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AAFP Statement - Health Insurance Companies Need to Expand Coverage and Payment of ...

...AAFP Calls on Health Insurance Companies to Expand Coverage and Payment of Telehealth, Virtual Check-ins and E-visits The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) calls on Congress to require that all health insurance plans, including employer-sponsored plans regulated by the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/ST-TelemedicineVirtualCareCoveragePayment-031720.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...

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

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

AAFP Response to CMS on Administrative Burdens - August 7, 2019

...August 7, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-6082-NC P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-AdminSimp-080719.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Prior Authorizations in Medicare Advantage Plans - February 19, 2019

...February 28, 2019 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 445-G 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-PriorAuthMedicareAdvantage-021919.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Supporting the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of...

...September 9, 2019 Dear Members of Congress: The undersigned patient, physician, health care professional, and other health care stakeholder organizations strongly support the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107) recently introduced...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-Congress-HR3107SignOn-090919.pdf

Joint Letter to the House Ways and Means Leadership on Surprise Billing - February 7, 2019

...February 7, 2019 The Honorable Richard E. Neal Chairman Committee on Ways and Means 1102 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kevin P. Brady Ranking Member Committee on Ways and Means 1139E Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-WaysMeans-SurpriseBilling-020719.pdf

Prepared Comments from AAFP President for the CMS Administrator Roundtable on ...

...Prepared Comments | Michael Munger, MD - President, AAFP CMS Administrator Roundtable on Administrative Burden Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 11:00 am Good morning. My name is Michael Munger. I am a practicing family physician in Overland Park, Kansas and the President of the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/TP-CMSAdminRoundTable-AdminReform-102317.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Legislative Interference

...LEGISLATIVE INTERFERENCE AAFP Position The AAFP opposes governmental interference in the physician-patient relationship, which places political and other concerns over the ethical obligations physicians have toward their patients.1 Physicians largely remain committed to ensuring...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/BKG-LegislativeInterference.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...

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

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

Joint Letter in Support of COVID-19 Liability Reforms- May 27, 2020

...May 27, 2020 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: The undersigned organizations urge you to quickly enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These crucial protections should safeguard businesses, non-profit...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/LT-Congress-LiabilityProtectionsCOVID19-052720.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Supporting the Protecting Access to Care Act - March 23, 2017

...March 23, 2017 The Honorable Steve King United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Representative King: On behalf of the 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide who are members of the American Academy of Family Physicians, I am writing you to express...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/LT-House-HR1215-032317.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...

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

AAFP Summary of the 2020 final Outpatient Perspective Payment System - November 6, 2019

...AAFP Summary of key provisions in the 2020 Final Outpatient Prospective Payment System On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule with comment period titled Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/transparency/ES-2020FinalOPPS-110619.pdf

Congressional Primary Care Caucus List - May 2021

...Congressional Primary Care Caucus Membership (as of May 2021) 1) Joe Courtney, Co-Chair (D-CT) 2) David Rouzer, Co-Chair (R-NC) 3) Robert Aderholt (R-AL) 4) Ami Bera (D-CA) 5) Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) 6) Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) 7) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) 8)...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/misc/CongressionalPrimaryCareCaucusList.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...

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

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

CPC+ Practice Sign-on Letter to CMMI - May 14, 20201

...May 14, 2021 Elizabeth Fowler, JD, PhD Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Baltimore, MD 21244 Re: Sunset of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Dear Dr. Fowler: On behalf of the 167...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/CPC+PracticeLetter-051421.pdf

AAFP and VTAFP Letter in Support of VT HB 89 and SB 53 - February 12, 2019

...February 12, 2019 The Honorable Tim Ashe President Pro Tempore Senate 115 State Street Montpelier, VT 05633 The Honorable Virginia Lyons Chair Senate Committee on Health and Welfare 115 State Street Montpelier, VT 0563 Dear Senators, On behalf of the American Academy of Family...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-AsheLippert-Vermont-021219.pdf

AAFP Response to the Direct Contracting Geographic PBP Request for Information - May ...

...May 20, 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 134,600...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMMI-DirectContracting-052019.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on APM Bonus Payments - September 16, 2019

...September 16, 2019 Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Administrator Verma: We, the nine undersigned organizations, write to express our strong concern with the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-APMBonusPayments-091619.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Regarding CPC+ 2017 PBIP Performance Reports - October 12, 2018

...October 12, 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),...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-CPC-PBIP-101218.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...

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

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

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