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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-House-MSSP-Rural-Glitch-Support-061521.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

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 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 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 ...

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Telehealth

AAFP Backgrounder on Telehealth

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

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

AAFP Letter to Rep. Kelly Supporting of the Evaluating Disparities and Outcomes in ...

The AAFP endorsed legislation requiring HHS to conduct additional studies of telehealth utilization in Medicare and Medicaid to access the impact of COVID-19 policy changes on equity.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-RepKelly-EDOTAct-072821.pdf

AAFP Testimony from Dr. Ransone to Senate Commerce Subcommittee - October 7, 2021

Full success of telehealth cannot be achieved without significantly improving our nation’s broadband infrastructure. COVID-19 has highlighted the utility and importance of broadband for access to primary care, mental and behavioral health care, education, remote work, applications for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-SenateCommerceCmte-RansoneTelehealth-100721.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...

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

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

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

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to 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

AAFP Letter to CMS on Surprise Billing Rule - September 7, 2021

The AAFP supported the implementation of several patient protections as enacted by Congress and encouraged CMS to minimize unnecessary regulatory requirements on primary care practices.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-SurpriseBilling-090721.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

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