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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.

Advocacy

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.

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Comments to CMS on the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule - ...

The AAFP submitted detailed comments in response to the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule. Key issues include: fair valuation and payment for primary care services, facilitating the transition to value-based care, reducing administrative ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-MedicarePhysicianFeeScheduleProposedRule-091021.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders on 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed ...

Joint letter from more than 100 medical organizations calling on Congress to extend financial relief to physicians by maintaining the 3.75% increase to the conversion factor for the Medicare physician fee schedule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CongressionalLeadership-MPFS2022-072321.pdf

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 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...

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to CMS Innovation Center Director - March 12, 2021

The AAFP and the Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care (PEPC) congratulate Liz Fowler on her appoint as director of CMMI and requests a meeting to emphasize the importance of value-based payment.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-FowlerWelcome-031221.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.

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-OMB-EquityRFI-062321.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 House Ways and Means Committee on Racial Equity in Infrastructure ...

The AAFP submitted a letter to members of the Ways and Means committee and co-chairs of the racial equity initiative. The letter details AAFP priorities for expanding broadband access, health insurance coverage, lowering cost of care (like HDHP), bolstering the physician workforce, and ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-WaysMeansCmte-RacialEquityInfrastructureLegislation-072821.pdf

Joint Statement on Indoor Tanning Tax - June 10, 2015

Joint statement signed by AAFP on efforts to repeal the tax on indoor tanning.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/ST-TanningTax-061015.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

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

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

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

AAFP Comments to DEA on MAT Interim Final Rule - December 23, 2020

AAFP comments on the DEA Medication-Assisted treatment interim final rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-DEA-MATFinalRule-122320.pdf

AAFP Letter to HRSA on CHC Insulin Epinephrine Final Rule Delay - March 11, 2021

The AAFP supports proposals to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, but we are concerned that this final rule will not meaningfully reduce these costs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-HRSA-LifeSavingMedicationsProposedDelay-031121.pdf

Joint Letter to Senate Pressing Support for Gun Violence Research - March 25, 2021

The organizations in this letter believe gun violence is a national public health epidemic and stand for non-biased, evidence-based research to help identify policy solutions to this crisis.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Senate-GunResearch-032521.pdf

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