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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

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Expansion By State

Background information from the AAFP on Medicaid expansion state by state.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Payment for Primary Care

Background information from the AAFP on Medicaid payment parity..

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/parity/BKG-MedicaidPrimaryCarePaymentParity.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Work Requirements

...MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has long advocated for preserving and strengthening Medicaid, a program upon which many vulnerable Americans rely. Recent efforts to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries conflict...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Obesity and Overweight

...OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT AAFP Position To combat the health risks associated with obesity and being overweight, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) encourages family physicians to participate in local, state, and national efforts to improve nutrition and encourage physical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/BKG-Obesity.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

AAFP Backgrounder: Physician Preceptor Tax Credits

...PHYSICIAN PRECEPTOR TAX CREDITS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports training for students that emphasizes high-quality, continuous, compassionate, and coordinated care through robust family medicine preceptorship programs. Evidence shows that...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-PreceptorTaxCredit.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)

...PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports the implementation and use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and greater physician input into pain management regulation and legislation. The AAFP will work...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/BKG-PDMPs.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Prior Authorization and Step Therapy

...PRIOR AUTHORIZATION AND STEP THERAPY AAFP Position 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 processes...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Safe Driving and Good Samaritan Reporting

Background information from the AAFP on safe driving and good samaritan reporting..

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/BKG-SafeDriving.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Scope of Practice of Midwives and Doulas

Scope of Practice of Midwives and Doulas

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/BKG-Scope-MidwivesDoulas.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Section 1135 Waivers

...SECTION 1135 WAIVERS What is a Section 1135 Waiver? Section 1135 of the Social Security Act allows the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to temporarily waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Health Insurance...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/BKG-Section1135Waivers.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers

...SECTION 1332 WAIVERS What is a Section 1332 Waiver? Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to submit State Innovation Waivers for federal approval to waive certain parts of the law to improve access to high quality, affordable health insurance. Under the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/BKG-Section1332StateInnovationWaivers.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Sex for Money and Goods

...EXCHANGE OF SEX FOR MONEY OR GOODS The Issue The World Health Organization (WHO) defines commercial sex, otherwise known as sex work or prostitution, as the exchange of money or goods for sexual services. Sex work may involve consensual and non-consensual sexual encounters. Buyers...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Stealthing

...STEALTHING AAFP Position The AAFP believes that sexual assault is a serious public health issue. The AAFP supports the rights of survivors of sexual assault, including the right to protection from their offender and from re-victimization in the legal and criminal justice systems....

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/BKG-Stealthing.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Student Loan Repayment Programs

Background information from the AAFP on student loan repayment programs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/BKG-StudentLoanRepaymentPrograms.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Supervised Injection Sites

...SUPERVISED INJECTION SITES AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is committed to preventing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C, as well as combatting opioid dependence and other substance use disorders. The AAFP supports syringe exchange programs, the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/BKG-SupervisedInjectionSites.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Sustain Primary Care

...Sustaining a Viable Primary Care System The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the fact that the fee-for-service (FFS) payment environment has left primary care system ill-equipped to fulfill its role maintaining the health and well-being of patients. As the public health emergency began,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/action_week/BKG-SustainPrimaryCare.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Teaching Health Centers

Background information from the AAFP on Teaching Health Centers..

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-TeachingHealthCenters.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Telehealth

AAFP Backgrounder on Telehealth

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFP Backgrounder on Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/BKG-Telehealth-COVID.pdf

AAFP Backs Breastfeeding, Lactation for Medical Trainees

The AAFP has updated its policy supporting breastfeeding and lactation accommodations for medical trainees, which other medical organizations plan to use as model policy for their members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190626breastfeedpolicy.html

AAFP Blogs

The AAFP offers several different blogs showcasing voices representing the specialty of family medicine.

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership/blogs.html

AAFP Board of Directors Resident and Student 2020 Annual Report

...AAFP Board of Directors Resident and Student 2020 Annual Report AAFP BOARD OF DIRECTORS Resident Student Kelly Thibert, DO, MPH Margaret Miller, MD, MPH Grant Medical Center East Tennessee State University Family Medicine Residency Quillen College of Medicine Class of 2020...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/nc/congress/2020/nc20-aafp-board-3.pdf

AAFP Board of Directors: Resident Member

Bring a resident perspective to the business of the AAFP Board of Directors and benefit from relationships with established leaders in family medicine.

Membership : AAFP Member Welcome Center

https://www.aafp.org/membership/welcome-center/involve/lead/students-residents/resident/elected-national-leaders/aafp-board-resident.html

AAFP Board of Directors: Student Member

Bring a student perspective to the business of the AAFP Board of Directors and benefit from relationships with established leaders in family medicine.

Membership : AAFP Member Welcome Center

https://www.aafp.org/membership/welcome-center/involve/lead/students-residents/student/elected-national-aafp-leaders/aafp-board-student.html

AAFP BOD-RS Annual Report

...AAFP Board of Directors Resident and Student 2021 Annual Report AAFP BOARD OF DIRECTORS Resident Anna Askari, MD, MSBS Eisenhower Health Family Medicine Residency Class of 2021 Student Cynthia Ciccotelli, MD, MPH, MHA Geisinger Commonwealth School of...

Events

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/nc/annual-reports/aafp-bod.pdf

AAFP Breaks Down 2021 MPFS Final Rule for Members

The Academy has released its summary of the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule for members, including details of evaluation and management coding improvements.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201210mpfssummary.html

AAFP Bylaws

Bylaws adopted by the AAFP Congress of Delegates.

About AAFP : Congress of Delegates

https://www.aafp.org/about/congress-delegates/bylaws.html

AAFP Calls for FDA Discretion in Compounding Guidance

The AAFP and other medical organizations warned FDA officials that proposed guidance on compounded drug products could limit patient access to necessary and timely treatments.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821fdacompounding.html

AAFP Calls for Lasting Fix to Territorial Medicaid Funding

In a recent letter, the AAFP again urged Congress to adopt a long-term plan for funding Medicaid in the U.S. territories.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210401medicaidterritories.html

AAFP Calls for Wide-ranging Approach to Lowering Drug Prices

The AAFP offered multiple suggestions, as well as some cautionary advice, in response to an HHS request for information on ways to lower drug prices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180724hhsdrugsltr.html

AAFP Calls on CMS to Act to Stabilize Primary Care Practices

The Academy’s detailed comments on CMS’ 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule pressed for policy improvements on a number of fronts.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210916mpfscomments.html

AAFP Calls on HHS to Halt Proposed SUNSET Rule

In a Dec. 2 letter, the Academy called on HHS to rescind its proposed SUNSET rule, warning that it would hamper ongoing federal response to COVID-19.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201203sunsetrule.html

AAFP Cautions Against Mandatory Opioid Prescriber Training

In a recent letter, the AAFP urged the FDA to prioritize accessible training on opioid prescribing without making the training mandatory.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211216opioidtraining.html

AAFP Celebrates Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 12 to 15

AAFP Celebrates Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 12 to 15

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-celebrates-authorization-of-covid-19-vaccine-for-children-ages-12-to-15.html

AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity

Learn about the AAFP's Center for Diversity and Health Equity, and the impact of social determinants on health outcomes.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/the-everyone-project/aafp-center-for-diversity-and-health-equity.html

AAFP Chapter Health Equity Planning Grants

This project will support health equity planning by six AAFP chapters. The recipients will receive a $5,000 grant to support planning activities starting June 1, 2019 and ending May 31, 2020. Recipients will also receive technical assistance from the AAFP’s Population Health Department ...

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/prevention-wellness/social-determinants/health-equity-grants.html

AAFP Chapter Letter in Support of THCGME Reauthorization - February 11, 2020

...February 11, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles Schumer Minority Leader Minority Leader U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-HouseSenLeaderships-ChapterSupportLetterTHCGME-021120.pdf

AAFP Childhood Immunization Update - Special Medical Reports - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 1998 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jan 1, 1998 Issue Special Medical Reports AAFP Childhood Immunization Update From the AAFP Commission on Clinical Policies and Research Am Fam Physician. 1998 Jan 1;57(1):158. This revised statement provides information from the...

American Family Physician : Special Medical Reports

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0101/p158.html

AAFP Chronic Care Management Toolkit

Have you been hesitant to implement chronic care management (CCM) within your practice? This CCM toolkit—designed with you mind—includes easy-to-use customizable templates, resources and a step-by-step implementation process to integrate into your practice.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/getting-paid/coding/chronic-care-management/toolkit.html

AAFP Chronic Pain Management Toolkit

Access exclusive tools and resources to help your patients manage pain and combat opioid abuse.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/care-resources/pain-management/aafp-chronic-pain-management-toolkit.html

AAFP Chronic Pain Toolkit

...AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS7 OVERVIEW In addition to pain itself, a comprehensive assessment of chronic pain should cover other domains, including function, impact on daily activities, quality of life, mental health, and comorbidities and conditions that may require...

Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/patient_care/pain_management/cpm-toolkit-functional.pdf

AAFP Chronic Pain Toolkit

...PAIN ASSESSMENT | Section 1 AAFP Chronic Pain Toolkit OVERVIEW Assessment of chronic pain should be multidimensional. Consideration should be given to several domains, including the physiological features of pain and its contributing factors, with physicians and other clinicians...

Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/patient_care/pain_management/cpm-toolkit-pain-assessment.pdf

AAFP Chronic Pain Toolkit

...AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS25 OVERVIEW While opioids are not recommended for first-line treatment of chronic pain, there are instances when opioids should be considered based on patient preferences. These include effects of pain on function and quality of life, tolerance of...

Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/patient_care/pain_management/cpm-toolkit-prescribing.pdf

AAFP Chronic Pain Toolkit

...AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS19 OVERVIEW Pain management is determined primarily by whether pain is acute or chronic. Management of chronic pain should be individualized, patient-centered, and based on shared decision making and goals of treatment. Considerations for...

Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/patient_care/pain_management/cpm-toolkit-pain-mgmt.pdf

AAFP Chronic Pain Toolkit

...AAFP Chronic Pain Toolkit HOP20012003 * External tools or resources included in this toolkit do not constitute or imply an endorsement by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Views and opinions expressed in external websites or documents do not necessarily reflect...

Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/patient_care/pain_management/cpm-toolkit.pdf

AAFP Clerkship Directory

Use the AAFP's clerkship directory to find rotations and electives in your state.

Students and Residents : Medical Students

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/begin-your-medical-education/rotations-and-electives/clerkships.html

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