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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

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

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

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 Letter to Congress in Support of Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of ...

The G6 sign-on letter thanks Sen. Booker and Reps. Underwood and Adams for working to reintroduce the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act in the 117th Congress.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-G6-Congress-MomnibusSupport-020721.pdf

Group of Six Letter to Department of Labor with Concerns about H-1B Prevailing Wage ...

...November 9, 2020 The Honorable John P. Pallasch Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Employment and Training Administration U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Assistant Secretary Pallasch: As organizations that together represent over...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-G6-DOL-H1BInterimRule-110920.pdf

Group of Six Letter to DHS Raising Concerns with Proposed Changes to Visa Status- ...

...October 26, 2020 The Honorable Chad Wolf Acting Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528 Dear Acting Secretary Wolf, As organizations that together represent over 590,000 frontline physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DHS-G6-J1Visa-102620.pdf

Group of Six Letter to Senate in Support of Physician Well-being - September 17, 2020

...September 17, 2020 The Honorable Tim Kaine The Honorable Todd Young United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Jack Reed The Honorable Bill Cassidy United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/pwb/LT-G6-Senate-PhysicianWell-being-091720.pdf

Group of Six Letter to Senate Supporting Immunization Infrastructure - September 10, 2020

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

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-G6-Senate-ImmunizationInfrastructureCOVID-19VaccineDevelopment-091020.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

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

Health Care Delivery Primer

The Health Care Reform Primer covers the most recent policy principles and considerations guiding AAFP engagement on health care reform efforts.

Advocacy : Advocacy Campaigns

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/act/hc-primer.html

Health Equity

The AAFP fights for efforts to promote health equity and health equality.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Injury Prevention and Violence

Primary care providers play a crucial role in responding to safety and violence concerns. The AAFP shares policies relevant to the care of these situations.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

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 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 E/M Coalition Statement on Implementation of 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule...

...A Statement from America’s Primary and Comprehensive Care Physicians: Congress Should Support Medicare’s Plan to Pay More for Office Visits and Other Essential Services October 20, 2020 Our organizations represent hundreds of thousands of physicians who furnish the vast...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/ST-JointEMCoalition-MPFS2021Implementation-102020.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...

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter Calling for Permanent Telehealth Changes - June 29, 2020

...1 of 9 June 29, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker United States House of Representatives...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-Congress-PostCOVIDTelehealthPriorities-062920.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 from Physician Groups Opposing Medicare Mental Health Access Act - ...

...September 22, 2020 The Honorable Frank Pallone The Honorable Greg Walden Chairman Ranking Member House Energy and Commerce Committee House Energy and Commerce Committee Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Richie Neal The Honorable Kevin Brady Chairman Ranking Member...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-Congress-OpposingMedicareMentalHealthAccessAct-092220.pdf

Joint Letter from the Enrollment Coalition to Secretary Becerra Regarding Cost ...

Requests the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) re-issue a previous exception to the cost allocation requirements set forth in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-87. It would allow Federally-funded health and human services programs to benefit from ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-DHS-A87-062121.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...

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter in Support of the CoCM Act - September 10, 2021

The CoCM Act will improve access to evidence-based mental health and substance use disorder care that many Americans struggle to find. The Collaborative Care Model provides a strong building block to address these problems by ensuring that patients can receive expeditious behavioral ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/medhome/LT-Congress-CoCMAct-091021.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 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

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

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

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...

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter on Expanding Scope of Practice for Non-professional Health Care Providers ...

...June 24, 2020 The Honorable Robert Wilkie Secretary U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Room 1063B Washington, DC 20420 Dear Secretary Wilkie: The undersigned medical associations and medical specialty societies are writing to register serious concerns...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-VA-ExpandedScopeNonProHealthCareProviders-062420.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

Joint Letter Opposing the Indoor Tanning Tax Repeal - September 13, 2018

...September 12, 2018 The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi On behalf of the 47 undersigned organizations dedicated...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/misc/LT-House-OpposingRepealIndoorTanningTax-091318.pdf

Joint Letter Supporting a Bill that Removes Medicare Beneficiary Cost-sharing ...

...June 25, 2019 The Honorable Suzan DelBene 2330 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative DelBene, We the undersigned organizations are writing to offer our strong endorsement of your legislation to ensure that more chronically ill...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-SupportRemovalCCMCostSharing-062519.pdf

Joint Letter Supporting FY 2022 CDC Appropriations Request - March 1, 2021

AAFP, in conjunction with the CDC Coalition, supports at least $10 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s programs in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-AppropriationsCmte-CDCFY2022-030121.pdf

Joint Letter Supporting Preserving Funding for the Military Medical Workforce in the ...

...August 14, 2020 The Honorable James Inhofe, Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee 228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Adam Smith, Chairman House Armed Services Committee 2216 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Thom...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-FY21NDAAProvisions-081420.pdf

Joint Letter Supporting the Helping MOMS Act (HR 4996) for the COVID-19 Package- July ...

...1 July 23, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader Minority Leader U.S. House...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-Congress-HelpingMOMSAct-072320.pdf

Joint Letter Supporting the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 1975) - October 21, 2019

...October 21, 2019 Subcommittee Chairwoman Bonamici and Ranking Member Comer Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee House Education and Labor Committee 2176 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 RE: Support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694) Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-HouseEdLaborCommittee-PWFA-102219.pdf

Joint Letter to Acting HHS Secretary on CDC Language - December 19, 2017

...December 19, 2017 The Honorable Eric D. Hargan Acting Secretary US Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Mr. Hargan, On behalf of the more than 450,000 physicians and medical students represented by the combined memberships of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-ActingSecretary-CDCLanguage-121917.pdf

Joint Letter to Biden Administration on Mifepristone - March 1, 2021

The AAFP and other leading health organizations call on the Biden administration to eliminate requirements during the pandemic for women to have needless in-person contact when prescribed Mifepristone for pregnancy termination or early miscarriage treatment.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-WH-Mifepristone-030121.pdf

Joint Letter to Chairman Pallone in Support of THCGME Program Funding - September 13, 2021

The AAFP, as part of the THC Coalition, thanks Chairman Frank Pallone for including $6 billion of funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Pallone-BuildBackBetter-091321.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

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

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 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

Joint Letter to CMS on AUC Program - November 27, 2020

The AAFP submitted comments on the intention of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) to collect information from provider-led entities (PLE) for purposes of the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program for advanced diagnostic imaging.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-AUCProgram-112720.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on E/M Policies in the 2019 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee ...

...August 27, 2018 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: Medicare Physician...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-EMSignOn-082718.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

Joint Letter to CMS on Payment Concerns Regarding Telephone Calls During COVID-19 ...

...April 8, 2020 Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: The undersigned organizations applaud the actions taken by CMS to date to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-CMS-PaymentConcernsRegardingTelephoneCalls-040820.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on Releasing MIPS Benchmarks - April 13, 2021

The AAFP joined several other organizations in urging CMS to release the benchmarks for MIPS cost measures and make this information available on a rolling, close to real-time basis moving forward.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-MIPSBenchmarks-041321.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on the 2018 MIPS Reporting Period - April 16, 2018

...April 16, 2018 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the undersigned...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2018MIPSReportingPeriod-041618.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

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

Joint Letter to CMS Opposing Expansion of Scope of Practice for NPPs in IRF Settings - ...

...June 11, 2020 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: File Code CMS-1729-P Medicare Program; Inpatient...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-CMS-NPsIRFSetting-061120.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Opposing Medicare Prior Authorization Requirements - April 7, 2021

The AAFP joined several other organizations in opposition to prior authorization requirements that were recently added for care covered by Medicare. The AAFP opposes prior authorization requirements that unnecessarily increase physicians’ administrative burdens and prevent patients from...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-HealthcareStakeholdersCoalitionPriorAuthorization-040721.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

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 Requesting 2021 Increases in Vaccine Administration Payment - ...

The AAFP signed onto this letter, submitted by the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, to request that CMS direct Medicare Administrative Contractors to increase payment for immunization administration in CY 2021.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-VaccinePaymentIncrease-012221.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

Joint Letter to CMS Urging Swift Implementation of Prior Authorization Rule - March 1, ...

The regulation finalized in January would require some health plans to streamline and automate prior authorization requirements. This would be a positive step in reducing the burden associated with prior authorizations and we urge the new administration to swiftly implement this rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-PriorAuthRule-030121.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Calling on Legislation that Supports and Sustains Physicians ...

...March 20, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Speaker of the House of Representatives House Republican Leader U.S. Capitol Building, H-222 U.S. Capitol Building, H-204 Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Charles...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-Congress-COVID19Priorities-032020.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Calling to Repeal the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria ...

The AAFP and other physician organizations sent a letter calling on Congress to end the burdensome AUC program.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-Congress-AUCRepealStatement-072221.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress in Support of 1-Year Continuous Medicaid and CHIP Coverage - ...

The AAFP and other medical groups wrote to support one-year continuous coverage for children on Medicaid and the CHIP Program in the reconciliation package being considered by Congress.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-MedicaidContinuousEligibility-091421.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

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

Joint Letter to Congress on AHRQ Primary Care Research Center Request - April 2, 2019

...April 2, 2019 The Honorable Roy Blunt The Honorable Patty Murray Committee on Appropriations Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Services, Education and Related Agencies...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/research/ahrq/LT-Congress-AHRQPrimaryCareResearchCenterRequest-040219.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Child Mental Health

...July 29, 2021 The Honorable Ron Wyden The Honorable Mike Crapo United States Senate United States Senate 221 Dirksen Senate Office Building 239 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray The Honorable Richard Burr United States...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-on-ChildMentalHealth-072921.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on COVID-19 and Reducing Maternal Health Disparities - June 9,...

...Equitable Maternal Health Coalition c/o March of Dimes | 1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 1300 | Arlington, VA 22202 June 9, 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...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-Congress-ReducingMaternalHealthDisparities-060920.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Extension of QPP SURS Program - November 19, 2021

The AAFP joined several partners to request that Congress extend a technical assistance program that supports small and rural practices participate successfully in the Quality Payment Program.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-Congress-MedicareQPPSURS-111921.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Medicare E/M Payments and Budget Neutrality - November 20, ...

...November 20, 2020 The Honorable Frank Pallone The Honorable Greg Walden Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee on Energy and Commerce United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 The...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-Congress-MedicareEMPayments-112020.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Medicare QP Thresholds - November 19, 2020

...November 19, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate United States Capitol Building S-230 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker United States House of Representatives United States Capitol Building H-232 Washington, DC 20515 The...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-Congress-MedicareQPThresholds-111920.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on PAMA Data Reporting - July 17, 2019

...July 17, 2019 The Honorable Charles Grassley The Honorable Ron Wyden Chairman Ranking Member Senate Committee on Finance Senate Committee on Finance 219 Dirksen Senate Office Building 219 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-Congress-PAMADataReporting-071719.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Reauthorizing Primary Care Programs - September 11, 2020

...Page | 1 September 11, 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...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-ReauthPCPrograms-09112020.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Telehealth Principles - July 1, 2020

...Page 1 July 1, 2020 The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chair, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Alexander...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-Congress-TelehealthHELP-070120.pdf

Joint letter to Congress on the Kid’s Access to Primary Care Act of 2020 - March 9, 2020

...1 March 9, 2020 The Honorable Kim Schrier U.S. House of Representatives 1123 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick U.S. House of Representatives 1722 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kathy Castor...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-KidsAccessPrimaryCareAct-030920.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on the Provider Rellief Fund - June 25, 2020

...1 June 25, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-Congress-ProviderReliefFund-062520.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Value Act in Reconciliation

The AAFP signed onto a letter urging leaders of the Finance and Ways and Means committees to include the Value in Health Care Act of 2021 (H.R. 4587) in the reconciliation bill as a pay-for.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-Congress-ValueActSavings-08242021.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Zika Readiness Funding - April 5, 2016

The AAFP joins 67 organizations in a letter urging emergency Zika virus readiness funding.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-CON-Zika-040516.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

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 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 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

Joint Letter to Congress Requesting Technical Fix to the Paycheck Protection Program - ...

...December 3, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker, House of Representatives Majority Leader United States Capitol United States Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles Schumer...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-Congress-PPPDeductibility-120320.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Supporting the Accountable Care In Rural America Act - June ...

Joint letter supporting legislation to fix the rural glitch effecting ACO uptake in rural area.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-House-MSSP-Rural-Glitch-Support-061521.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 Congressional Appropriators Requesting Funding for Hospital ...

This letter urges Congressional appropriators to direct $20 million to the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding Program.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-Congress-FY22HospitaPromotingBreastfeeding-041921.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

Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders on COVID Vaccine Funding - June 1, 2020

...June 1, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Congress-COVIDVaccineInfrastructure-060120.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders on FMAP Policy - June 2, 2020

...The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House 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...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-Congress-FMAPPolicy-060220.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders on Maternal Health Provisions in BBB - October ...

The AAFP, as part of the Equitable Maternal Health Coalition, sent a letter to Congress supporting one-year postpartum Medicaid extension and inclusion of the Momnibus provisions in the Build Back Better Act.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-PelosiSchumer-MaternalHealthBBB-102621.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Passage of the Preventing Maternal Deaths ...

...Page 1 of 3 November 14, 2018 The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-CongressLeaders-PreventingMaternalDeathsAct-111418.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Importance of E/M Changes - November 30, 2020

...November 30, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader Minority Leader U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CongressionalLeadership-ImportanceEMChanges-113020.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 to Congressional Leadership on Post-COVID Telehealth Policies - July 26, 2021

The AAFP joined more than 400 other health care, employer, consumer and technology organizations in calling on Congress to pass legislation to extend several key telehealth flexibilities made available during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-CongressLeadership-PostCOVIDTelehealthPriorities-072621.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Potential Phase 4 Coronavrius Relief Bill -...

...April 15, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives U.S. Capitol Building, H-222 Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader U.S. Capitol Building, H-230 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy House Republican...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-Congress-FinalCOVID4-041520.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 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)...

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to Deputy Director Homan Regarding ICE Procedures for Pregnant Women - ...

...March 30, 2018 The Honorable Thomas Homan Acting Director U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 500 12th St, SW Washington, DC 20536 Dear Acting Director Homan: On behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-DeputyDirectorHoman-033018.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

Joint Letter to FDA on COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Process - September 17, 2020

...September 17, 2020 Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. Peter Marks, M.D, Ph.D. Commissioner Director United States Food and Drug Administration Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research 10903 New Hampshire Avenue 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993 Silver Spring, MD 20993...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-FDA-COVID-19VaccineApproval-091720.pdf

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