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AAFP Letter on Draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) -...

...June 3, 2019 Donald W. Rucker, MD National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Department of Health and Human Services 330 C Street SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Dr. Rucker, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600 family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-TEFCAComments-060319.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on Payment Concerns Regarding Telephone Calls During COVID-19 ...

...April 8, 2020 Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: The undersigned organizations applaud the actions taken by CMS to date to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-CMS-PaymentConcernsRegardingTelephoneCalls-040820.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Asking for Telehealth Codes to be Added to Medicare Program - March ...

...March 26, 2020 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to spread and more Americans become infected with the COVID-19 virus, it is imperative that our...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-CMS-TelephoneVisitCodes-032520.pdf

Joint Letter to DEA on Special Telehealth Regulations - October 26, 2020

...October 26, 2020 The Honorable Timothy Shea Acting Administrator Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Lincoln Place-West, 700 Army Navy Drive Arlington, VA 22202 Dear Administrator Shea: The undersigned organizations write to encourage the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-DEA-SpecialTelemedicineRegistration-102620.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FCC on Telehealth in Rural America - January 31, 2018

...January 31, 2018 Secretary Marlene H. Dortch FCC Reference Center, Room CY-A257 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 Re: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America, WC Docket No. 17-310 Dear Secretary Dortch: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-FCC-RuralTelehealth-013118.pdf

AAFP Letter supporting Telehealth Expansion Act - July 22, 2020

...July 22, 2020 The Honorable Ron Wyden U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Wyden: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write to share our organization’s support for...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-Wyden-TelehealthExpansionAct-072220.pdf

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...

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter to CMS in Response to MyHealthEData Initiative - March 14, 2018

...March 14, 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 129,000...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-MyHealthEData-031418.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...

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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

AAFP to the Ways and Means Committee on Surprise Billing - October 10, 2019

...October 10, 2019 The Honorable Richard Neal The Honorable Kevin Brady Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Ways and Means Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC Washington, DC Dear Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady: On...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-WM-SurpriseBilling-101019.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...

Advocacy

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

Joint Federation Letter in Support of COVID Liability Reforms - June 9, 2020

...June 9, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker of the House of Representatives Senate Majority Leader U.S. Capitol Building, H-222 U.S. Capitol Building, S-230 Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/LT-Congress-COVIDLiabilityProtections-060920.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...

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

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