan Debt and the Decline of the Small Medical Practice June 12, 2019 American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/TS-HouseSmBusinessComm-StudentDebtPractice-061219.pdf

AAFP Statement to Senate Finance Committee on MACRA - May 8, 2019

...Statement of the American Academy of Family Physicians By John S. Cullen, MD, FAAFP President American Academy of Family Physicians To Senate Finance Committee On Medicare Physician Payment Reform After Two Years: Examining MACRA Implementation and the Road...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/ST-FinanceCommittee-MACRA-050819.pdf

AAFP Statement to the EandC Committee’s Hearing on Investing in America’s Health Care -...

...Statement for the Record to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health Hearing, Investing in America’s Health Care June 4, 2019 On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) thank you for the opportunity to submit this Statement for the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/ST-EC-InvestingAmericanHealthCare-060419.pdf

AAFP Statement to the Senate HELP Committee on Health Care Access and Underserved ...

...Statement for the Record to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing Access to Care: Health Centers and Providers in Underserved Communities January 29, 2019 On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) thank you for the opportunity...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/ST-SFRHELP-AccessUnderservedHearing-012919.pdf

AAFP Statement to the Senate HELP Committee on its Healthy Communities Hearing - ...

...Statement for the Record to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Hearing Encouraging Healthy Communities: Perspective from the U.S. Surgeon General November 15, 2017 On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) thank you for the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/ST-SenateHELP-HealthyCommunitiesHearing-111517.pdf

AAFP Summary of CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program ...

Medicare payment, alternative payment models, ACOs, telehealth, vaccines, administrative simplification

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/ES-MPFS2022FinalRule-110821.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2019 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - November 8, 2018

...AAFP summary of the 2019 final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule with comment period titled, Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-2019FinalMPFS-110818.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...

Advocacy

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

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

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 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 Support Letter for the Recognizing Gun Violence As a Public Health Emergency Act -...

...February 8, 2019 The Honorable Robin Kelly U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Kelly: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-SenKelly-PHEmergency-020819.pdf

AAFP Support Letter for the Tobacco to 21 Act - May 29, 2019

...May 29, 2019 The Honorable Brian Schatz The Honorable Todd Young U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Diana DeGette The Honorable Chris Stewart U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-SchatzYoungDeGetteStewart-Tobacco21Act-052919.pdf

AAFP Support Letter for the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of...

...January 30, 2019 The Honorable Susan Collins The Honorable Jon Tester U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 25010 The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito The Honorable Doug Jones U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senators Collins,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Senate-SupportTrainingNextGenPCDoctorsAct-013019.pdf

AAFP Testimony for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Telehealth - April 28,...

AAFP testimony for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on telehealth for Aprill 28, 2021.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-WMCmte-Telehealth-042821.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 Testimony from Dr. Ransone to Senate Commerce Subcommittee - October 7, 2021

Full success of telehealth cannot be achieved without significantly improving our nation’s broadband infrastructure. COVID-19 has highlighted the utility and importance of broadband for access to primary care, mental and behavioral health care, education, remote work, applications for ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-SenateCommerceCmte-RansoneTelehealth-100721.pdf

AAFP Testimony House EandC Subcommittee on CHIP, THCGME Reauthorization

...Statement of American Academy of Family Physicians Submitted for the Record House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee Examining the Extension of Safety Net Health Programs June 14, 2017 June 14, 2017 Page 2 of 5 On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/TS-House-ExpandSNHealthPrograms-061417.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 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 House Energy and Commerce Committee on Health Care Workforce - ...

The AAFP offered testimony on the importance of investing in the primary care workforce to address physician shortages and maldistribution, reforming Medicare GME to align with workforce needs (including the need for assessment), diversifying the physician workforce.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/TS-Congress-GMEWorkforce-102621.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

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 to House Small Business Committee on Prior Authorization- September 11, ...

...Statement of the American Academy of Family Physicians By John S. Cullen, MD, FAAFP President American Academy of Family Physicians To U.S. House Small Business Committee Hearing - Utilization Management: Barriers to Care and Burdens on Small Medical Practices...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/TS-HouseSmallBusinessCommittee-PriorAuth-091119.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

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

AAFP Testimony to Senate Finance on Mental Health - June 25, 2021

The AAFP commented on the importance of mental health care and the role of the Collaborative Care Model, telemedicine, trauma-informed care, adequate payment, tobacco cessation, and addressing inequities.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/medhome/TS-SenateFinance-MentalHealth-062521.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate HELP Committee on COVID Response - March 9, 2021

AAFP in its written testimony shares the family physician perspective and specific policy recommendations for ensuring that our health care system can make a complete recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/TS-SenateHELP-COVIDResposnse-030921.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate HELP Committee on COVID-19 Response - November 4, 2021

The AAFP's testimony highlights the important role of family physicians in the next phase of the pandemic, including counseling families and vaccine-hesitant patients and vaccinating children and adults. The Academy also calls for additional investments in the primary care workforce to ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/TS-SenateHELP-COVIDResponse-110421.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate HELP Committee on Health Care Workforce - May 20, 2021

AAFP’s testimony to the HELP Committee provides policy recommendations to ensure that our nation has a robust primary care workforce that is equipped to address our population health needs and facilitate access to health care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce health care costs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/TS-SenateHELPCmte-HealthCareWorkforce052021.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

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 to DHS Expressing Concern on the Public Charge Proposed Rule - December 3, 2018

...December 3, 2018 Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary Department of Homeland Security 20 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20529-2140 Dear Secretary Nielsen: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400 family physicians and medical students...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-DHS-PublicCharge-120318.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...

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP: Congress 101

Learn more about Congress so you can jump start your advocacy efforts on behalf of family medicine.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/grassroots/congress-101.html

AAFP: Congressional Bill Tracker

Use the AAFP’s bill tracker to see which pieces of legislation have the potential to impact you and where your legislators stand on those issues.

Advocacy : Track Family Medicine Bills and Issues

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/track/congressional-bill-tracker.html

AAFP: FamMedPAC

FamMedPAC is the only political action committee focused on family medicine. Join us as we fight for family physicians and their patients.

Advocacy : Support the Family Medicine Cause: AAFP FamMedPAC

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/support.html

AAFP: Grassroots

Use the AAFP’s grassroots advocacy resources to help maximize your voice in advocating for family medicine with your Senators and Representatives.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/grassroots.html

AAFP: Lobbying 101

Make the most of your upcoming congressional meeting by learning about lobbying, which is an important part of the advocacy process.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/grassroots/lobbying-101.html

AAFP: Primary Care Caucus

The Primary Care Caucus focuses its efforts on an approach to advance primary care that is comprehensive, continuous, and connected.

Advocacy : Track Family Medicine Bills and Issues

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/track/primary-care-caucus.html

AAFP's Family Medicine Action Network

The AAFP Family Medicine Action Network is a grassroots program uniting family physicians under one goal: advancing family medicine.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/family-medicine-action-network.html

AAFP’s Response to COVID-19 Policy Changes - May 31, 2020

...May 31, 2020 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1744-IFC and CMS-5531-IFC P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Re: AAFP’s Response to COVID-19 Policy Changes (CMS-1744-IFC and CMS-5531-IFC) Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-CMS-IFC1andIFC2-053120.pdf

AAFP/AMA Backgrounder: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

...Patients need access to care now. Evidence shows medication-assisted treatment (MAT) works. More people are dying from heroin and illicit fentanyl, despite a decrease in opioid prescriptions. The AMA and AAFP Urge Removing All Barriers to Treatment for Substance Use Disorder...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/BKG-AMA-AAFP-MAT.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

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

AB-OregonVAzar-062519.pdf

...No. 19-35386(L) IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT STATE OF OREGON, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. ALEX M. AZAR II, in his Official Capacity as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al.,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-OregonVAzar-062519.pdf

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

The AAFP supports the ACO model, and promotes benchmarks, information systems, and payment regulations that protect both patients and family physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery/acos.html

ACO Coalition Letter to HHS on MSSP Quality Overhaul - May 4, 2021

The AAFP submits comments to HHS on concerns with reporting for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), specifically relating to electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) and Merit-based Incentive Payment System Clinical Quality Measures (MIPS CQMs).

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-HHS-MSSPQualityOverhaul-050421.pdf

Administrative Simplification

Reducing administrative burden is a critical step in protecting the overall well-being of family physicians and reducing the cost of health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/simplification.html

Advocacy

The AAFP fights on behalf of the speciality of family medicine and its members at the federal and state levels.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy.html

Affordable Coverage Coalition Principles for Extending Coverage and Protecting Patients

These joint principles represent the nation’s physicians, hospitals, employers, and health insurance providers to collectively desire to achieve universal coverage.

Advocacy

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

Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

The AAFP recommends the study of APMs to inform regulatory changes on payment, including the merit-based incentive program and the primary care spend model.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/apms.html

Amicus Brief - Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University fo ...

...Nos. 18-587, 18-588, and 18-589 IN THE Supreme Court of the United States _________ DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, ET AL., Petitioners, v. REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, ET AL., Respondents. _________ On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-AAMC-DACA.pdf

Amicus Brief: Dobbs V Jackson Womens Health Organization - September 20, 2021

...No. 19-1392 IN THE Supreme Court of the United States THOMAS E. DOBBS, M.D., M.P.H., STATE HEALTH OFFICER, MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, et al., Petitioners, v. JACKSON WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATION, et al., Respondents. ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-DobbsVJacksonWomensHealth-092021.pdf

Amicus Brief: Planned Parenthood S. Atlantic V Wilson - September 8, 2021

...No. 21-1369 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT PLANNED PARENTHOOD SOUTH ATLANTIC; GREENVILLE WOMEN’S CLINIC; TERRY L. BUFFKIN, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. ALAN WILSON, in his official capacity as Attorney General of South Carolina; WILLIAM WALTER WILKINS...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-PlannedParenthoodSAtlanticVWilson-090821.pdf

Amicus Brief: State of California v. Azar - July 8, 2019

...No. 19-15974(L) IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT STATE OF CALIFORNIA, by and through Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. ALEX M. AZAR II, in his Official Capacity as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-CaliforniaVAzar-070819.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

Amicus Brief: United States V. Texas Re: Abortion Ban - October 19, 2021

...No. 21A85 IN THE Supreme Court of the United States ---------- THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Applicant, v. THE STATE OF TEXAS, ET AL., Respondents. ---------- ON EMERGENCY APPLICATION TO VACATE STAY OF PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-USvTexas-abortion-101921.pdf

Antitrust/Collective Negotiation

The AAFP advocates updating antitrust laws impacting family physicians and for the inclusion of health insurance companies within the antitrust scope.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal/antitrust-collective-negotiation.html

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

AVAC Support Letter of the Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act - January 22, 2021

AAFP supports the legislation because it would provide funding to develop, scale, and evaluate local initiatives to promote recommended vaccinations during the pandemic, and help address vaccine hesitancy.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-SmithUnderwood-AVACSupportCommunityImmunityDuringCOVID19Act-012221.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

Backgrounder: Primary Care Hill Briefing from the AAFP, AAP, and ACP - October 6, 2020

...Our three organizations represent the nation’s frontline physicians who furnish the overwhelming majority of primary care to our nation’s children, adults, and elderly for a full-range of physical conditions including diagnosing and treating millions of patients and their families for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/BKG-PrimaryCareHillBriefing-100620.pdf

Cancellations

Information about cancelling your registration for an AAFP advocacy conference.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/advocacy-conferences/cancellations.html

Center for State Policy: AAFP Grant and Award Opportunities

The AAFP Center for State Policy staff share tips on how to apply for this year’s state grant and award opportunities. This webcast gives application tips, deadlines, and other important information on how to apply.

Advocacy : State Advocacy Efforts

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/state/videos/aafp-grant-and-award-opportunities.html

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The AAFP supports the continuing development and improvement of CHIP, which cares for uninsured children and is a vital part of the primary care system.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage/chip.html

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

Direct Primary Care (DPC)

The AAFP supports a physician's choice to provide health care in any ethical health care delivery system model, including the DPC practice setting.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/dpc.html

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

The AAFP believes EHRs are vital to the expansion of primary care and the medical home model of care delivery but should be accessible and affordable.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-it/ehrs.html

End-of-Life Care

Learn how the AAFP is supporting federal efforts to cover voluntary discussions between physicians and patients about end-of-life care plans.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery/end-of-life.html

Environmental Concerns in Public Health

The AAFP serves as both a resource and an advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients regarding environmental risks and existing hazards.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health/environmental.html

Example of the AAFP COVID-19 Related Loss Calcuator

...Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Note: Step 4: Step 5: [Payer 1] [Payer 2] [Payer 3] [Payer 4] Medicaid Fee-for-Service Medicare Self-Pay Total 30% 30% 0% 0% 0% 30% 10% 100% Code Description [Payer 1] [Payer 2] [Payer 3] [Payer 4] Medicaid 2020 National Medicare Non-facility...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/Example-AAFP-COVID-Calculator.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

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

G6 Letter to Administration Officials on Vaccine Counseling - November 1, 2021

The AAFP and the Group of Six sent a letter to HHS and CMS calling for increased payment for vaccine counseling to address vaccine hesitancy.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-G6-HHS-VaccinePriorities-110121.pdf

General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Advocacy

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

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

Investment in the primary care workforce is vital, so the AAFP seeks to preserve funding for GME residency programs in family medicine.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce/gme.html

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