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AAFP Letter to CMS on GAO RUC Report - December 16, 2015

...December 16, 2015 Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 200 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20201 RE: GAO report on Medicare Physician Payment Rates: Better Data and Greater Transparency Could Improve Accuracy Dear Administrator Slavitt: On...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-GAORUC-121615.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on GME Sections of the 2020 Proposed IPPS Regulation - June 19, 2019

...June 19, 2019 Administrator Seema Verma Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1716-P P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CMS-IPPSGMEChanges-061919.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Insulin Pen Coverage - September 16, 2015

AAFP letter to public and private payers asking for health plan formularies to cover insulin pens at the same tier as vial and syringe insulin injections

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-Insulin-091615.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Letter to Issuers in the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces - ...

AAFP letter in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Draft 2016 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/insurance/LT-CMS-QHP-01125.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Male and Female Contraception - April 20, 2016

AAFP letter to CMS that advocates for full coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptive options for men and women of reproductive age who are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-Contraception-042016.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Meaningful Use Stage 3 - May 26, 2015

...May 26, 2015 Andrew Slavitt Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 445-G 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt: On behalf of the American...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-CMS-MU3-052615.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Medicaid Access to Covered Medicaid Services - May 16, 2018

...May 16, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-2406-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MethodsAssuringAccessCoveredMedicaidServices-051618.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Medical Records for the TCM Code - March 15, 2016

AAFP letter to CMS regarding the release of medical records from facilities to primary care physicians for purposes of the transitional care management code

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/hipaa/LT-CMS-TCMCode-031516.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Medicare Advantage Insurance Participation - September 28, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS regarding physician participation in insurance networks offered through Medicare Advantage and the health insurance marketplaces

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/antitrust/LT-CMS-MedicareAdvantage-092815.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Medicare Part B Coverage of the Shingles Vaccine - May 28, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS urging coverage under Medicare Part B for the cost of the shingles vaccine and the recommended one-time dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) plus their administration in family physicians’ offices

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-CMS-Shingles-052815.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model - May 9, 2019

AAFP letter to CMS proposed rule titled, Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model; Proposed Rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MedicareB-050916.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Medicare Shared Savings Program Changes - March 23, 2016

AAFP letter to CMS proposed rule titled, Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program; Accountable Care Organizations-Revised Benchmark Rebasing Methodology, Facilitating Transition to Performance-Based Risk, and Administrative Finality of Financial Calculations

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/acos/LT-CMS-MSSP-032316.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Managed Care - June 3, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS on mental health and substance abuse in Medicaid managed care and CHIP plans

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-SubstanceAbuse-060315.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services - ...

...September 11, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-2406-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-MedicaidAccess-091119.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Outpatient Prospective Payment - December 21, 2016

...December 21, 2016 Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1656-IFC Mail Stop C4-26-05 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-OPPS-122116.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Patient Relationships - December 21, 2016

...December 21, 2016 Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Re: CMS Patient Relationship Categories and Codes Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt: On...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PatientCodes-122116.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Physicians' Due Process Rights Within Hospitals - May 4, 2015

AAFP letter urging CMS to address the lack of an employed physician’s due process rights within hospitals

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-DUeProcess-050415.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Primary Care Physicians as Specialists - September 16, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS and private payers urging the recognition of ambulatory primary care physicians as specialists for the purposes of consulting on their hospitalized patients and to allow for payment when a consultation is requested from the patient's primary care physician

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/pcmh/LT-CMS-PCP-091615.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Prior Authorizations in Medicare Advantage Plans - February 19, 2019

...February 28, 2019 The Honorable Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 445-G 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-PriorAuthMedicareAdvantage-021919.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Proposed ACO Regulation - February 4, 2015

AAFP response to CMS on the proposed rule titled Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/acos/LT-CMS-ACO-020415.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Proposed EHR Incentive Program Rule - May 21, 2015

AAFP response to a proposed rule titled Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program: Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 Through 2017

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-EHRIncentive-052115.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Proposed Prior Authorization Process for DMEPOS Items

AAFP response to a CMS proposed rule that creates a prior authorization process for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-DMEPOS-072414.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Provider Non-Discrimination - June 04, 2013

...June 4, 2014 Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Room 445-G Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue SW. Washington, DC 20201 Re: Request for Information Regarding Provider Non-Discrimination Dear...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter to CMS on QPP Episode-Based Cost Measurment - April 24, 2017

...April 24, 2017 Acumen MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measure Team 500 Airport Blvd., Suite 365 Burlingame, CA 94010 Dear Acumen MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measure Team: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 124,900 family physicians and medical students...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-Episode-Payment-042417.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Quality Measure Development Plan - February

AAFP letter in response to the draft quality measure development plan on the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-QualityMeasurePlan-022916.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Quality Measures - January 29, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS in response to the Certification Frequency and Requirements for the Reporting of Quality Measures Under CMS Programs request for information

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-QualityMeasures-012915.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on RFI on Episode Group Implementation - February 11, 2016

AAFP response to a CMS request for information on episode groups

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-EpisodeGroup-02112016.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the 2017 Proposed ESRD Regulation - August 23, 2016

...August 23, 2016 Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1651-P Mail Stop C4-26-05 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-ESRD-082316.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule with Comment Period -...

...December 19, 2017 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2018FinalQPP-121917.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the ACA Stabilization Proposed Rule - March 7, 2017

...March 7, 2017 Patrick Conway, Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Norris Cochran, Acting Secretary Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 445-G 200 Independence Avenue SW. Washington, DC 20201 Dear Acting Administrator...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-ACAStabilization-030717.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the Advance Call Letter for Part C and D Plans - March 3, 2017

...March 3, 2017 Cynthia G. Tudor, Ph.D. Acting Director, Center for Medicare Jennifer Wuggazer Lazio, F.S.A., M.A.A.A. Director, Parts C and D Actuarial Group Office of the Actuary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 200 Independence...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PartCD-03032017.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the GME Cap - January 16, 2019

...January 16, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CMS-GMECap-011619.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the MSSP Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Proposed Rule -...

...February 14, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-SSPExtremeUncontrollableCircumstance-021418.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the Oncology Care Model - April 2, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS discussing per beneficiary per month payments in the Oncology Care Model and in the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/incentive/LT-CMS-OncologyCare-040215.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the RFI Regarding the Physician Self-referral Law - August 22, 2018

...August 22, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1720-NC P.O. Box 8013 Baltimore, MD 21244-8013 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-PhysSelfRef-082218.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on USPSTF Recommendations

...August 9, 2017 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-USPSTF-08917.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Regarding CPC+ 2017 PBIP Performance Reports - October 12, 2018

...October 12, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1701-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-CPC-PBIP-101218.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Regarding EHR Modifications - June 16, 2014

AAFP letter to CMS supporting the proposed rule that changes the meaningful use timeline and the definition of certified electronic health record technology

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-EHRModifications-061614.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Regarding the 2018 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

...August 30, 2017 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2018ProposedMPFS-083017.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Regarding the End of Meaningful Use - January 13, 2016

AAFP letter to CMS on the Meaningful Use program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MUEnd-011316.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Regarding the Request for Information on CLIA - March 6, 2018

...March 6, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-3326-NC P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-CLIA-030618.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Responding to the 2016 Part C and D Plan - March 5, 2015

AAFP response to the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year 2016 for Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2016 Call Letter

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MedicareCD-030515.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Supporting Medicare Coverage for HPV Screening - May 11, 2015

AAFP letter supporting the CMS proposed decision memo regarding screening for cervical cancer with HPV testing

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-CMS-CervicalScreening-051115.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Supporting National Coverage for HIV Screening - February 18, 2015

AAFP letter supporting the CMS proposal to recommend screening for HIV infection as is recommended with a grade of A by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), is reasonable and necessary for the early detection of HIV and is therefore appropriate for individuals ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/AAFP-CMS-HIV-NCD-021815.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS to Cover Cervical Cancer Screenings and HPV Testing - April 24, 2014

AAFP letter to CMS advocating for Medicare coverage of screening for cervical cancer with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus testing

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-CMS-CervicalCancer-042414.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with Concerns over Tennessee's UHC Plan - July 24, 2014

...July 24, 2014 The Honorable Marilyn Tavenner Administrator 200 Independence Avenue, SW Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Tavenner: The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is very concerned about the disturbing disruption of care...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-UHCPlan-07242015.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with Final Comments on the 2019 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee ...

...September 5, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1693-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2019ProposedMPFS-090618.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with Further Concerns on Meaningful Use Audits - July 9, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS expressing growing concerns with Meaningful Use audits

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MeaningfulUseAudits-070915.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with Policy Recommendations for MACRA Implementation - April 11, 2016

AAFP pre-rulemaking letter to CMS with primary care policy recommendations to support successful MACRA implementation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MACRA-041116.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS With Reccommended Improvements to MACRA - April 26, 2017

...April 26, 2017 Seema Verma, MPH, CMS Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma: Consistent with the Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MACRAImprovements.pdf

AAFP Letter to Cole and DeLaura on Title VII Health Care Workforce Education Funding - ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/title-vii/LT-HHS-TitleVIIHealthCareWorkforceEducationTrainingFunding-031618.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress Cautioning Against Restricting FTC Authority on Mergers - March...

AAFP expresses concerns about the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews through Equal Rules Act (HR 2745) because it would restrict authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to regulate mergers and acquisitions. The AAFP is wary of reducing this authority in light of the ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/antitrust/LT-Congress-FTCMergers-032316.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress Expressing Concerns over H.R. 3495 - September 28, 2015

AAFP Letter to John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi expressing concerns over physician-patient limitations that would result from the passage of the Women's Public Health and Safety Act

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-CON-WomensHealth-092815.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in Support of the Bipartisan Budget Deal of 2015 - October 28, ...

The AAFP sent a letter to Congress urging passage of a comprehensive bipartisan budget agreement that contains several provisions impacting family medicine

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CON-BiPartisanBudget-102815.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress in support of the HEALTH Act - March 21, 2016

On March 21, 2016, the AAFP wrote a letter to Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) in support of his medical liability reform bill, the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare HEALTH Act (HR 4771). The HEALTH Act seeks to improve patient access to health care services and provide ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/LT-Congress-HEALTH-032116.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress on FY2017 Appropriations - September 12, 2016

...September 12, 2016 The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives United States Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Harry Reid Minority Leader Minority Leader U.S. House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/title-vii/LT-CON-2017Appropriations-091216.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress on Medicare Part B Coverage of the Shingles Vaccine - May 28, 2015

AAFP letter to Congress urging coverage under Medicare Part B for the cost of the shingles vaccine and the recommended one-time dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) plus their administration in family physicians’ offices

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Congress-Shingles-052815.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress on Site-Neutral Payment - February 11, 2016

AAFP response to Energy and Commerce Committee leaders who asked for feedback on the recently passed law requiring Medicare to pay physicians in outpatient departments newly acquired by hospitals at the same rate as physicians outside of the hospital.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-Con-SiteNeutral-021116.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress on the Responsibilities of CMS on Shared Savings Payments - ...

...September 5, 2018 The Honorable Orrin Hatch The Honorable Ron Wyden Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Finance Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin Brady The Honorable Richard Neal Chairman Ranking Member House Committee on...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-FinanceWM-EC-ResponsibilitiesCMSInvolvingSharedSavingsPayments-090518.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress Opposing the Ban on Gun Violence Research - December 11, 2015

Congress has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using federal funds for research on gun violence. There is some movement in Congress to end that ban, and the AAFP's letter asks Congressional leaders to allow the CDC to conduct this needed research.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Con-GunViolence-121115.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress Opposing Title X Funding Cuts - July 26, 2016

...July 26, 2016 The Honorable Tom Cole The Honorable Rosa DeLauro Chairman Ranking Member Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education House Appropriations Committee House Appropriations Committee United States House of Representatives United States House of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-Congress-TitleX-072616.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress Supporting Paid Sick Leave - April 4, 2018

...April 4, 2018 The Honorable Virginia Foxx The Honorable Bobby Scott Chairwoman Ranking Member House Education and the Workforce Committee House Education and the Workforce Committee 2176 Rayburn House Office Building 2101 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-Congress-SupportingPaidSickLeave-040418.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress Supporting the POST GRAD Act - April 1, 2016

On April 1, 2016, the AAFP sent a letter to Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) in support of the Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt Act or POST GRAD Act (HR 4223) to restore graduate and professional students to the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan program. This ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-Chu-PostGrad-040116.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congressional Leadership Asking for Repeal of the SGR - March 2, 2015

AAFP letter to Congressional leaders urging them to use the pending deadline for the current extension of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) as an opportunity to repeal the SGR. This letter further encourages Congress to pass the bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would replace the ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-Congress-SGRRepeal-030215.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congressional Leadership on 2016 Funding Priorities - September 10, 2015

This letter informs Congressional leaders of the AAFP's recommendations for federal funding in the next fiscal year

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/title-vii/LT-CSL-FundingPriorities-091015.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congressional Leadership Opposing Missouri HB 710, Expansion of the ...

...May 6, 2019 The Honorable Elijah Haahr Speaker of the House 201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 308 Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 The Honorable Dave Schatz Senate President Pro Tem 201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 326 Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 Dear Speaker Haahr and Senator Schatz: On...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-CongressLeaders-OpposingExpandingAsstPhysician-050619.pdf

AAFP Letter to Dept. of Justic Expressing Concerns Over Insurance Consolidation - July ...

AAFP letter to the Department of Justice expressing concerns over the lack of competition and consumer choice that would result from pending insurance mergers and acquisitions

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/antitrust/LT-DOJ-Consolidation-072715.pdf

AAFP Letter to DoD on Insulin Pen Coverage - September 16, 2015

AAFP letter to public and private payers asking for health plan formularies to cover insulin pens at the same tier as vial and syringe insulin injections

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-DoD-Insulin-091615.pdf

AAFP Letter to DoT on the Diabetes Exemption Program - July 15, 2015

AAFP letter to the Department of Transportation urging they change guidance that does not allow board-certified family physicians to examine applicants and complete the evaluation checklist they need for the Federal Diabetes Exemption Program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-DoT-Diabetes-071515.pdf

AAFP Letter to EandC Committee Supporting HR 1318- The Preventing Maternal Deaths Act -...

...1 September 27, 2018 The Honorable Greg Walden The Honorable Frank Pallone Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee on Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-ECCommittee-HR1318SupportLetter-092718.pdf

AAFP Letter to EandC Health Subcommittee on Drug Pricing Bills - March 13, 2019

...March 13, 2019 The Honorable Anna Eshoo Chairperson House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Michael Burgess, MD Ranking Member House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Washington, DC 20515 Dear...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-ECHealthSub-DrugPricing-031319.pdf

AAFP Letter to Education Secretary on PSLF - April 4, 2018

...April 4, 2018 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education United States Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 129,000 physicians and medical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/LT-EducationSecretary-PSLF-040418.pdf

AAFP Letter to Energy and Commerce Committee on Opioid Bills - April 23, 2018

...April 23, 2018 The Honorable Michael Burgess Chair, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Gene Green Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health U.S. House of Representatives...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-EnergyCommerce-OpioidBills-042318.pdf

AAFP Letter to Energy and Commerce on Common Sense Savings Act - March 15, 2016

The AAFP expressed concerns about proposed health care and public health cuts within HR 4725, the Common Sense Savings Act.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-EC-HR4725-031516.pdf

AAFP Letter to Energy and Commerce on Opiod Bill - April 22, 2016

On April 22, 2016, the AAFP wrote a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership to comment on several bills approved by the Subcommittee on Health on April 20 to help address the opioid and drug abuse crisis facing our nation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-EC-Opioid-042216.pdf

AAFP Letter to Energy and Commerce on the American Health Care Act - March 7, 2017

...March 7, 2017 The Honorable Greg Walden The Honorable Frank Pallone Chairman Ranking Member Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Commerce Committee Washington, DC Washington, DC Dear Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone: As Board Chair of the American Academy of Family...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/LT-EC-AHCA-030717.pdf

AAFP Letter to Energy and Commerce Urging to Remove Barriers to Telemedicine

The AAFP responded to the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee's call for proposals on telemedicine. The AAFP asks the Subcommittee to remove existing barriers that disincentivize the use of telehealth services in family medicine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-EC-Telemedicine-061614.pdf

AAFP Letter to EPA on Asbestos - August 9, 2018

...August 9, 2018 Tala R. Henry, Acting Director Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Document Control Office (7407M) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20460-0001 Dear Acting Director Henry: On behalf of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-EPA-Asbestos-080908.pdf

AAFP letter to EPA on the Clean Power Plan - April 25, 2018

...April 25, 2018 Scott Pruitt, Administrator EPA Docket Center Environmental Protection Agency Mail Code: 2822T Attention: Air Docket ID EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20460 Dear Administrator Pruitt: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-EPA-CleanPowerPlan-042518.pdf

AAFP Letter to FBOP on HIV Screening - August 1, 2018

...August 1, 2018 Hugh J. Hurwitz Acting Director Federal Bureau of Prisons 320 First St., NW Washington, DC 20534 Dear Mr. Hurwitz: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represent 131,400 members in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/hipaa/LT-FBOP-080118.PDF

AAFP Letter to FCC on Net Neutrality - July 13, 2017

...July 13, 2017 Chairman Ajit Pai Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 Re: Restoring Internet Freedom (WC Docket No. 17-108) Dear Chairman Pai: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 129,000 family physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-FCC-NetNeutrality-071317.pdf

AAFP Letter to FDA on Child-resistant Packaging

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-CDC-CRP-100217.pdf

AAFP Letter to FDA on Electronic Distribution of Prescribing Information - March 18, 2015

AAFP response to the FDA proposed rule that would require the electronic distribution of prescribing information for human prescriptions

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/prescribing/LT-FDA-Eprescribing-031815.pdf

AAFP Letter to FDA on Regulatory Requirements - December 6, 2017

...December 6, 2017 Anna K. Abram Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation, and Analysis Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 RE: Docket No. FDA-2017-N-5093 for ‘‘Review of Existing General Regulatory...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-FDA-Regulations-120617.pdf

AAFP Letter to FDA on Sunlamp Regulations - March 15, 2016

AAFP letter to the FDA on proposed rules titled Restricted Sale, Distribution, and Use of Sunlamp Products and Sunlamp Products; Proposed Amendment to Performance Standard

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-FDA-Sunlamp-031516.pdf

AAFP Letter to FDA Opioid Policy Steering Committee - January 16, 2018

...January 16, 2018 Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 Dear Associate Commissioner Kux: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-FDA-OpioidPolicySteeringCommittee-011618.pdf

AAFP Letter to FDA Supporting Stronger Nutrition Standards in CACFP - April 15, 2015

AAFP letter responding to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed updates for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-USDA-CACFP-041515.pdf

AAFP letter to FDA’s Nicotine Steering Committee - April 10, 2018

...April 10, 2018 Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061 Rockville, MD 20852 Dear Associate Commissioner Kux: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-NicotineSteeringCommittee-041018.pdf

AAFP Letter to FedBOP on Coerced Medical Treatment - April 24, 2018

...April 24, 2018 The Honorable Dr. Deborah G. Schult Assistant Director Health Services Division Federal Bureau of Prisons 320 First St., NW Washington, DC 20534 Dear Dr. Schult: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 129,000 physicians and medical...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/health/LT-FBOP-CoercedMedicalTreatment-042418.pdf

AAFP Letter to FMCSA on Diabetic Commercial Drivers - Oxtober 19, 2016

...October 19, 2016 Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE. Washington, DC Dear Associate Administrator Minor: On behalf of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/obesity/LT-FMCSA-DiabeticDrivers-101916.pdf

AAFP Letter to FSMB on Reciprocity for Training Licenses

...August 16, 2017 Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, MS, MACP, FACOI President and CEO, Federation of State Medical Boards 400 Fuller Wiser Road Euless, TX 76039 RE: Reciprocity of State Training Licenses Dear Dr. Chaudhry: On behalf of the 129,000 physician and medical-student members of the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-FSMB-ReciprocityTrainingLicenses-081617.pdf

AAFP Letter to FTC on Examing Health Care Hearings - Marh 18, 2014

AAFP letter to the FTC in advance of the public workshop titled Examining Health Care Competition

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/antitrust/LT-FTC-HealthCareHearings-031814.pdf

AAFP Letter to Governor Jindal Opposing Optometry Scope of Practice Legislation - May ...

AAFP sent a letter urging Louisiana Governor Jindal to veto legislation that would inappropriately expand the scope of practice for optometrists.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-Jindal-OptometryScope-052914.pdf

AAFP Letter to HCP LAN on Financial Benchmarking - March 4, 2016

This letter was sent by AAFP to HCP LAN supporting primary care financial benchmarking concepts and most of the concepts in the draft white paper.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-Benchmarking-030416.pdf

AAFP Letter to HCP LAN on Patient Attribution White Paper - March 2, 2016

This letter was sent by AAFP to HCP LAN supporting primary care patient attribution and most of the concepts in the draft white paper.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-PatientAttribution-030316.pdf

AAFP Letter to HCP-LAN Draft of "Primary Care Payment Models" White Paper - November ...

...November 15, 2016 Susan Edgman-Levitan, PA Executive Director, John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation Massachusetts General Hospital Bill Golden, MD, MACP Arkansas Medicaid Director Professor of Medicine and Public Health, University of Arkansas Primary Care Payment...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-HCP-LAN-PaymentModels-111516.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS in Response to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Modifications - December 2, 2015

AAFP response to HHS on the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 Through 2017 final rule with comment period

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-HHS-MU3-120215.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS in Support of Health Care Coverage in the US Territories - July 22, ...

...July 22, 2016 The Honorable Sylvia Burwell Office of the Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Burwell: On behalf of the 124,900 physicians and students who are members of the AAFP, I would like to bring to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-Territories-072216.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters - December 18, 2014

AAFP response to the proposed rule titled, HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016 which makes adjustments to federally facilitated exchanges.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-BenefitPaymetParameter0121814.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters - December 16, 2015

AAFP response to the proposed rule titled, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-PaymentParameters-121615.pdf

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