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Advocacy

The AAFP fights on behalf of the speciality of family medicine and its members at the federal and state levels.

Advocacy

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

End-of-Life Care

Learn how the AAFP is supporting federal efforts to cover voluntary discussions between physicians and patients about end-of-life care plans.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/health-care-delivery/end-of-life.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

Administrative Simplification

Reducing administrative burden is a critical step in protecting the overall well-being of family physicians and reducing the cost of health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Transparency

The AAFP affirms the need for effective transparency laws, but advocates for a process that avoids expensive and complicated administration for physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Obesity Prevention and Treatment

The AAFP advocates for health care policies that address and aim to treat the significant health impact of obesity.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Reform Principles for U.S. Health Care System

Read the AAFP’s guidelines for Congress to improve individual health and the health care system.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/reform-principles.html

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: Grassroots

Use the AAFP’s grassroots advocacy resources to help maximize your voice in advocating for family medicine with your Senators and Representatives.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/grassroots.html

Using Speak Out

Learn how to use the AAFP’s Speak Out tool, which makes it easy for you to reach out to Congress on the issues you care about.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/speak-out/using-speak-out.html

AAFP State Advocacy

Use the AAFP’s suite of state advocacy resources, toolkits, and information to help in advocating both at the state and federal levels.

Advocacy : State Advocacy Efforts

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

State Advocacy: All Webcasts

Learn about issues influencing health care and how AAFP constituent chapters are advancing family medicine-focused policies at the state level.

Advocacy : State Advocacy Efforts

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/state/webinars/all-webcasts.html

AAFP: Primary Care Caucus

The Primary Care Caucus focuses its efforts on an approach to advance primary care that is comprehensive, continuous, and connected.

Advocacy : Track Family Medicine Bills and Issues

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/track/primary-care-caucus.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: 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

Health Care Delivery Primer

The Health Care Reform Primer covers the most recent policy principles and considerations guiding AAFP engagement on health care reform efforts.

Advocacy : Advocacy Campaigns

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/act/hc-primer.html

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Information for family physicians from the AAFP as the health care reform established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The AAFP supports the continuing development and improvement of CHIP, which cares for uninsured children and is a vital part of the primary care system.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medicaid Coverage

The AAFP advocates for fair, effective Medicaid regulations impacting family physicians and their patients.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medicare Coverage

The AAFP advocates for primary care physicians and their patients by calling for expanded health care coverage, including Medicare coverage.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

The AAFP supports the ACO model, and promotes benchmarks, information systems, and payment regulations that protect both patients and family physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

The AAFP believes EHRs are vital to the expansion of primary care and the medical home model of care delivery but should be accessible and affordable.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medical Home

The AAFP believes the Medical Home model provides patients with a holistic and coordinated approach to health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Antitrust/Collective Negotiation

The AAFP advocates updating antitrust laws impacting family physicians and for the inclusion of health insurance companies within the antitrust scope.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Follow the AAFP's work on developing payment policies that support the exchange of medical info from one site to another through electronic communications.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Patient Privacy (HIPAA)

Information on HIPAA from the AAFP, including regulations around patient privacy and how the AAFP is monitoring the impact on primary care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medical Liability

The AAFP supports medical liability reform of regulation that continue to have a negative impact on the cost of health care for patients and physicians.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

The AAFP recommends the study of APMs to inform regulatory changes on payment, including the merit-based incentive program and the primary care spend model.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Direct Primary Care (DPC)

The AAFP supports a physician's choice to provide health care in any ethical health care delivery system model, including the DPC practice setting.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)

The AAFP summarizes details of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including regulatory requirements.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

Investment in the primary care workforce is vital, so the AAFP seeks to preserve funding for GME residency programs in family medicine.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medicare Physician Payment

With the repeal of the SGR, family physicians can focus more on caring for their Medicare patients without worrying about interruptions in payment.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Scope of Practice

The AAFP believes family physicians are uniquely qualified to lead coordinated care teams of allied health professionals in providing care for patients.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Medical Student Debt

Because the cost of medical education impacts the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP supports alternative funding strategies for family medicine students.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Environmental Concerns in Public Health

The AAFP serves as both a resource and an advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients regarding environmental risks and existing hazards.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Title VII of the Public Health Service Act

The AAFP calls on Congress to protect and increase funding for the Title VII program, as it is a key component in building the family physician workforce.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Injury Prevention and Violence

Primary care providers play a crucial role in responding to safety and violence concerns. The AAFP shares policies relevant to the care of these situations.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Health Equity

The AAFP fights for efforts to promote health equity and health equality.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Preventive Health

The AAFP supports efforts to promote wellness and preventive public health care.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Prescription Drug Issues

The AAFP recognizes the significant problems prescription drug issues present and works to combat this public health concern.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Tobacco and Nicotine Use

The AAFP advocates for the prevention and treatment of tobacco and nicotine addiction, including the use of e-cigarettes.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Vaccines and Immunizations

The AAFP supports affordable access to vaccinations and immunizations, which are invaluable for keeping patients healthy across the lifespan.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

Women’s Health

The AAFP advocates for affordable access to important wellness and preventive health care for women.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

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

AAFP's Family Medicine Action Network

The AAFP Family Medicine Action Network is a grassroots program uniting family physicians under one goal: advancing family medicine.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/family-medicine-action-network.html

AAFP: Congress 101

Learn more about Congress so you can jump start your advocacy efforts on behalf of family medicine.

Advocacy : Fight with Us for Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/fight/grassroots/congress-101.html

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