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2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP Response to the CMS 2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Advocacy

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

AAFP and ACP Letter to HHS on Relief to Primary Care Practices - May 22, 2020

...May 22, 2020 The Honorable Alex M. Azar II Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-HHS-PrimaryCarePracticeRelief-052220.pdf

AAFP and AzAFP Joint Letter Opposing Arizona HB 2419 - February 12, 2020

...February 12, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Barto Chair House Health and Human Services Committee 1700 W. Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85007 The Honorable Jay Lawrence Vice-Chair House Health and Human Services Committee 1700 W. Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85007 Dear Members of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-AZLeg-OpposingHB2419-021220.pdf

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

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Drug Pricing and Transparency

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Maintenance of Certification

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Assistant Physicians

...SCOPE OF PRACTICE - ASSISTANT PHYSICIAN Background In 2014, Missouri became the first state in the nation to enact legislation creating the new professional designation of assistant physician. The Missouri law allows assistant physicians to provide primary care services to...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Naturopaths

...SCOPE OF PRACTICE - NATUROPATHIC PROVIDERS AAFP Position The AAFP believes that naturopathic theory and practice are not based upon knowledge widely accepted by the scientific community. Naturopathic education does not prepare practitioners to properly and accurately diagnose or...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Nurse Practitioners

...SCOPE OF PRACTICE - NURSE PRACTITIONERS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes the valuable contributions of the nursing profession and believes that nurse practitioners should function as part of an integrated practice arrangement under the...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Pharmacists

...SCOPE OF PRACTICE - PHARMACISTS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes the evolving complexity and proliferation of pharmaceutical agents and the important role pharmacists play in the delivery of high- quality health care. The pharmacy professional...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Strengthen Primary Care

...Strengthen Primary Care: Ensure Appropriate Payment In January 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is scheduled to increase payments for Evaluation and Management (E/M) services. E/M codes are a category of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Tobacco

...TOBACCO AAFP Position Despite significant research outlining the dangers of tobacco and a significant decrease in the number of United States adults who smoke, tobacco, and in particular cigarettes, remains the leading cause of death and preventable disease in the U.S. The AAFP...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/BKG-Tobacco.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: AAFP Backgrounder: Graduate Medical Education Legislation in the ...

...Graduate Medical Education Background The federal government annually spends billions, according to the Government Accountability Office, to fund graduate medical education (GME) residency training for physicians to ensure physician supply and access to care. Medicare GME funding is...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-GME116thCongress.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Corporal Punishment in Schools

...CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians opposes corporal punishment in schools, defined as the purposeful infliction of bodily pain or discomfort by an official in the education system upon a student as a penalty for disapproved...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/BKG-CorporalPunishment.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Direct Primary Care

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Education and Training - Family Physicians vs Nurse Practitioners

...Education and Training: Family Physicians versus Nurse Practitioners Most Nurse Practitioners (NP)-also known as Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP)-receive their education typically through a one-and-an-half to three-year degree program...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/FPvsNP.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Environmental Health and Climate Change

...ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE AAFP Position In recognition of the serious adverse health consequences resulting from pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and ozone layer depletion, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recommends strong action on all...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/BKG-EnvironmentalHealthClimateChange.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Graduate Medical Education

...GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION AAFP Position To increase the number of family medicine graduates in the United States, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is committed to removing significant barriers stifling the growth in family medicine specialty choice among U.S....

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Gun Violence Prevention Research

...Gun Violence Prevention Research Background According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more people died from firearm injuries in the United States in 2017 than in any other year since at least 1968. Nearly two-thirds were suicides. The AAFP sees gun...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/BKG-GunViolencePreventionResearch.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Health Insurance Marketplaces

...HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACES The Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced a number of reforms to ensure greater access to health insurance for all Americans. The ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplaces provide a comprehensive one- stop resource for consumers to research insurance plans,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/insurance/BKG-Exchanges.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Marijuana

...MARIJUANA The AAFP is dedicated to helping physicians provide quality and individualized care through a variety of treatments that satisfy the needs of their patients. Despite the limited body of research supporting the medical properties of marijuana, a growing number of patients...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Block Grant Financing and Per Capita Caps

...MEDICAID BLOCK GRANT FINANCING AND PER CAPITA CAPS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes that health is a basic right for every person and that the right to health includes access to timely, affordable, and quality health care, including for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/BKG-BlockGrants.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Expansion

...MEDICAID EXPANSION AAFP Position As a result of its longstanding support of policies associated with expanding 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...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Primary Care Payment Parity

...MEDICAID PRIMARY CARE PAYMENT RECOMMENDATION American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) policy 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. Background Low Medicaid...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Work Requirements

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Medical Liability

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Obesity and Overweight

...OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT AAFP Position To combat the health risks associated with obesity and being overweight, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) encourages family physicians to participate in local, state, and national efforts to improve nutrition and encourage physical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/BKG-Obesity.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Payment Reform

...PHYSICIAN PAYMENT REFORM AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports efforts to create and maintain a reliable and effective payment system for physicians, particularly a system that recognizes the value of primary care-centered reform initiatives....

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Pharmacy Gag Clauses

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Physician Preceptor Tax Credits

...PHYSICIAN PRECEPTOR TAX CREDITS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports training for students that emphasizes high-quality, continuous, compassionate, and coordinated care through robust family medicine preceptorship programs. Evidence shows that...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)

...PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports the implementation and use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and greater physician input into pain management regulation and legislation. The AAFP will work...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/BKG-PDMPs.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Primary Care Spend

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Prior Authorization and Step Therapy

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Section 1115 Demonstration Waivers

...SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION WAIVERS What is a Section 1115 Waiver? Section 1115 of the Social Security Act provides the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services with authority to approve experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects that promote the objectives of the Medicaid...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/BKG-Section1115Waivers.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Section 1135 Waivers

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Sex for Money and Goods

...EXCHANGE OF SEX FOR MONEY OR GOODS The Issue The World Health Organization (WHO) defines commercial sex, otherwise known as sex work or prostitution, as the exchange of money or goods for sexual services. Sex work may involve consensual and non-consensual sexual encounters. Buyers...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Stealthing

...STEALTHING AAFP Position The AAFP believes that sexual assault is a serious public health issue. The AAFP supports the rights of survivors of sexual assault, including the right to protection from their offender and from re-victimization in the legal and criminal justice systems....

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/BKG-Stealthing.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Supervised Injection Sites

...SUPERVISED INJECTION SITES AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is committed to preventing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C, as well as combatting opioid dependence and other substance use disorders. The AAFP supports syringe exchange programs, the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/BKG-SupervisedInjectionSites.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Sustain Primary Care

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Teaching Health Centers

...Teaching Health Centers Background The THCGME program, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provides funding to increase the number of primary care medical and dental residents training in community-based settings across the country. Since most...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Telemedicine

...TELEMEDICINE Recommendation The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports expanded use of telemedicine as an appropriate and efficient means of improving health, when conducted within the context of appropriate standards of care. Payment models should support patient...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Chapter Letter in Support of THCGME Reauthorization - February 11, 2020

...February 11, 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/workforce/gme/LT-HouseSenLeaderships-ChapterSupportLetterTHCGME-021120.pdf

AAFP Comment Letter on 2019 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - December 28, 2018

...December 28, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1693-IFC P.O. Box 8010 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-2019FinalMPFS-122818.pdf

AAFP Comments on 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - September 28, 2020

...September 28, 2020 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1734-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-Response2021MPFSProposedRule-092820.pdf

AAFP Comments on IRS Proposed Rule on Direct Primary Care Arrangements - August 10, 2020

...August 10, 2020 The Honorable Charles P. Rettig Commissioner Internal Revenue Service 1111 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20224 RE: REG-109755-19 (RIN: 1545-BP31) Dear Commissioner Rettig: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-IRS-ProposedDPCRule-081020.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on MSSP/ACO Proposed Rule - October 15, 2018

...October 15, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1701-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-ACO-MSSP-101518.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on the 2018 Inpatient Proposed Rule

...June 8, 2017 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Room 445-G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-IPPSProposedRule-060817.pdf

AAFP Congressional Primary Care Caucus

...Congressional Primary Care Caucus Background The AAFP believes that this bipartisan caucus will make great strides in educating legislators, staff, and the public on primary care issues, experiences, and concerns such as: • Information Congress needs to know about what...

Advocacy

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

AAFP COVID-19 Advocacy Toolkit

...COVID-19 Toolkit Congress approved an emergency coronavirus (COVID-19) spending bill and is both working on another proposal to address additional health and economic issues and planning a third package. The AAFP supported the supplemental funding bill and issued recommendations for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/misc/COVID19-AdvocacyToolkit.pdf

AAFP COVID-19 Related Loss Calculator

...Instructions Projected Revenue Inputs Projected Revenue Inputs Step 1: Enter the top 3 payers into "Payer Mix" table (includes commercial and Medicare Advantage) - light blue cells Step 2: Enter the percentage of patients covered by each payer listed in the "Payer...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/AAFP-COVID-19-Related-LossCalculator.xlsx

AAFP Executive Summary of Alternative Payment Models - March 14, 2017

...Advanced Primary Care: A Foundational Alternative Payment Model (APM) for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care MACRAready The Shift to Value-Based Payment January 2017 The U.S. health care system is undergoing an intense period of transformation...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/ES-AdvancedPrimaryCare-121316.pdf

AAFP Executive Summary of the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - July 18, 2018

...Initial Summary of the 2019 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put on display the 2019 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B. In conjunction...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/ES-2019ProposedMPFS-071818.pdf

AAFP Executive Summary of the CMS Final Rule: QPP Year 2 - November 8, 2017

...Executive Summary of the CMS Final Rule- Quality Payment Program Year 2 On November 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interim final rule with comment period regarding the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP). Further comments on certain sections...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/ES-2018FinalQPP-11817.pdf

AAFP Executive Summary: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act -...

...The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act -Key Provisions Affecting Family Physicians On March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act into law. The bipartisan CARES Act is the third legislative package passed in...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/ES-CARESAct-033020.pdf

AAFP FAQ on All-Payer Claims Database (APCD)

...What is an All-Payer Claims Database (APCD)? APCDs are statewide health insurance claims data repositories. They are used to collect health insurance claims information from the vast majority of health care payers in a state. Once collected, the data may be released to organizations for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/APCD-FAQ.pdf

AAFP Initial Summary of the 2020 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - November 1, 2019

...AAFP Summary of the 2020 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule and interim final rule on the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). This regulation also impacts the Quality Payment...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-2020FinalMPFS-110219.pdf

AAFP Initial Summary of the 2020 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - July 30, 2019

...Initial AAFP Summary of the 2020 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). This regulation also impacts the Quality Payment Program (QPP). CMS...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-2020MPFS-073019.pdf

AAFP Initial Summary of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - August 24, 2020

...Initial AAFP summary of the 2021 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule On August 3, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). This regulation also impacts the Quality Payment Program (QPP). CMS...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-2021MPFS-082420.pdf

AAFP Letter Calling for ICD-10-CM Codes - October 31, 2018

...October 31, 2018 Ms. Donna Pickett Co-Chair, ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee National Center for Health Statistics 3311 Toledo Road Hyattsville, MD20782 Re: Proposal to create ICD-10-CM codes for e-cigarette use Dear Ms. Pickett: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-NCHS-ICD10eCig-103118.pdf

AAFP Letter for EandC Subcommittee on Health on ACA and Drug Pricing Bills Markup - ...

...March 27, 2019 The Honorable Anna Eshoo Chairperson House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-E&C-ACADrugPricing-03272019.pdf

AAFP Letter for the EandC Committtee’s MACRA/MIPS Hearing - July 26, 2018

...July 26, 2018 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Chair, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Gene Green Ranking Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-ECCommittee-MACRAHearing072618.pdf

AAFP Letter for the Senate Finance Committee RFI on Maternal Health - April 3, 2020

...April 3, 2020 The Honorable Charles Grassley The Honorable Ron Wyden Chair, U.S. Senate Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Committee on Finance Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Wyden: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-SenateFinance-MaternalHealth-040320.pdf

AAFP Letter in Response to CMS on Physician Self-Referral Regulations - December 27, 2019

...December 27, 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...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-PhysicianSelfReferralRegulations-122719.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support for the Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act - August 19, 2020

...August 19, 2020 The Honorable Lauren Underwood U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Underwood: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Underwood-CommunityImmunityCOVIDAct-081920.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support of Missouri SB 417, the Primary Care Spend Transparency Act - ...

...April 18, 2019 The Honorable Bob Paul Wieland Chair Senate Insurance and Banking Committee 201 West Capitol Avenue Room 319 Jefferson City, MO 65101 The Honorable Mike Cunningham Vice Chair Senate Insurance and Banking Committee 201 West Capitol Avenue Room 320 Jefferson City, MO...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-SenInsBank-MissouriSB417-041819.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support of Oregon SB 765 - March 4, 2019

...March 4, 2019 Senate Committee on Health Care 90 Court St NE Salem OR, 97301 Dear Chair Monnes Anderson and Members of the Committee, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400 family physicians and medical students across the country, I...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-SenateHCComm-OregonSB765-030419.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support of the Primary Care Enhancement Act - January 13, 2016

...January 13, 2017 Hon. Erik Paulsen Hon. Earl Blumenauer U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510 RE: Primary Care Enhancement Act Dear Rep. Paulsen and Rep. Blumenauer: On behalf of the 124,900 physician and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-PC_Enhancements_011617.pdf

AAFP Letter in Support of Washington SB 6413 - January 27, 2020

...January 27, 2020 The Honorable Annette Cleveland Chair Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee 220 John A. Cherberg Building Olympia, WA 98504 The Honorable Steve O’Ban Ranking Member Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee 102 Irv Newhouse Building Olympia, WA 98504 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-WAFP-PrimaryCareCollaborative-012720.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act (HR 4996) - ...

...November 22, 2019 The Honorable Robin Kelly The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Kelly and Burgess: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-KellyBurgess-SupportHR4996MedicaidMH-112219.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for HR 4243, the Rural MOMS Act - November 20, 2019

...November 20, 2019 The Honorable Xochitl Torres Small The Honorable Dan Newhouse U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Torres Small and Newhouse: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-SmallNewhouse-SupportHR4243RuralMOMSAct-112019.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for HR 4995, for the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act - ...

...November 20, 2019 The Honorable Eliot Engel The Honorable Larry Bucshon U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Engel and Bucshon: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-EngelBuchson-SupportMHQualityImprovementAct-112019.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for the Reserving the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act

...April 19, 2019 The Honorable Frank Pallone The Honorable Donna Shalala Chairman, House Committee on Member Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Pallone and Representative Shalala: On behalf of the American Academy of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-House-ReversingYouthTobaccoEpidemic-041919.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for the Success for Mothers and Newborns Act - July 30, 2020

...July 30, 2020 The Honorable Tim Kaine The Honorable Lisa Murkowski U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senators Kaine and Murkowski: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-KaineMurkowski-MotherNewbornSuccessAct-073020.pdf

AAFP Letter on Draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) -...

...June 3, 2019 Donald W. Rucker, MD National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Department of Health and Human Services 330 C Street SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Dr. Rucker, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter on Senate PCORI Reauthorization - October 28, 2019

...October 28, 2019 The Honorable Mark Warner The Honorable Bill Cassidy, MD United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Chris Van Hollen The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito United States Senate United States Senate Washington, DC 20510...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/research/pcori/LT-Senate-PCORIReauthorization-102819.pdf

AAFP Letter on Short-term Insurance - April 18, 2018

...April 18, 2018 The Honorable Alex Azar Secretary Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 129,000 family physicians and medical students...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-ShortDurationPlans-041818.pdf

AAFP Letter on the Alexander-Murray HELP Lower Health Care Costs Act (S. 1895) - June ...

...June 25, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander The Honorable Patty Murray Chair, Senate Health, Education, Labor Ranking Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Pensions Committee Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-LowerHealthCareCostsAct-062519.pdf

AAFP Letter on the Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021 - March ...

...March 2, 2020 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Attention: CMS-9916-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family physicians and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-NoticeBenefitPaymentParameters-030220.pdf

AAFP Letter on the Senates HELP Committee’s Lower Health Care Costs Draft Bill - June ...

...June 5, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander The Honorable Patty Murray Chair, Senate Health, Education, Labor Ranking Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Pensions Committee Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Senate-HELPLowerHCCostsAct060519.pdf

AAFP Letter on the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (HR 6) - June 20, 2018

...June 20, 2018 The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker Minority Leader US House of Representatives US House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-HouseLeadership-HR6-062018.pdf

AAFP Letter on the USDA SNAP and Work Requirements Rule - April 10, 2019

...April 10, 2019 Brandon Lipps, Administrator U.S. Department of Agriculture Certification Policy Branch SNAP Program Development Division 3101 Park Center Drive Alexandria, Virginia 22302 RE: Proposed Rule: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Requirements for Able-Bodied...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-USDA-SNAPWorkRule-04102019.pdf

AAFP Letter Opposing the 2015 Proposed Part C and D Rule

AAFP letter to CMS opposing provisions of 2015 proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PartCD-022614.pdf

AAFP Letter Proposing Establishing a Standard Primary Care Benefit - April 26, 2017

...A Proposal to Establish a Standard Primary Care Benefit for Individuals with High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) In an effort to maximize the proven benefits of health care coverage and a continuous relationship with a primary care physician, the American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ES-StandardPrimaryCareBenefit-042617.pdf

AAFP Letter Responding to House Ways and Means Committee Rural and Underserved ...

...November 26, 2019 The Honorable Danny Davis The Honorable Brad Wenstrup Committee on Ways and Means Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC Washington, DC The Honorable Terri Sewell The Honorable Jodey Arrington Committee on...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-HouseWM-TaskforceRFIResponse-112619.pdf

AAFP Letter Responsing to CMS RFI on Direct Provider Contracting - May 25, 2018

...May 25, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 131,400...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-DirectProviderContracting-052518.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting Bill that Removes Medicare Beneficiary Cost-sharing ...

...June 25, 2019 Richard Neal, Chair (D-MA) Kevin Brady, Ranking Member (R-TX) Ways and Means Committee Ways and Means Committee 1102 Longworth House Office Building U.S. House of Representatives Washington D.C. 20515 Washington D.C. 20515 Dear Chairman Neil and Ranking Member Brady: On...

Advocacy

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

AAFP letter supporting HR 3107

AAFP letter of support for the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (HR 3107).

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-Kelly-Marshall-Access-Care-Act-090619.pdf

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

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

Advocacy

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

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

...May 21, 2018 The Honorable Elise Stefanik U.S. House of Representatives 318 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congresswoman Stefanik: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the 131,400 family physicians and medical students we represent,...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter Supporting Senator King on the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019 ...

...November 6, 2019 The Honorable Angus King U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator King: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the 134,600 members we represent, I write to offer our support for the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019. Your...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-SenKing-PCPPA-110619.pdf

AAFP Letter supporting Telehealth Expansion Act - July 22, 2020

...July 22, 2020 The Honorable Ron Wyden U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Wyden: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write to share our organization’s support for...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter Supporting the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019 - June 3, 2019

...June 3, 2019 Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) 124 Cannon House Office Building Washington DC 20515 RE: Family Physicians Support the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019 Dear Congresswoman Finkenauer: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-RepFinkenauer-SupportingGPCI-060319.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 3708) - August ...

...August 12, 2019 The Honorable Earl Blumenauer The Honorable Jason Smith U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Rep. Blumenauer and Smith: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-RepsBumenauerSmith-PrimaryCareEnhancementAct-081219.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting the Rural MOMS Act - August 26, 2019

...August 26, 2019 The Honorable Tina Smith The Honorable Lisa Murkowski U.S. Senate U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senators Smith and Murkowski: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family physicians and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-SmithMurkowski-RuralMOMSAct-082619.pdf

AAFP Letter to ACIP Outlining Concerns and Principles for a Future COVID-19 Vaccine - ...

...October 30, 2020 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases 1600 Clifton Road NE MS-H24-8 Atlanta, GA 30329 Re: October Meeting, Docket Number CDC-2020-0100 Dear Members of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-ACIP-COVID19Vaccine-103020.pdf

AAFP Letter to Agriculture Cmt Chairs on Farm Bill Conference Priorities - December 6, ...

...December 6, 2018 The Honorable Pat Roberts Chairman, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Debbie Stabenow Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Mike Conaway Chairman, U.S. House Agriculture Committee...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-AgCommittee-FarmBillPriorities-120618.pdf

AAFP Letter to ASPE on Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement - August 28, 2019

...August 28, 2019 Brenda Destro, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Office of Science and Data Policy Attn: EPAEDEA Report Feedback 200 Independence Avenue SW,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-ASPE-PatientAccessDrugs-082819.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS and ONC with Administrative Simplification Requests - February 7, 2018

...February 7, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Ave. Washington, DC, 20201 Don Rucker, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Office of the National Coordinator for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-ONC-AdminSimplification-020718.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Asking for More Timely Discharge Summaries - July 13, 2020

...July 1, 2020 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: I am writing on behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/medhome/LT-CMS-PetitionTimelyDischargeSummaries-071320.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Asking for Telehealth Codes to be Added to Medicare Program - March ...

...March 26, 2020 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to spread and more Americans become infected with the COVID-19 virus, it is imperative that our...

Advocacy

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

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