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Medicare Shared Savings Program

Summary of the Medicare Shared Savings Program: ACO Final Rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/acos/ES-SummaryMedicareSharedSavingsProgramACOFinalRule-110211.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

Proposed Medicare Shared Savings Program: ACOs

Comments to CMS on the Proposed Medicare Shared Savings Program: ACOs

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/acos/ST-Berwick-ProposedMedicareSharedSavingsProgramACOs-052011.pdf

AAFP Letter to SFC on Chronic Care WG Policy Options - January 27, 2016

The AAFP Response to the initial policy options proposed by the Senate Finance Committee's Isakson-Warner Working Group on Chronic Care

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/acos/LT-SFC-ChronicCare-012715.pdf

Detailed coalition letter to CMS on the second proposed ACO regulation

Detailed coalition letter in 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-Detailed-CMS-ACOS-0206215.pdf

Summary coalition letter to CMS on the second proposed ACO regulation

Summary coalition 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-Summary-CMS-ACO-020615.pdf

Medicare Shared Savings Program: ACO

Joint Comments to CMS Regarding Medicare Shared Savings Program: ACO

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/acos/ST-Berwick-RegardingMedicareSharedSavingsProgramACO-060611.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Proposed Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Rule - July 15, 2015

AAFP response to CMS on the Medicaid Managed Care and Children’s Health Insurance Program Programs proposed rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/LT-CMS-MedicaidCHIP-071515.pdf

Joint Letter to Sen. Isakson Supporting the Care Planning Act - June 10, 2010

Joint letter to Senator Isakson and Senator Warner in support of the Care Planning Act

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/end-of-life/LT-Isakson-CarePlanningAct-061015.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Advance Care Planning Services - May 12, 2015

Joint letter to HHS urging the inclusion of advance care planning services in the 2016 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/end-of-life/LT-HHS-AdvanceCare-051215.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on ACP in Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - July 23, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS in full support for establishing in the 2016 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule policies that recognize advance care planning (ACP) services.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/end-of-life/LT-CMS-ACP-MSPF-072315.pdf

Health Insurance Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans

Executive Summary: Proposed Establishment of Health Insurance Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/insurance/ES-HealthInsuranceExchangesandQualifiedHealthPlans-071511.pdf

Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans Regulation

Letter to CMS on Proposed Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans Regulation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/insurance/LT-Berwick-ProposedConsumerOperatedandOrientedPlansRegulation-091511.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 2017 Marketplaces - January 11, 2016

AAFP response to CMS guidance titled Draft 2017 Letter to Issuers in the Federally facilitated Marketplaces

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/insurance/LT-CMS-Marketplace-011116.pdf

AAFP Statement to NAIC on Network Adequacy Legislation - January 2015

AAFP Statement to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' draft Model Network Adequacy Legislation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/insurance/ST-NAIC-NetworkAdequacy-011415.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 HHS on Access to Medicaid Services - December 24, 2015

AAFP response to HHS and CMS regarding the final rule with comment period titled, Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services and the related request for information titled Data Metrics and Alternative Processes for Access to Care in the Medicaid Program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-HHS-Medicaid-Access-12242015.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on PCMH Provisions in MACRA - April 22, 2016

The AAFP signed onto a joint letter sent to CMS on April 22, 2016 about PCMH Provisions under MACRA

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/pcmh/LT-CMS-PCMH_MACRA-042216.pdf

HHS Million Hearts Initiative

Letter in Support of HHS Million Hearts Initiative

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/pcmh/LT-Sebelius-SupportHHSMillionHeartsInitiative-090711.pdf

Joint Letter to House on RAISE Family Caregivers Act - July 29, 2015

Nearly 50 physician and consumer organizations express support for a bill introduced in Congress that would require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. These unpaid volunteers are often the extension of the family physician in the patient's life and ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/pcmh/LT-HOUSE-RAISE072915.pdf

AAFP Letter to the VA on the Veterans Choice Program - February 24, 2015

AAFP letter in response to the interim final rule with comment period titled Expanded Access to Non-VA Care through the Veterans Choice Program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/pcmh/LT-VA-ChoiceProgram-022415.pdf

FamMedPAC contribution form

FamMedPAC contribution form

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/content/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/fammedpac/restricted/FamMedPAC%20contribution%20form_12.9.15.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 to HHS on Meaningful Use Audit Concerns - April 6, 2015

AAFP letter to ONC and CMS that expresses increasing concerns with Meaningful Use audits.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MeaningfulUseAudits-040615.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 Convering Meaningful Use Attestation - September 23, 2014

AAFP letter to CMS expressing concerns over the Meaningful Use attestation portal

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MU-Attestation-092314.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 on 90-Day Meaningful Use Reporting - March 15, 2016

The AAFP and 33 Organizations Urge CMS to Allow a 90-Day MU Reporting Period for 2016.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MUReporting-031516.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Health IT Draft Bill

The AAFP provided recommendations for the HELP Committee's bipartisan health IT draft bill.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-HELP-DraftIT-012916.pdf

Joint Letter to the House with Concerns Over Meaningful Use Stage 3 - November 2, 2015

Joint letter to Congress expressing strong concerns with the decision by the Administration to move ahead with implementation of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program despite the widespread failure of Stage 2.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-House-MeaningfulUse-110215.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 supporting HR 3107

AAFP letter of support for the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (HR 3107).

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-Kelly-Marshall-Access-Care-Act-090619.pdf

Joint Letter to ONC on EHR Certification - January 21, 2015

Joint letter to HHS writing to elevate concerns about the current trajectory of the certification of electronic health records (EHRs). Among physicians there are documented challenges and growing frustration with the way EHRs are performing.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-EHRCertification-012115.pdf

AAFP Letter to Rep. Price Applauding Meaningful Use 2 Legislation - November 10, 2015

AAFP letter to Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) expresses AAFP support for the Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act (HR 3940), which would give CMS authority to issue blanket exemptions, rather than just case-by-case exceptions, to practices that cannot meet the requirements of Meaningful Use, Stage...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-AAFP-Price-MU2-111015.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 the FDA in Response to FDASIA Health IT Report

AAFP letter to FDA on proposed Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for HIT report

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-FDA-FDASIA-HIT-070214.pdf

AAFP Response to Draft Federal HIT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 - January 15, 2015

AAFP comment letter to the Office of the National Coordinator in response to the draft Federal HIT Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-ONC-HITPlan-011515.pdf

AAFP Letter to the House Supporting the FLEX-IT 2 Act - July 30, 2015

The AAFP supports the FLEX-IT 2 Act, a bill to increase MU flexibility and interoperability

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-House-FLEXIT-073015.pdf

Electronic Prescribing Incentive

Letter to CMS on Proposed Changes to the Electronic Prescribing Incentive

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/prescribing/LT-Berwick-Proposed2011erxchanges-071811.pdf

AAFP Letter to the DEA on ePrecribing of Controlled Substances - June 3, 2015

AAFP letter urging the Drug Enforcement Administration to promptly change the rules for electronic prescribing of controlled substances

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/prescribing/LT-DEA-EPrescribe-060315.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 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 Evaluation and Management Guidelines - May 20, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS requesting changes to 1995 and 1997 CMS Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services as well as the Medicare Program Integrity Manual

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-EMGuidelines-052015.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 Adequate Formularies - March 30, 2016

AAFP letter to CMS on adequate formularies and decreasing physician administrative burden when prescribing

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-Formularies-033016.pdf

AAFP letter to CMS About ICD-10 and PQRS - June 16, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS expressing concern about the possible negative consequences of ICD-10 implementation as it relates to claims-based reporting for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-ICD10PQRS-061615.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on ICD-10 and Recovery Audit Contractors - June 17, 2015

AAFP letter to HHS conveying growing apprehension with the upcoming transition to ICD-10 as it relates to Recovery Audit Contractors

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-ICD10-Audit-061715.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on OCR Proposed Rule - November 6, 2015

AAFP response to HHS proposed rule on nondiscrimination in health programs and activities and limited English proficiency concerns

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-OCR-110615.pdf

Burdensome Regulations

AAFP Response to HHS on Burdensome Regulations

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-Regulations-101013.pdf

Burdensome Signature Requirements

Letter to CMS Regarding Reducing Burdensome Signature Requirements

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/ST-CMS-Signature-062311.pdf

Retrospective Review of Existing Rules

Letter to HHS Regarding Proposed Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/ST-HHS-Rules-062911.pdf

AAFP Letter Expressing Concerns Over Insurance Consolidations - July 27, 2015

AAFP Letter to Senators McConnell and Reid, and Representatives Boehner and Pelosi 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-CON-Consolidation-072715.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FTC Opposing the Merger of National Insurers - June 4, 2015

AAFP letter to the Federal Trade Commission discussing potential mergers among national health insurance companies

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/antitrust/LT-FTC-InsuranceMergers-060415.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 CMS on "Expanding Uses of Medicare Data by Qualified Entries" - March ...

AAFP response to a CMS proposed rule titled, Expanding Uses of Medicare Data by Qualified Entities

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/hipaa/LT-CMS-MedicareData-032316.pdf

HIPAA and National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Joint Letter to HHS on Providing Express Permission in HIPAA Rules to Allow Reporting Information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/hipaa/LT-Sebelius-HIPAAMentalHealth-060613.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

Medical Liability Reform in California

Executive Summary regarding Medical Liability Reform in California

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/ST-Reform-California-0113.pdf

AAFP Letter to VA on Driving Distance Eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program - May...

AAFP response to Veteran Affair on the Driving Distance Eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/LT-VA-DrivingDistance-052015.pdf

AAFP analysis on the CMS release of Medicare Physician Payment Data - April 18, 2014

Following the release of Medicare Part B claims data, the AAFP provides the following information on the AAFP’s policy on transparency, how physicians should interpret the data or discuss it with patients, local media, or colleagues in order to better inform their practice operations.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/sunshine/ES-CMS-MedicarePhysicianPaymentData-041814.pdf

Joint Letter to Representative Burgess Supporting HR 293 - May 29, 2015

oint letter to Representative Burgess in strong support for H.R. 293, which would clarify that certain applicable manufacturer transfers of value to support independent medical educational programs and materials are exempt from reporting under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/sunshine/LT-Burgess-Sunshine-052915.pdf

Open Payment Data Collection Mechanism

Letter to CMS on Open Payment Data Collection Mechanism

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/sunshine/LT-Tavenner-Transparencyreports-052913.pdf

Health Care Professional Credentialing Verification Model Act

MDL-70

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/model_legislation/workforce/AMAHealthCareProfessionalCredentialingVertificationModelAct.pdf

APC-APM for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Proposal to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee regarding the Advanced Primary Care: A Foundational Alternative Payment Model (APC-APM) for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/PR-PTAC-APC-APM-41417.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

2013 Physician Fee Schedule

2013 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/ES-2013FinalFeeSchedule-0113.pdf

AAFP Summary of new prospective payment system for Federally Qualified Health Centers

AAFP summary of the Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System for Federally Qualified Health Centers; Changes to Contracting Policies for Rural Health Clinics; and Changes to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Enforcement Actions for Proficiency Testing Referral final...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/ES-FQHCPayment-051214.pdf

Policies that Affect the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Letter to the Senate Finance Committee on Policies that Affect the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-BaucusHatch-Feeschedule-053013.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - December 9, 2014

AAFP comment letter in response to limited portions open for comment within the final 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-CommentsFinalMPFS-120914.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP response letter to Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule final rule with comment period

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-FinalMedicarePhysicianFeeSchedule-012314.pdf

AAFP response to the 2017 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP regulatory comment letter sent to CMS in response to the 2017 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-MPFS2017-081916.pdf

AAFP Comments on 2015 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The AAFP comment letter to CMS on the 2015 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-ProposedMPFS2015-082614.pdf

Revisions to Medicare Part B

Letter Regarding Revisions to Medicare Part B for Calendar Year 2011

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-2011MedicarePartB-072810.pdf

Deficit Reduction Proposal

Letter to Senator Murray on Deficit Reduction Proposal

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-SenMurray-DeficitReduction-081011.pdf

Joint AMA Letter to House Speaker Boehner Urging for SGR Repeal - March 16, 2015

This letter, signed by more than 750 state and national physician organizations, urges Congress to repeal the current Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for determining physician payment.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-AMA-Boehner-SGR-Repeal-0316.pdf

Proposed 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Letter to CMS on the Proposed 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2012Schedule-082911.pdf

Joint AAFP Chapter Letter to Congress Urging for the Repeal of SGR - March 12, 2015

AAFP Chapter Sign-On Letter to Congress Urging the Repeal and Replacement of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Payment System

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-Chapters-Congress-SGR-031215.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

Screening and Behavioral Counseling for Alcohol Misuse

Letter in Support of CMS Proposal To Cover In Primary Care Settings Screening and Behavioral Counseling for Alcohol Misuse

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-AlcoholMisuse-081811.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on Advanced Care Planning Codes - December 30, 2014

Coalition letter urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to recognize and make separate payment for the new Advance Care Planning (ACP) codes

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-AdvancedCarePlanning-123014.pdf

AAFP letter to CMS in response to CME changes in the 2015 proposed MPFS

AAFP letter urging CMS to not remove the CME exemption policy as proposed in the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-CMEChanges-080114.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Requesting Addtional Out-Patient

Joint letter to CMS requesting CMS engage in a process to create additional outpatient evaluation and management codes

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-EMCoding-031615.pdf

Annual Screening For Depression

Letter to Support CMS Proposal to Cover Annual Screening For Depression in Primary Care Settings That Have Staff-assisted Depression Care Supports

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-DepressionScreening-081811.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

AMA Joint Letter to CMS on ICD-10 Plans - March 4, 2015

AMA joint letter writing CMS with concerns over the implementation plans for moving to ICD-10, that will be required for use by physicians and others starting October 1, 2015.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-ICD10-030415.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

Full AAFP Response to the CMS MACRA Request for Information

AAFP response to the CMS request for information regarding implementation of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), promotion of Alternative Payment Models (APM), and incentive payments for participation in eligible APMs

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MACRA-RFI-110915.pdf

Joint AMA Letter to CMS on MACRA Implementation - April 18, 2016

AAFP signed onto a joint organizational letter to CMS calling for the consideration of private sector and APMs within MACRA implementation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MACRA-APMs-041816.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS Regarding Patient Relationship Categories and Codes

AAFP letter to CMS regarding MACRA's patient relationship categories and codes.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MACRAPatCodes-081216.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on 2016 Medicare Advantage - February 12, 2015

Joint letter to CMS requesting increased patient protections in the Medicare Advantage (MA) plan offerings in the forthcoming draft 2016 Call Letter

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter to CMS on Advisory Board on Outreach and Education - April 20, 2016

AAFP letter requesting the CMS Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) collaborate with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in educating beneficiaries.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MedicareOutreach-042016.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

Release of Medicare Physician Data

Joint Letter to HHS on the Potential Release of Medicare Physician Data

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MedicarePhysicianData-090513.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Final 2016 MPFS - December 24, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS on the final rule with comment period titled, Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2016

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MPFS16-122415.pdf

Establishment of Separate Primary Care Codes

Letter to CMS Regarding the Establishment of Separate Primary Care Codes

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PrimaryCareCodes-032713.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

Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden

Letter to CMS Regarding Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-RegulatoryProvisions-030813.pdf

Relative Value Scale

Letter to CMS Regarding the Relative Value Scale

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-RUC-100810.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on a Proposal to Modify the Process for Establishing RVUs - August ...

Joint letter to CMS on the agency's 2015 proposal to modify the process for establishing values for new, revised and potentially misvalued codes

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-RVU-081414.pdf

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