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AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for CMS Administrator - ...

Ms. Brooks-LaSure has an established reputation for advancing health care coverage, affordability, and equity. The AAFP shares these priorities and urges the Senate to quickly confirm her as CMS administrator.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/administration/LT-Congress-SupportBrooks-LaSureCMSAdministrator-022521.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: High-deductible Health Plans

The AAFP believes The AAFP urges Congress to pass legislation that allows high-deductible health plans to waive the deductible for critical primary care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocacy

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

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 ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-Congress-P4MonTerritoryMedicaidFunding-031721.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Protected Drug Classes in Medicare Part D Modernization Model - ...

Medicare’s protected drug classes are essential to ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries can access the medications they need. We urge CMS to maintain the protected drug classes in the Part D Modernization model and withdraw recently announced flexibilities.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-HHS-ProtectedClasses-022521.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 Comments ONC Regulation Delaying Information Blocking Provisions - December 17, 2020

• The AAFP strongly supports delaying the effective date for information blocking requirements - we urge ONC to extend this delay until July 31, 2021 or the end of the PHE, whichever is later. • Improving interoperability is essential for reducing family physicians’ administrative ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-IFRInfoBlockingCOCDelay-121720.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

AAFP Testimony for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing on Telehealth - April 28,...

AAFP testimony for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on telehealth for Aprill 28, 2021.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-WMCmte-Telehealth-042821.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...

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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 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: Primary Care Caucus

The American Academy of Family Physicians urges Representatives to join the bipartisan Congressional Primary Care Caucus.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter to CMS Welcoming Liz Fowler as CMMI Director - March 16, 2021

The AAFP looks forward to working with Dr. Fowler to advance value-based primary care across payers. We are particularly interested in partnering to make technical improvements to the Primary Care First model, advance alternative payment models in Medicaid, and increase the number of ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-FowlerWelcome-031621.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

AAFP Backgrounder: Direct Primary Care

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports the physician and patient choice to provide and receive health care in any ethical health care delivery system model, including the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/BKG-DPC.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on FQHC Payment Changes Needed for COVID-19 Vaccinations - February...

Current FQHC payment structures under Medicare and Medicaid are not sufficient to support high levels of COVID-19 vaccination. We recommend CMS make several modifications to ensure timely access to the vaccine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-COVID-19VaccineReimbursement-021921.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Requesting 2021 Increases in Vaccine Administration Payment - ...

The AAFP signed onto this letter, submitted by the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, to request that CMS direct Medicare Administrative Contractors to increase payment for immunization administration in CY 2021.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-VaccinePaymentIncrease-012221.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

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

General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to Congressional Appropriators Requesting Funding for Primary Care ...

This sign-letter urges appropriators to increase funding for inclusion of primary care into global health humanitarian programs within USAID.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-Congress-FY22PHC-042221.pdf

Partnership for Medicaid Honors National Minority Health Month - April 28, 2021

In honor of National Minority Health Month, the Partnership for Medicaid restates its commitment to raising awareness about health inequities among racial and ethnic minority populations and its support of initiatives that enable the Medicaid program to promote health equity.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/ST-P4M-NationalMinorityHealthMonth-042821.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

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 House 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-House-GunResearch-032521.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

AAFP Letter to HELP Committee in Support of Dr. Murthy for Surgeon General - February ...

AAFP again supports the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for the position of Surgeon General of the United States. As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Murthy knows firsthand the important role that primary care physicians play in ensuring access, addressing health disparities, and has ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-HELP-SupportMurthySurgeonGeneral-022421.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Opposing FDA Cigar Exemption - February 25, 2015

Joint letter to the U.S. House of Representatives expressing strong opposition to H.R. 662, legislation that would exempt many cigars from regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA). The letter calls for the FDA to retain oversight authority over all ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Con-Cigars-022515.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Opposing HR 2058 - December 2, 2015

Joint letter to Congress opposing HR 2058, a bill that would exempt e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from FDA Review.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Congress-FDADeeming-120215.pdf

Joint Letter to the White House Requesting Final FDA Deeming Regulations - April 28, 2015

Joint letter to President Obama requesting the final FDA deeming regulation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Obama-FDADeeming-042815.pdf

Joint Letter to USPS on E-cigarette Mailing Restrictions - March 22, 2021

The AAFP supports applying current tobacco mailing restrictions to e-cigarettes. We remain concerned about the impact of tobacco and nicotine addiction on patients and support regulations to prevent the use of these harmful substances.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-USPS-CommentsECigRestrictions-032221.pdf

AAFP Letter to Energy and Commerce Chairman Pallone for Budget Reconciliation Markup - ...

AAFP supports the provisions which strengthen public health, the primary care workforce, and expand access to health care.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-ECChairman-BudgetReconciliationMarkup-021121.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on COVID-19 Vaccines - January ...

AAFP strongly believes that incorporating primary care physicians and practices into vaccination plans, as well as enhancing coordination and communication with physicians, will advance the goal of ensuring equitable access to vaccines for all.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HECS-COVIDVaccines-012921.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Equity Funding in the American Rescue Plan - March 24, 2021

AAFP urges HHS and CDC to ensure funding for COVID-19 public health response activities provided through the American Rescue Plan Act prioritizes the communities of color and tribal communities that are disproportionately affected and underserved.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-HHS-EquityFundingAmericanRescuePlan-032421.pdf

AVAC Support Letter of the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act - January 28, ...

AAFP supports the legislation because it would improve, enhance, and expand the ability of immunization information systems (IIS) to securely exchange real-time immunization record data between federal health agencies, state, local, tribal, and territorial public health programs and ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-AVACSupportImmunizationInfrastructureModernizationAct-012821.pdf

Joint Letter Endorsing the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021 - March ...

The AAFP supports the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021 which would eliminate out-of-pocket costs for vaccines covered under Medicare Part D and improve vaccine awareness and education for beneficiaries.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-ProtectingSeniorsThroughImmunizationAct-031521.pdf

Joint Letter in Support of the Strengthening the Vaccines for Children Program Act - ...

AAFP, along with others, support the legislation since builds on the Vaccines for Children program by investing in the vaccine delivery system and supporting primary care physicians in order to further reduce barriers to care and help families catch up on routine vaccinations.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-House-StrengtheningVaccinesChildrenProgramAct-041621.pdf

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