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'Country Doc' Leading Health Advocacy in Lone Star State

As he winds down his fourth decade in practice, Douglas Curran, M.D., remains a leading physician advocate in his state as president of the Texas Medical Association.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180723fdf-curran.html

'I Am Convinced Family Medicine Is the Solution'

Watching a family member struggle with illness and access to care inspired third-year family medicine resident Kristina Dakis, M.D., to pursue a career in medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180212focus-dakis.html

'Inspirational' Forum Grooms FP Leaders, Helps Chapters

'Inspirational' Forum Grooms FP Leaders, Helps Chapters

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/inspirational_forum_grooms_fp_leaders.html

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181022fdf-roett.html

'Nerdy Girl' Is Star in Family Medicine

Sarah Coles, M.D., was pondering a future in music or science when her mother’s cancer diagnosis put her on a path to family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20201026fdf-coles.html

'Stop the Bleed' Aims to Turn Bystanders into 'By-doers'

'Stop the Bleed' Aims to Turn Bystanders into 'By-doers'

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/stop_the_bleed_aims_to.html

'Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise

For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200804nc-future.html

'Tis the Season: For Us, Holidays Mix Sacrifice, Blessings

'Tis the Season: For Us, Holidays Mix Sacrifice, Blessings

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/tis_the_season_for_us.html

'What? Me Worry?' Family Medicine Residency Trained Me Well

'What? Me Worry?' Family Medicine Residency Trained Me Well

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/what_me_worry_family_medicine.html

"Frontier Areas," Medical Care Roles

Read AAFP's policy on medical roles in frontier areas.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/frontier-areas.html

1. Assess Your Practice and Collect Baseline Data

Step 1: Assess Your Practice and Collect Baseline Data

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/assess-collect.html

100Plus

100 Plus

Family Physician : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/fpm/100-plus.html

2,500 Cash-Paying Patients and Growing -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - This physician is expanding his cash-only practice to keep up with demand.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p64.html

2. Determine Your Goal

Step 2: Determine Your Goal

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/determine-goal.html

2016 Advocacy Agenda: Four Things to Know

Four key issues stand out on the Academy's advocacy agenda for 2016: influencing the implementation of the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act; meaningful use; reducing administrative complexity; and aligning payers' quality and performance measures.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/2016_advocacy_agenda_four_things.html

2016 Election: Dates to Remember

On Nov. 8, American voters will elect a new president and vice president, 469 members of Congress and a dozen governors. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some important dates to remember.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/2016_election_dates_to_remember.html

2017 Agenda for the Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement

...medical school and residency curriculum is insufficient alone to prepare physicians to 26 manage a business, and 27 28 WHEREAS, the Direct Primary Care toolkit created by the American Academy of Family 29 Physicians includes business plan supplements, salary and financial...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/PracticeEnhancementAgenda2017.pdf

2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Impact ACOs' Ability to Succeed

The AAFP has asked for changes to a CMS interim final rule regarding 2017 disasters and accountable care organization policies.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180220msspdisaster.html

2018 Agenda of the Reference Committee on Organization and Finance

...better health, through more effective and 18 affordable care, and 19 20 WHEREAS, patient engagement activities occur at different levels - direct care interactions, 21 organizational design and governance, and policy making - on a continuum from consultation to 22 partnership and...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/alf_ncsc/business/18OrganizationFinanceReferenceCommitteeAgenda.pdf

2018 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180428ncclelections.html

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Says CDC

On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220fluvaccine.html

2018DataBriefDPC.pdf

...DIRECT PRIMARY CARE (DPC) STUDY DATA BRIEF 8 in 10 Practice in a Pure DPC 16% Less then one year 42% 1-3 years 42% Indefinitely Type of DPC Practice Length of time planning to operate in a Hybrid Mode 14% Hybrid 1% Concierge 5% Other Length of...

About AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/about_us/membership/2018DataBriefDPC.pdf

2019 AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Is Coming Soon

Active AAFP and resident members will soon have an opportunity to tell the Academy what they think about being a member and what the AAFP can do to best serve the needs of members and drive the specialty forward.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190402membersatsurv.html

2019 MIPS Data Submission Deadline Approaching Fast

Family physicians and other eligible clinicians have until March 31 to report their 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System data.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20200306submitmipsdata.html

2019 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy's 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190427nccl-elections.html

2019 NRMP Match Marks Decade of Growth for Family Medicine

The 2019 Match numbers mark a decade of year-over-year growth for family medicine, with a total of 3,848 medical students and graduates matching into the specialty -- 313 more than in 2018.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190315matchday.html

2019 Preview Includes Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S., shares some of the work the AAFP has started to ease physicians' administrative burden through the use of new and emerging technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102waldrenqa.html

2020 Global Health Summit Breakouts

PDF presentations and handouts for 2020 Global Health Summit breakout sessions.

Events : 2020 Global Health Summit Breakouts

https://www.aafp.org/events/2020-global-health-summit-breakouts.html

2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: What You Need to Know

The proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule is 1,704 pages long. In a much shorter In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the key points family physicians should know.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190820itt-2020mpfs.html

2020 Member Survey Is Your Change to Steer AAFP's Work

The AAFP's 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey was emailed on Feb. 29 to all active members who have not opted out of email surveys. There's still time for members who had opted out to receive the survey before the March 31 deadline.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200304membersurvey.html

2021 Congress of Delegates Postponed

The in-person meeting of the 2021 Congress of Delegates that was planned for Sept. 27-29 is being postponed, but delegates will still elect the AAFP president-elect, speaker, vice speaker and directors during a virtual special session next month.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210805codpostponed.html

2021 E/M Coding Reference Cards

Order the 2021 E/M coding reference cards to assist in the family physician's practice. Maximize payment and reduce the stress associated with audits by understanding how to properly document and code for E/M services.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/getting-paid/coding/evaluation-management/e-m-coding-reference-cards1.html

2021 E/M Payment Boost Intact, Academy Reports

An AAFP summary of CMS' proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule confirms that the increase in payment to family physicians announced last year is still set to begin in 2021.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200827mpfs.html

2021 FMX Prospectus

...72% Direct Primary Care Physicians 5% WHAT REGIONS ARE THEY FROM? 30% 14% 32% 22% WEST SOUTH MIDWEST NORTHEAST INTERNATIONAL2% 4 BREAK BOUNDARIES AT FMX! CONTACT: JILL VETTER | 913-951-8943 | JVETTER@AAFP.ORG ABOUT FMX 2021 WHY DID THEY...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/fmx/fmx-prospectus.pdf

2021 Leadership Directory

Leadership Directory

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/commissions/2021_leadership_directory.html

2021 NCCL Delegates Elect New Leaders

AAFP chapter delegates elected colleagues to fill several leadership positions at the Academy’s 2021 National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210503nccl-elections.html

2021 NCCL Tackles Telehealth, Coercive Employment Practices

Family physicians from around the country weighed in on a wide range of issues important to family medicine during the 2021 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, including measures that addressed telehealth, restrictive employment practices and the role of family physicians in ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210512nccl-practenhance.html

2022 Payment Adjustments for 2020 MIPS Performance Posted

CMS has released 2020 performance feedback for the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System. MIPS-eligible clinicians can obtain their performance feedback, final score and MIPS payment adjustment information for 2022 from the QPP website.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210812mips2020feedback.html

3. Implement and Test Interventions

Step 3: Implement and test interventions.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/implement-test.html

30-hour Shifts? Only If It Makes Us Better Physicians

30-hour Shifts? Only If It Makes Us Better Physicians

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/30_hour_shifts_only_if.html

4. Measure Your Success

Step 4: Measure your success

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/measure-success.html

5. Spread the Change to Others

Spread the change to others

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/spread-change.html

50% Off CME

Free CME when you join the AAFP.

Membership : 50% Off CME When You Join the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/membership/50-off-cme-join.html

50% Off CME

Free CME with Your AAFP Membership Renewal

Membership : 50% Off CME with Membership Renewal

https://www.aafp.org/membership/50-off-cme.html

6. Sustain the Improvement Over Time

Step 6: Sustain the improvement over time

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/immunizations-vaccines/office-champtions/sustain-improvement.html

60-Second Survey Gives Insight Into Unmet Social Needs

Researchers found that a brief survey administered to patients helped identify obstacles to maintaining good health.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190612minutesurvey.html

A Challenge to All Chapters: Send a New Physician to NCSC

A Challenge to All Chapters: Send a New Physician to NCSC

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_challenge_to_all_chapters.html

A Champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity

When Jennifer Edgoose, M.D., M.P.H., objected to the lack of diversity in her residency program, her department chair challenged her to do something about it. She didn't stop there.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181112fdf-edgoose.html

A Changing Climate Threatens Our Health

The health threats posed by climate change are alarming. Given the scope of the problem, everyone could potentially be affected -- and likely, many of us will be.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_changing_climate_threatens_our.html

A Conversation About Fair Payment

A Conversation About Fair Payment

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_conversation_about_fair_payment.html

A Conversation About Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Violence has become a public health crisis. Ending the ban on federal funding for research on violence involving firearms would be a good first step in addressing the problem.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171005lv-violence.html

A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_day_on_the_hill.html

A Familiar Voice for Family Medicine

His prolific work as a family medicine researcher has given Douglas Kamerow, M.D., M.P.H., global platforms where he can discuss important health issues.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200427fdf-kamerow.html

A Feedback Tool to Improve Physician-Medical Assistant Communication -- FPM

Jun 1, 2014 - Using an evaluation form and face-to-face meetings can help get both sides of the team talking and solving problems.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0500/p5.html

A Food Desert Reveals Much About Health -- and Community

A Food Desert Reveals Much About Health -- and Community

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/a_food_desert_reveals_much.html

A Hiring Manager's Perspective on the Art of Interviewing

Are you looking for a job or preparing for residency interviews? Hiring manager Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., tells you what she's looking for when she's interviewing candidates.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180910fp-interviewer.html

A Look Ahead to Election Day and a Look Back at FMX

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers his thoughts on the upcoming election and his top five highlights from the recent Family Medicine Experience.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181023itt-fmxtop5.html

A Maternal Health Breakthrough and a PCF Model Update

CMS has given Illinois the go-ahead for 12 months’ postpartum Medicaid coverage, reflecting an AAFP advocacy goal.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210413itt-maternalhealth.html

A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_meaningful_discussion_about_meaningful.html

A Model for Connecting Primary Care in COVID-19 Era

Kyle Leggott, M.D., and colleagues from the University of Colorado explain in the Fresh Perspectives blog how their state is using Project ECHO to share information primary care practices need to navigate the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201118fp-echo.html

A Model for Successful Rural Practice -- FPM

Mar 1, 2000 - This community-supported practice meets the needs of both the community and the physicians serving it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2000/0300/p41.html

A Needed Role Model and Advocate for Family Medicine

Family physician Andrea Anderson, M.D., has helped her specialty take root at a school that had lacked a family medicine presence.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200511fdf-anderson.html

A New Approach to Recruitment and Retention

A New Approach to Recruitment and Retention

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_new_approach_to_recruitment.html

A New Assembly Experience: Discussing Real Issues; Providing Real Answers

A New Assembly Experience: Discussing Real Issues; Providing Real Answers

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/redesigned_assembly_experience_discussing_real.html

A New Future With an Old Business Model -- FPM

Feb 1, 2006 - Turning away third-party payers and requiring payment at the time of service restored this family physician's practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2006/0200/p74.html

A New Intern's Reflections From the ICU

New resident Lauren Abdul-Majeed, M.D., M.P.H., is applying family medicine's holistic approach to patients during her ICU rotation and suggests that others should do likewise, regardless of practice setting.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170901lv-reflect.html

A New Model of Charitable Care: The Robin Hood Practice -- FPM

Feb 1, 2008 - This self-sustaining practice provides concierge care and indigent care in equal amounts. Here's how it works.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0200/p12.html

A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/a_new_year_a_new.html

A Note About Clinical Preventive Service Recommendations

Read about the development of clinical preventive service recommendations, and a list of AAFP recommendations that differ from the USPSTF.

Family Physician |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/aafp-uspstf.html

A Perfect Time to Talk About Breastfeeding

A Perfect Time to Talk About Breastfeeding

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_perfect_time_to_talk.html

A Powerful Voice

A Powerful Voice

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_powerful_voice.html

A Primary Care Approach to Curbing Dangerous Teen Trends

A Primary Care Approach to Curbing Dangerous Teen Trends

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/a_primary_care_approach_to.html

A Primary Care Checklist for Medical Schools

Medical schools vary in their approach to including primary care in their overall curriculum. Use this checklist to look for programs that support family medicine.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/considering-medical-school/medical-school-programs-primary-care/a-primary-care-checklist-for-medical-schools.html

A Right Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

Some physicians remain reluctant to prescribe buprenorphine for medication-assisted therapy. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., refutes two common arguments against the practice.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180209lv-opioidsmat.html

A Tale of Two Pandemics and a Call to Action

Alex McDonald, M.D., C.A.Q.S.M., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that while misinformation and disinformation have disrupted progress against the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time for more family physicians to speak up and speak out about the issue.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210902fp-ourshot.html

A Well-Deserved Honor for AAFP President

A Well-Deserved Honor for AAFP President

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_well_deserved_honor_for.html

A Word From the President

Blog updates from the AAFP president covering timely topics for Academy members

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/wordfrompresident.html

A Workforce Without Women? Good Luck, Chuck

Kimberly Becher, M.D., responds to recent statements by politicians who questioned women's place in the workforce. Spoiler alert: She's not amused.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181016fp-nowomen.html

AAFP Accepting Nominations for 2021 Public Health Award

Applications for the AAFP Public Health Award, which honors members who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving public health, are being accepted until May 15.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210406publichealthaward.html

AAFP Adds Five New 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

The AAFP has added five new recommendations to its Choosing Wisely list, which highlights medical tests, treatments and procedures that may be medically unnecessary and should be discussed with patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815choosingwisely.html

AAFP Adds New Livestream Platform CME Options

The AAFP is offering a new livestreaming CME format for two upcoming musculoskeletal and sports care and two adult medicine courses. Each topic will be offered in two formats: six half-day sessions during a three-day event or one 90-minute session every week for 12 weeks.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191113newlivestreamcme.html

AAFP Adds Voice to Lawsuit Calling for DACA Preservation

In an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the AAFP and 32 other medical organizations are arguing to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191023dacaamicus.html

AAFP Adopts New ACCME Standards

View the new ACCME Standards that AAFP has adopted and will be implemented in January 2022.

CME : AAFP Credit System

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/new-accme-standards.html

AAFP Adopts Principles for Administrative Simplification

The AAFP has released a set of principles dedicated to reducing the administrative burden on family physicians so they can spend more time caring for patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180116simplification.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Making Value-based Model Work for FPs

The AAFP responded to a CMS request for information with suggestions on refining one of the five new payment models the agency announced this spring.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605geopbp.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Prior Authorizations, Opioid Epidemic

The AAFP recently made recommendations to CMS on how to address specific issues with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180307medicareadv.html

AAFP Advises HHS on Boosting HPV Vaccination Rates

HPV vaccination rates have improved in recent years, but the AAFP says physicians and other health care professionals in rural areas, especially, need more education about the vaccine and its benefits

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180618hhs-hpvltr.html

AAFP Advises HHS on Improving HIPAA Without Adding Burden

The AAFP recently sent HHS detailed suggestions to prevent a proposed HIPAA rule from increasing administrative complexity.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210513hipaa.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care

In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190403budgettestimony.html

AAFP Advises ONC, Continues Fight for Interoperability

The AAFP recently offered suggestions to the federal government on a draft document that lays out a plan to prioritize nationwide health IT

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180223oncletter.html

AAFP Advises VA on Proposed Rules to Expand Patient Access

The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180320vapayment.html

AAFP Advises White House on Building Robust Workforce

In a recent letter, the AAFP offered the Biden administration recommendations on strengthening the primary care workforce.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210205workforce.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 Advocacy on MACRA Implementation Paying Off

CMS recently announced a "Pick Your Pace" plan that would provide greater flexibility for physicians regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the options outlined by CMS ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/aafp_advocacy_on_macra_implementation.html

AAFP Advocacy Promotes Compassionate Care

After years of advocacy efforts, public policy has begun to align with AAFP policy in regards to advance care planning. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin looks at how the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule would ensure that family physicians are ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/aafp_advocacy_promotes_compassionate_care.html

AAFP Advocacy Visible in Value-based Payment Legislation

In a July 24 letter, the AAFP lauded the Value in Health Care Act's support of value-based care models and accountable care organizations.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200730vhcact.html

AAFP Advocacy Wins With CMS Telehealth Payment Boost

CMS announced retroactive increased payment for audio-only telemedicine that covers more services, a change the AAFP has been urging since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200505telehealthboost.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

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