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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

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

The AAFP and the Biden White House

Capping a tumultuous election year, the Academy has begun corresponding with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team and plans to communicate extensively with the next White House.

Advocacy : Advocacy Campaigns

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

Medicaid Physician Payment

The AAFP supports Medicaid payment for primary care services at least equal to Medicare’s payment rate for those services when provided by a primary care physician.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

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

Medical Home

The AAFP believes the Medical Home model provides patients with a holistic and coordinated approach to health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

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

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

Scope of Practice

The AAFP believes family physicians are uniquely qualified to lead coordinated care teams of allied health professionals in providing care for patients.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Preventive Health

The AAFP supports efforts to promote wellness and preventive public health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Information for family physicians from the AAFP as the health care reform established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medicare Coverage

The AAFP advocates for primary care physicians and their patients by calling for expanded health care coverage, including Medicare coverage.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medicaid Coverage

The AAFP advocates for fair, effective Medicaid regulations impacting family physicians and their patients.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

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

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

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Follow the AAFP's work on developing payment policies that support the exchange of medical info from one site to another through electronic communications.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

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

Patient Privacy (HIPAA)

Information on HIPAA from the AAFP, including regulations around patient privacy and how the AAFP is monitoring the impact on primary care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medical Liability

The AAFP supports medical liability reform of regulation that continue to have a negative impact on the cost of health care for patients and physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

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

Transparency

The AAFP affirms the need for effective transparency laws, but advocates for a process that avoids expensive and complicated administration for physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)

The AAFP summarizes details of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including regulatory requirements.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medicare Physician Payment

With the repeal of the SGR, family physicians can focus more on caring for their Medicare patients without worrying about interruptions in payment.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

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

Medical Student Debt

Because the cost of medical education impacts the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP supports alternative funding strategies for family medicine students.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Title VII of the Public Health Service Act

The AAFP calls on Congress to protect and increase funding for the Title VII program, as it is a key component in building the family physician workforce.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce/title-vii.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

Obesity Prevention and Treatment

The AAFP advocates for health care policies that address and aim to treat the significant health impact of obesity.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Prescription Drug Issues

The AAFP recognizes the significant problems prescription drug issues present and works to combat this public health concern.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Tobacco and Nicotine Use

The AAFP advocates for the prevention and treatment of tobacco and nicotine addiction, including the use of e-cigarettes.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Vaccines and Immunizations

The AAFP supports affordable access to vaccinations and immunizations, which are invaluable for keeping patients healthy across the lifespan.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Women’s Health

The AAFP advocates for affordable access to important wellness and preventive health care for women.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

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

Resources for Policy Makers

Current resources, including letters, statements, and principles, on AAFP advocacy for policy makers.

Advocacy : Advocacy Campaigns

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/act/policy-resources.html

Using Speak Out

Learn how to use the AAFP’s Speak Out tool, which makes it easy for you to reach out to Congress on the issues you care about.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/speak-out/using-speak-out.html

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 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 Advocacy: Health IT

The AAFP's advocacy work around health information technology aims to improve communication between patients, family physicians, payers, and pharmacies.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

AAFP Advocacy: Research

The AAFP supports emerging research initiatives in family medicine as well as primary care training and education through organizations such as AHRQ.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/primary-care-research.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

Reform Principles for U.S. Health Care System

Read the AAFP’s guidelines for Congress to improve individual health and the health care system.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/reform-principles.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

State Advocacy: All Webcasts

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/all-webcasts.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 Advocacy: Health Care Coverage

Learn about the AAFP's advocacy work around changes in health care coverage systems and processes, including changes to the ACA, CHIP, and more.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

AAFP Advocacy: Health Care Delivery

The AAFP supports access to basic health care services for all people that improves health outcomes via patient-centered, cost-effective care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

AAFP Advocacy: Physician Payment

Stay current on Medicare payment policies, APMs, and the AAFP's work to advocate for physician payment that does not add to administrative complexity.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

AAFP Advocacy: Public Health

The AAFP advocates for primary care-centered public health and preventive medicine policies.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

AAFP Advocacy: Legal Issues

The AAFP advocates on behalf of family physicians in an increasingly complex legal environment, such as simplifying administrative burden and HIPAA.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

AAFP Advocacy: Physician Workforce

The AAFP believes primary care physicians are vital to the health of our nation, so we work to promote programs, initiatives, and funding to support it.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

AAFP Advocacy Conferences

The AAFP hosts annual advocacy-centered events to empower its members with the most up-to-date information on our most important issues.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/advocacy-conferences.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 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: 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: 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: 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 Advocacy: Recent Family Medicine Wins

The Academy's Government Relations team is constantly fighting for family medicine and AAFP members on the Hill. Learn more about recent efforts.

Advocacy : Family Medicine Advocacy Wins

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

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for CMS Administrator - ...

Ms. Brooks-LaSure has an established reputation for advancing health care coverage, affordability, and equity. The AAFP shares these priorities and urges the Senate to quickly confirm her as CMS administrator.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-Congress-SupportBrooks-LaSureCMSAdministrator-022521.pdf

AAFP Letter to President Biden on COVID-19 Action Plan - September 13, 2021

The AAFP wrote to President Biden in response to his Pathway Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan. The letter offers the AAFP’s recommendations for ways that the federal government can better support primary care physicians in COVID-19 immunization, treatment and mitigation efforts.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-POTUS-COVID19ActionPlan-091321.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: The Importance of Primary Care

Background information from the AAFP on the importance of primary care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/BKG-ImportancePrimaryCare.pdf

AAFP Introductory Letter to CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure - June 3, 2021

The AAFP congratulates the Administrator on being confirmed and looks forward to working with her to advance health equity by investing in primary care access and health care coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-IntroChiquitaBrooksLaSure-060321.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS and HSS on Payment Parameters and Market Modernization Proposed ...

The AAFP supports proposals to roll back previously finalized regulations that undermine the individual market and jeopardize access to comprehensive health coverage. We support the proposal to create a new monthly special enrollment period for low-income consumers.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMSHHS-PaymentParametersMarketModernizationProposedRule-072721.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for Primary and Care Affordability Act - October 8, 2021

The AAFP endorsed a House bill to ensure affordable coverage of primary care services under high-deductible health plans.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-Congress-PrimaryVirtualCareAffordabilityAct-100821.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

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of HHS Nominee Becerra - February 5, 2021

The AAFP supports the nomination of Xavier Becerra for Secretary of HHS.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-Congress-SupportingHHSNomineeBecerra-020521.pdf

AAFP Letter to OMB - June 19, 2019

AAFP letter in response to the Office of Management and Budget request for comment on the Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-OMB-FedPovStandards-061919.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders on CHIP Permanent Reauthorization - July 22, 2021

The AAFP and others wrote to Congress urging for a permanent extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through the CARING for Kids Act or the Children’s Health Insurance Program Permanency (CHIPP) Act.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/LT-CongressionalLeaders-CHIPPermanentReauthorization-072221.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Expansion

The AAFP is strongly supportive of policies to expand health insurance coverage to all Americans. The AAFP supports expanding Medicaid eligibility as a path to make health care available to all by increasing access to care and enabling physicians to provide cost efficient, quality care.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Expansion By State

Background information from the AAFP on Medicaid expansion state by state.

Advocacy

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

Partnership for Medicaid Welcome Letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure - ...

This letter outlines several of the Partnership for Medicaid’s ongoing priorities, including the Partnership’s positions on COVID-19 testing, treatment, and continuous coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries, the COVID-19 provider relief fund, the American Rescue Plan Act Medicaid ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-P4MBrooksLaSureWelcome-072121.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of Health Provisions in House Reconciliation Bill - ...

The AAFP supports a number of provisions in the House reconciliation bill because they align with the Academy's priorities in workforce, health equity, access to health coverage, vaccine confidence, and public health infrastructure.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-HouseReconciliationBill-092321.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Letter Calling for Extended Medicaid Postpartum Coverage to ...

The letter urges Congress to use the upcoming reconciliation legislation to pursue postpartum Medicaid coverage for one full year.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-P4MPostPartumCoverage-09921.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Letter on Medicaid Priorities in Reconciliation - October 8, 2021

The AAFP joined a Partnership for Medicaid letter in support of Medicaid policies in reconciliation, including closing the Medicaid coverage gap, home- and community-based services, permanent authorization of CHIP, one-year continuous eligibility for children covered by Medicaid and ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-P4MReconciliationPriorities-100821.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Letter to Congressional Leadership on Medicaid Priorities - ...

The letter outlines several of the Partnership for Medicaid’s ongoing priorities, including the Partnership’s positions on home- and community-based services, Medicaid payment parity, increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for certain Medicaid services, adequate Medicaid...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-P4M-CongressionalLeadership-MedicaidPriorities-080921.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for Medicaid in the U.S. Territories Act - August 4, 2021

The AAFP endorsed legislation to provide Medicaid funding for the U.S. territories over the next five and seven years. The AAFP also advocated for a long-term funding solution.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-RepsSotoBilirakis-MedicaidTerritoriesAct-080421.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on Proposed Coverage Memo for Oxygen at Home - July 20, 2021

The AAFP supports CMS’s proposal to expand Medicare coverage of oxygen use in beneficiaries’ home when medically necessary for both acute and chronic conditions. This proposal would improve patients’ access to oxygen and reduce administrative burden for prescribing physicians.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-MedicareCoverageHomeOxygen-072021.pdf

Joint Letter to Rep DelBene in Support of Seniors Chronic Care Management Improvement ...

The AAFP and other organizations endorsed legislation to remove the patient cost-sharing obligations from the Chronic Care Management (CCM) code, benefitting potentially millions of chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-DelBene-SeniorsCCMImprovementAct-072921.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act - August 25, 2021

The AAFP endorsed legislation to adjust the geographic practice cost indexes (GPCIs) so that no locality is below a 1.0. This will address the workforce shortage in rural areas and improve access to primary care physicians.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-House-KeepPhysiciansServingPatientsAct-082521.pdf

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

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

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

AAFP Comments to HHS Responding to RFI on Artificial Intelligence in Health Care - ...

• The AAFP is supportive of advancing the use of AI/ML solutions in health care as long as they are used in partnership with the user and are implemented in an equitable manner.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-HHS-TechnologyChronicDiseaseManagementAgingUnderservedPopulations-121820.pdf

AAFP Comments ONC Regulation Delaying Information Blocking Provisions - December 17, 2020

• The AAFP strongly supports delaying the effective date for information blocking requirements - we urge ONC to extend this delay until July 31, 2021 or the end of the PHE, whichever is later. • Improving interoperability is essential for reducing family physicians’ administrative ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-IFRInfoBlockingCOCDelay-121720.pdf

AAFP Letter to ONC Welcome and Info Blocking Extension - March 31, 2021

The AAFP urges ONC to delay the information blocking compliance date until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency to ensure family physicians can focus on providing essential primary care to their patients.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-InfoBlockingExtension-033121.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Telehealth

AAFP Backgrounder on Telehealth

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/BGK-Telehealth-General.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFP Backgrounder on Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/BKG-Telehealth-COVID.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Telehealth

The AAFP believes Congress should pass legislation to permanently expand access to telehealth while protecting the physician-patient relationship and promoting high-quality, comprehensive, continuous care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/BKG-Telehealth.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

AAFP Letter to House in Response to Cures 2.0 Discussion Draft - July 14, 2021

More than four years after the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law, Reps. DeGette and Upton released a discussion draft of their proposed Cures 2.0 legislation, setting the stage for negotiations on the legislative package. A number of AAFP priorities are mentioned in the draft ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-House-Cures2.0DiscussionDraft-071421.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 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 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

AAFP Letter to Sen. Murkowski and Rep. Ruiz Supporting the Safe Step Act - May 19, 2021

AAFP support the bill because it would implement transparency guidelines to prevent inappropriate use of step therapy in employer-sponsored health plans and create a clear process for patients and physicians to seek reasonable exceptions to step therapy.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-SupportingSafeStepAct-051921.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Proposed HIPAA Modifications - May 6, 2021

The AAFP supports regulatory changes to lessen the burden of disclosing patient data while also protecting patient privacy. We offer a variety of suggestions to improve upon the proposals from HHS to ensure that modifications to HIPAA do not increase administrative burdens on physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/hipaa/LT-OCR-HIPAA-NPRM-050621.pdf

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

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

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