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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

AAFP Advocacy Conferences

The AAFP hosts annual advocacy-centered events to empower its members with the most up-to-date information on our most important issues.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/advocacy-conferences.html

AAFP Advocacy: Health Care Coverage

Learn about the AAFP's advocacy work around changes in health care coverage systems and processes, including changes to the ACA, CHIP, and more.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-coverage.html

AAFP Advocacy: Health Care Delivery

The AAFP supports access to basic health care services for all people that improves health outcomes via patient-centered, cost-effective care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery.html

AAFP Advocacy: Health IT

The AAFP's advocacy work around health information technology aims to improve communication between patients, family physicians, payers, and pharmacies.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-it.html

AAFP Advocacy: Legal Issues

The AAFP advocates on behalf of family physicians in an increasingly complex legal environment, such as simplifying administrative burden and HIPAA.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/legal.html

AAFP Advocacy: Physician Payment

Stay current on Medicare payment policies, APMs, and the AAFP's work to advocate for physician payment that does not add to administrative complexity.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment.html

AAFP Advocacy: Physician Workforce

The AAFP believes primary care physicians are vital to the health of our nation, so we work to promote programs, initiatives, and funding to support it.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-workforce.html

AAFP Advocacy: Public Health

The AAFP advocates for primary care-centered public health and preventive medicine policies.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/prevention-public-health.html

AAFP Advocacy: Recent Family Medicine Wins

The Academy's Government Relations team is constantly fighting for family medicine and AAFP members on the Hill. Learn more about recent efforts.

Advocacy : Family Medicine Advocacy Wins

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/wins.html

AAFP Advocacy: Research

The AAFP supports emerging research initiatives in family medicine as well as primary care training and education through organizations such as AHRQ.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/primary-care-research.html

AAFP and ACP Letter to HHS on Relief to Primary Care Practices - May 22, 2020

...May 22, 2020 The Honorable Alex M. Azar II Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Azar: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-HHS-PrimaryCarePracticeRelief-052220.pdf

AAFP and AzAFP Joint Letter Opposing Arizona HB 2419 - February 12, 2020

...February 12, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Barto Chair House Health and Human Services Committee 1700 W. Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85007 The Honorable Jay Lawrence Vice-Chair House Health and Human Services Committee 1700 W. Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85007 Dear Members of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-AZLeg-OpposingHB2419-021220.pdf

AAFP and Territory Chapter Letter to EandC Health Subcommittee on U.S. Territory ...

...June 19, 2019 The Honorable Anna Eshoo Chairwoman House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairwoman Eshoo...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-ECHealth-MedicaidTerritoryFunding-061919.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...

Advocacy

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

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 - Physician Payment Reform

...PHYSICIAN PAYMENT REFORM AAFP Position The AAFP supports efforts to create and maintain a reliable and effective payment system for physicians, particularly a system that recognizes the value of primary care-centered reform initiatives. Physician payment should be based on the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/BKG-PaymentReform.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...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Assistant Physicians

...SCOPE OF PRACTICE - ASSISTANT PHYSICIANS Background In 2014, Missouri became the first state in the nation to enact legislation creating the new professional designation of assistant physician. Assistant physicians are medical school graduates who have passed either Step 1 and Step...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Naturopaths

Background information from the AAFP on scope of practice for naturopaths..

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Nurse Practitioners

...SCOPE OF PRACTICE - NURSE PRACTITIONERS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes the valuable contributions of the nursing profession and believes that nurse practitioners (NPs) should function as part of an integrated practice arrangement under the...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Physician Assistants

...SCOPE OF PRACTICE - PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes the valuable contributions of the physician assistant (PA) profession and believes that physician assistants should function in an integrated practice arrangement with...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Psychologists

Background information from the AAFP on the scope of practice for psychologists.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Strengthen Primary Care

...Strengthen Primary Care: Ensure Appropriate Payment In January 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is scheduled to increase payments for Evaluation and Management (E/M) services. E/M codes are a category of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes that...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder - Tobacco

...TOBACCO AAFP Position Despite significant research outlining the dangers of tobacco and a significant decrease in the number of United States adults who smoke, tobacco, and in particular cigarettes, remains the leading cause of death and preventable disease in the U.S. The AAFP...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/BKG-Tobacco.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder -Scope of Practice: Pharmacists

Background information from the AAFP on scope of practice for pharmacists.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: AAFP Backgrounder: Graduate Medical Education Legislation in the ...

...Graduate Medical Education Background The federal government annually spends billions, according to the Government Accountability Office, to fund graduate medical education (GME) residency training for physicians to ensure physician supply and access to care. Medicare GME funding is...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-GME116thCongress.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: Congressional Primary Care Caucus

Background information from the AAFP on the Congressional Primary Care Caucus.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Corporal Punishment in Schools

...CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians opposes corporal punishment in schools, defined as the purposeful infliction of bodily pain or discomfort by an official in the education system upon a student as a penalty for disapproved...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Education and Training - Family Physicians vs Nurse Practitioners

...Education and Training: Family Physicians versus Nurse Practitioners Most Nurse Practitioners (NP)-also known as Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP)-receive their education typically through a one-and-an-half to three-year degree program...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/FPvsNP.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Electronic Cigarettes

...ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes the alarmingly increased use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) - also called electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or vaping devices - by youth and young adults, as well as...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/BKG-ECigarettes.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Environmental Health and Climate Change

...ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE AAFP Position In recognition of the serious adverse health consequences resulting from pollution, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and ozone layer depletion, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recommends strong action on all...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/BKG-EnvironmentalHealthClimateChange.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Graduate Medical Education

...GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION AAFP Position To increase the number of family medicine graduates in the United States, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is committed to removing significant barriers stifling the growth in family medicine specialty choice among U.S....

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Gun Violence Prevention Research

...Gun Violence Prevention Research Background According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more people died from firearm injuries in the United States in 2017 than in any other year since at least 1968. Nearly two-thirds were suicides. The AAFP sees gun...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Health Insurance Marketplaces

...HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACES The Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced a number of reforms to ensure greater access to health insurance for all Americans. The ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplaces provide a comprehensive one- stop resource for consumers to research insurance plans,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/insurance/BKG-Exchanges.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: High-Deductible Health Plans

...Protecting Access to Primary Care for High Deductible Health Plan Enrollees During COVID-19 Contact Erica Cischke at: ecischke@aafp.org The AAFP urges Congress to pass legislation that allows high-deductible health plans to waive the deductible for critical primary care...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Immunizations

Background information from the AAFP on immunizations.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/BKG-Immunizations.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 Backgrounder: LGBTQ+ Health

The AAFP supports full legal equality for same-gender families, including individuals that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer or questioning (LGBTQ+), as well as access to health care that addresses health disparities that occur within this historically ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/BKG-LGBTQ+Health.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Marijuana

Background information from the AAFP on marijuana.

Advocacy

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

AAFP Backgrounder: Maternal Health and Mortality

...MATERNAL HEALTH AND MORTALITY AAFP Position Primary care doctors are essential to the maternal health workforce and our ability to meet women’s health care needs. Family physicians are well-trained, qualified, and an intricate part of providing comprehensive care for women...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/BKG-MaternalHealth.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medicaid Block Grant Financing and Per Capita Caps

...MEDICAID BLOCK GRANT FINANCING AND PER CAPITA CAPS AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes that health is a basic right for every person and that the right to health includes access to timely, affordable, and quality health care, including for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/BKG-BlockGrants.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

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: 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

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