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AAFP Letter to the Committe on Finance in Support for Andrea Palm - April 14, 2021

AAFP supports President Biden’s nomination for HHS Deputy Secretary, Andrea Palm.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-Finance-AndreaPalmSupport-041421.pdf

AAFP Introductory Letter to CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure - June 3, 2021

The AAFP congratulates the Administrator on being confirmed and looks forward to working with her to advance health equity by investing in primary care access and health care coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-IntroChiquitaBrooksLaSure-060321.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of HHS Nominee Becerra - February 5, 2021

The AAFP supports the nomination of Xavier Becerra for Secretary of HHS.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-Congress-SupportingHHSNomineeBecerra-020521.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support for the Ensuring Coverage in Public Health Emergencies Act - ...

The AAFP supports this legislation to establish a 30-day special enrollment period (SEP) for individual and group health plans during any public health emergency declaration expands access to coverage and prioritizes patients’ well-being.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-House-EnsuringCoveragePublicHealthEmergenciesAct-012821.pdf

AAFP Letter to OMB - June 19, 2019

AAFP letter in response to the Office of Management and Budget request for comment on the Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-OMB-FedPovStandards-061919.pdf

AAFP Letter to President-elect Biden - November 20, 2020

AAFP letter to President-elect Biden outlining priorities important to the future of family medicine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-PresidentElectBiden-AAFPPriorities-112020.pdf

Affordable Coverage Coalition Principles for Extending Coverage and Protecting Patients

These joint principles represent the nation’s physicians, hospitals, employers, and health insurance providers to collectively desire to achieve universal coverage.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ST-ACCPrinciples.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Background information from the AAFP on CHIP.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/BKG-CHIP.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Expansion

The AAFP is strongly supportive of policies to expand health insurance coverage to all Americans. The AAFP supports expanding Medicaid eligibility as a path to make health care available to all by increasing access to care and enabling physicians to provide cost efficient, quality care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/BKG-MedicaidExpansion.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Letter to Congress on Medicaid Financing in the Territories - ...

The letter endorses bipartisan legislation, the Insular Area Medicaid Parity Act, which would permanently eliminate the Medicaid cap in the territories. The financing cap has proven to be a barrier to reimbursing providers fairly which further contributes to health disparities for ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-P4MonTerritoryMedicaidFunding-031721.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 Letter to ONC Welcome and Info Blocking Extension - March 31, 2021

The AAFP urges ONC to delay the information blocking compliance date until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency to ensure family physicians can focus on providing essential primary care to their patients.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-InfoBlockingExtension-033121.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 CMS on AUC Program - November 27, 2020

The AAFP submitted comments on the intention of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) to collect information from provider-led entities (PLE) for purposes of the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program for advanced diagnostic imaging.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-AUCProgram-112720.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...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Congressional Primary Care Caucus

Background information from the AAFP on the goal of the Primary Care Caucus: to advance primary care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/misc/BKG-CongressionalPrimaryCareCaucus.pdf

Joint Letter to CMMI on Alternative Payment Models - May 25, 2021

AAFP and others offer recommendations to CMMI on the implementation of APMs, specifically advancing health equity, physician participation, incentive payments, and investments.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMMI-APMs-052521.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on Releasing MIPS Benchmarks - April 13, 2021

The AAFP joined several other organizations in urging CMS to release the benchmarks for MIPS cost measures and make this information available on a rolling, close to real-time basis moving forward.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-MIPSBenchmarks-041321.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 ...

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

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