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AAFP Letter to CMS Welcoming Liz Fowler as CMMI Director - March 16, 2021

The AAFP looks forward to working with Dr. Fowler to advance value-based primary care across payers. We are particularly interested in partnering to make technical improvements to the Primary Care First model, advance alternative payment models in Medicaid, and increase the number of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-FowlerWelcome-031621.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on Improvements for Primary Care First Model - May 3, 2021

The AAFP recommends that CMS make several technical improvements to the Primary Care First model to ensure the model’s success and make it more attractive to physician practices. These modifications are even more pressing in light of CMS’s announcement that the agency will sunset the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-PrimaryCareFirstModel-050321.pdf

Joint Letter to House in Support of Value in Health Care Act - July 20, 2021

Fourteen health groups support the Value in Health Care Act, legislation to strengthen Medicare value-based payment models and encourage greater physician participation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-House-ValueAct-072021.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Direct Primary Care

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports the 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.

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

AAFP Letter of Support to House on the Primary Care Enhancement Act - July 12, 2021

The AAFP supports direct primary care (DPC) and believes health savings accounts (HSAs) funds should be able to be used to pay for participation in a DPC practice. The AAFP endorsed the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2021 (H.R. 4301 and S.128) to do this.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-House-PrimaryCareEnhancementAct-071221.pdf

AAFP Introductory Letter to Medicaid Director Daniel Tsai - July 7, 2021

The AAFP congratulates Mr. Tsai on his appointment and looks forward to working with him on Medicaid payment parity for primary care, managed care oversight, expanding eligibility and coverage, transitioning to value-based health care system, and extending postpartum coverage.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-CMS-DirectorDanielTsaiIntro-070721.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Medicaid Payment Parity - June 10, 2021

Joint letter from AAFP and other physician organizations to Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, and Minority Leaders McCarthy and McConnell asking Congress to address Medicaid payment for primary care as part of efforts to expand access to health coverage.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-CongressionalLeaders-MedicaidPaymentParity-061021.pdf

Joint Letter of Support to Senators Brown and Murray for Ensuring Access to Primary ...

Joint Letter of Support for Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women and Children Act - May 27, 2021

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-SenBrownMurray-EnsuringAccessPrimaryCareWomenChildrenAct-052721.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule - July 22, 2021

AAFP staff have developed this initial summary of major proposals in the 2022 MPFS for members.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-2022MPFSProposedRule-072221.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Requesting 2021 Increases in Vaccine Administration Payment - ...

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

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

2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP Response to the CMS 2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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

AAFP Intro Letter to Director of Medicare Dr. Meena Seshamani - July 7, 2021

The AAFP congratulates Dr. Seshamani on her appointment and looks forward to working with her to properly value primary care, reduce physicians administrative burdens, build a robust workforce, ensure permanent coverage of telehealth services, and transition to a value-based health care...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-DirectorMeenaSeshamaniIntro-070721.pdf

AAFP-ACP Joint Letter to CMS Director on Primary Care First Program - May 3, 2021

This letter calls on CMS to address and improve Population Based Payment (PBP), Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), quality measures, and telehealth methodology for annual wellness visits.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PrimaryCareFirstProgram-050321.pdf

AAPF Letter to Ways and Means on Stark Law and MACRA

AAFP response to a request for information from the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, on the topic of what modifications to the Stark Law are needed for MACRA implementation.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-WaysandMeans-StarkLaw-020516.pdf

AAFP State Backgrounder: Medicaid Primary Care Payment Parity

Background information from the AAFP on Medicaid payment parity..

Advocacy

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

General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

Telehealth and Telemedicine

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

Joint Letter to House in Support of the Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax ...

AAFP, along with others, support the legislation since it removes the negative tax implications for Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund recipients by ensuring that all Provider Relief Fund assistance is not taxable, while maintaining that expenses tied to this assistance ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-House-EliminatingProviderReliefFundTaxPenaltiesAct-041921.pdf

Joint Statement Calling for Federal Action on Long COVID Crisis - May 6, 2021

The AAFP joins with several other patient and other clinician organizations to call for federal action to address the Long COVID crisis. Primary care physicians will be vital to screening, treating, and referring patients with Long COVID.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/ST-LongCOVID-050621.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Pressing Support for the CDC Climate and Health Program - ...

Signers of this letter request $50 million for FY22 to support the CDC’s Climate and Health Program. These funds will help support state and local health departments prepare and protect their communities from health threats posed by climate change.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-Congress-FY22CDCClimateHealth-032221.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: LGBTQ+ Health

The AAFP supports full legal equality for same-gender families, including individuals that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer or questioning (LGBTQ+), as well as access to health care that addresses health disparities that occur within this historically ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/BKG-LGBTQ+Health.pdf

Joint Letter of Support for Anti-Racism in Public Health Act - June 23, 2021

The AAFP and four other frontline physician groups sent a letter in support of the anti-racism in public health act and called for investments in public health programs that will research and help end structural racism and discriminatory policing.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-House-SupportAntiRacismInPublicHealthAct2021-062321.pdf

AAFP Letter to OMB on Equity RFI - June 23, 2021

The AAFP submitted comments in response to OMB’s request for information on improving equity across the federal government. Comments span topics such as payment models and demonstrations, tobacco regulation, data collection, AI and machine learning, cost barriers, broadband access, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-OMB-EquityRFI-062321.pdf

AAFP Testimony to House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee - June 23, 2021

AAFP’s testimony to the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee endorses 8 bills that are being considered that address health equity, including systemic racism, and improves data reporting. The testimony also highlights the role of family physicians in mitigating health inequities by ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/TS-Congress-HealthEquityHearing-062321.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Congress on COVID-19 Long-haul Symptoms - April 27, 2021

AAFP submitted testimony to the Energy and Commerce committee on COVID-19 long-haul symptoms. The AAFP calls on Congress to address workforce shortages, primary care payment, high deductible health plans, coverage, ADA and FMLA compliance, and research.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/TS-Congress-COVID19LongHaulSymptoms-042721.pdf

Joint Letter to DoT on Federal Diabetes Exemption Program - December 7, 2015

Letter to the Department of Transportation urging they allow primary care physicians the ability to complete exemption forms for commercial drivers with diabetes

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-DoT-Diabetes-120715.pdf

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