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AAFP Adds Voice to Lawsuit Calling for DACA Preservation

Oct 23, 2019 - In an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the AAFP and 32 other medical organizations are arguing to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191023dacaamicus.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Making Value-based Model Work for FPs

Jun 5, 2019 - The AAFP responded to a CMS request for information with suggestions on refining one of the five new payment models the agency announced this spring.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605geopbp.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care

Apr 3, 2019 - In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190403budgettestimony.html

AAFP Advocates for State Primary Care Spending Bills

Apr 24, 2019 - The AAFP and state chapters are championing bills that would recognize the crucial role of primary care in ensuring patients' health.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190424statespending.html

AAFP Applauds Background Check Bill That Wins Swift Passage

Mar 1, 2019 - The Academy voiced support for a House bill strengthening background checks for firearm sales, which the AAFP called common-sense legislation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190301bkgrndchecks.html

AAFP Applauds FDA Move on E-cigarette Flavors, Menthol

Nov 19, 2018 - The AAFP recently hailed an FDA move toward restricting the sale of most flavored e-cigarette products and banning menthol in combustible cigarettes.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181119fdamenthol.html

AAFP Applauds GME Senate Bill Aimed at Rural Shortages

Feb 14, 2019 - The AAFP has signaled its strong support for the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019, saying it would alleviate physician shortages in rural communities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190214ruralworkforceact.html

AAFP Asks Senate to Prioritize Patient-centered Research

Nov 13, 2019 - The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute needs renewed funding so it can keep studying issues that family physicians face every day, the AAFP told senators.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191113pcoriletter.html

AAFP Calls for FDA Discretion in Compounding Guidance

Aug 21, 2019 - The AAFP and other medical organizations warned FDA officials that proposed guidance on compounded drug products could limit patient access to necessary and timely treatments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821fdacompounding.html

AAFP Fine-tunes Proposed Rule on GME, Rural Workforce

Jun 26, 2019 - A proposed CMS rule that could boost the primary care workforce without creating additional administrative burden needs refinement, the Academy told the agency in a recent letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190626proposedippsrule.html

AAFP Gives HHS Guidance on Pain Management, Opioid Crisis

Sep 11, 2019 - The Academy responded to an HHS request for information with advice for ensuring that family physicians are able to address patient needs regarding chronic pain and opioid misuse.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190911painmgmtltr.html

AAFP Guides CMS on Administrative Simplification Efforts

Aug 13, 2019 - The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS on how the agency can improve its efforts to reduce time physicians spend on tasks not directly related to patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190813adminsimpletter.html

AAFP Joins Call to Protect Patients From Surprise Bills

Feb 19, 2019 - The AAFP signed on to a letter asking legislators to curb unanticipated medical bills through policies such as encouraging adequate networks and coverage transparency.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190219surprisebilling.html

AAFP Joins Effort to Postpone PAMA Laboratory Reporting

Jul 24, 2019 - The AAFP and more than two dozen other organizations recently urged congressional leaders to delay required reporting of 2020 clinical laboratory data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190724pamaltr.html

AAFP Joins Objection to Administration's Move Against ACA

Apr 1, 2019 - The Academy and five peer medical organizations are opposing an administration plan to argue against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190401acalawsuit.html

AAFP Joins Push to Delay New Diagnostic Imaging Requirements

May 14, 2019 - The AAFP and 21 other medical organizations recently urged CMS to delay the appropriate use criteria program's educational and operations testing year.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190514aucletter.html

AAFP Joins Renewed Demand for Critical Gun Reforms

Sep 16, 2019 - The Academy and six fellow medical organizations again urged Congress to enact critical, common-sense policies to reduce the threat of firearms violence their patients face.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190916firearmpolicies.html

AAFP Joins Support for Bill to Protect Pregnant Workers

Nov 5, 2019 - In a recent letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee, the AAFP and seven other groups praised the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act as representing a measured approach to a serious problem.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191105pwfaletter.html

AAFP Joins Supreme Court Filing Against Louisiana Law

Jun 11, 2019 - The Academy recently joined an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court saying that a Louisiana law threatens women's access to safe health care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190611geeamicus.html

AAFP Leads Effort to Extend MSSP Application Deadline

Jan 24, 2019 - The AAFP and 11 other medical organizations said it would be challenging, if not impossible, for accountable care organizations to work within CMS' original timeframe.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190124msspextension.html

AAFP Lends Expertise on Social Determinants to Inform HHS

Nov 20, 2018 - The AAFP recently offered HHS feedback on how to improve health care for Medicare patients with social risk factors and what the Academy has already accomplished in this area.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181120hhssdoh.html

AAFP Letter Cites Concerns With CMS' Proposed Lab Rule

Apr 9, 2019 - A recent AAFP letter to CMS expresses concerns with portions of a proposed rule that would increase the financial burden on in-office laboratories, possibly forcing the closure of those that are operating on already thin margins.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190409clialetter.html

AAFP Objects to Interference With Doctor-Patient Relationship

May 17, 2019 - The Academy and five peer physician organizations are strongly objecting to aggressive political interference in the physician-patient relationship that jeopardizes patients' access to lawful care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190517interference.html

AAFP Objects to Planned End of Medicaid Access Rule

Sep 18, 2019 - The AAFP advised CMS not to rescind the Medicaid access rule and pointed out that boosting payment rates would do more to help beneficiaries access health care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190918medicaidaccess.html

AAFP Offers CMS Improvements to Proposed 2020 MPFS

Sep 23, 2019 - The AAFP recently responded to CMS' proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule with a 61-page letter that focused on issues of importance to family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923mpfscomment.html

AAFP Offers Senate Suggestions for Improved Primary Care

Dec 10, 2018 - The AAFP recently advised a Senate committee to support work on advanced primary care, social determinants of health, direct primary care and CMS' Independence at Home demonstration project.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181210senatetestimony.html

AAFP Opposes ACA Ruling, Sees 'Profoundly Negative' Impact

Dec 18, 2018 - In a Dec. 15 statement, the AAFP highlighted the harms that could follow a court's ruling that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181218acaruling.html

AAFP Pushes Against Executive Order on Equivalent Payment

Oct 14, 2019 - A recent White House executive order meant to bolster Medicare includes some good ideas -- but one element could impair high-quality, team-based primary care, the Academy warned in an Oct. 11 letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014execorder.html

AAFP Pushes for Legislative Fix for Harmful Title X Rule

Jul 17, 2019 - The AAFP has joined numerous other health professional organizations in calling on the Senate to limit the harmful impact of HHS' Title X final rule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190717titlexrule.html

AAFP Renews Push for Site-neutral Payment

Oct 9, 2019 - The Academy continued its extensive advocacy for site-neutral payment in a recent round of letters to CMS and Congress, saying that such payment parity would encourage patients to make decisions based on quality rather than cost.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191009oppsletters.html

AAFP Scores Win on Payment to Support Rural Residencies

Sep 5, 2019 - As of Oct. 1, Medicare will start picking up the tab for residents' training time at critical-access hospitals, a move that helps the AAFP's Rural Health Matters initiative.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190905ipps.html

AAFP Seeks Flexibility in Medicare GME Funding Cap

Jan 24, 2019 - The AAFP asked CMS to allow more flexibility in the cap on Medicare support for graduate medical education to help offset the shortage of family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190124gmecap.html

AAFP Sends Administration Detailed Advice on Interoperability

Jun 19, 2019 - In three letters sent this month, the AAFP provided feedback on proposed health IT rules meant to promote exchange of information in EHRs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190619HITletters.html

AAFP Supports Slate of Bills to Protect, Assist Patients

Mar 28, 2019 - The Academy has written in support of House bills to preserve safeguards in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and make generic drugs more available.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190328housebills.html

AAFP Tells FCC Telehealth Pilot Should Encompass Broad Scope

Sep 4, 2019 - The Academy told the Federal Communications Commission in an Aug. 28 letter that a proposed $100 million telehealth initiative must not be limited to rural physicians and patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190904fcctelehealth.html

AAFP to CMS: Make 2019 MPFS Work for FPs, Primary Care

Jan 9, 2019 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP made recommendations on ways the agency can change portions of the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule to better support family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190109mpfscomment.html

AAFP to CMS: To Shrink Opioid Crisis, Grow Primary Care

Oct 21, 2019 - The AAFP told CMS that the agency can help family physicians combat the opioid misuse crisis by increasing investment in primary care physician workforce growth and reducing administrative complexity.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191021supportact.html

AAFP to Congress: Reauthorize THCGME Program Now

Sep 17, 2019 - The AAFP is pressing Congress to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program before it expires Sept. 30 and urges members to join a Speak Out campaign on this critical issue.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190917thcgmespeakout.html

AAFP to Feds on Vaccines: End EHR Costs, Fight Hesitancy

Oct 29, 2019 - The Academy has called on regulators to ensure HHS' 2020 National Vaccination Plan ends EHR financial burdens related to immunization functionality and addresses vaccine hesitancy.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191029natvaccplan.html

AAFP Urges Fix to Medicaid Funding for U.S. Territories

Jul 1, 2019 - The AAFP recently urged leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health to quickly address looming federal Medicaid funding shortfalls in five U.S. territories.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190701medicaidterrcutoff.html

AAFP Voices Concern About New 'Public Charge' Rule

Aug 21, 2019 - The AAFP has joined a call for the Department of Homeland Security to rescind a new public charge regulation that creates an unacceptable barrier between physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821publiccharge.html

AAFP Voices Support for CMS Drug Transparency Proposal

Dec 19, 2018 - In a Dec. 12 letter, the AAFP welcomed a proposed CMS rule that would require prices to be included in prescription drug commercials.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181219rxpriceltr.html

AAFP Warns Against Spread of Low-value Health Insurance

May 21, 2019 - Responding to an HHS request for information, the Academy strenuously objected to the idea of encouraging the proliferation of health insurance plans that do not include important patient protections.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190521insurancecompacts.html

AAFP Welcomes Proposed Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

Oct 8, 2019 - The Academy praised a proposed rule that would add stark warning labels to cigarette packs and called on regulators to go further to protect youth from nicotine.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191008cigarettewarnings.html

AAFP, Other Groups Laud Promising Rural ACO Improvement Act

Oct 28, 2019 - The Academy and 14 other organizations have voiced support for a Senate bill that aims to fix a flawed formula used to measure accountable care organization performance.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191028ruralacoact.html

AAFP, Other Groups Strongly Object to New Detention Policy

Aug 30, 2019 - The Academy and four other medical groups are voicing strong opposition to a new federal policy that poses significant short- and long-term health risks to immigrants being held in U.S. custody.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190830floresstatement.html

AAFP, Others Demand Answers on Advanced APM Bonus Delays

Oct 2, 2019 - On Sept. 16, the Academy and eight other groups wrote to CMS expressing concern about delays in payment of a performance bonus to family physicians and other clinicians. Less than two weeks later, the agency responded by announcing that participants would soon start receiving the ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191002aapmltr.html

Academy Applauds Primary Care Patient Protection Act

Nov 11, 2019 - The Primary Care Patient Protection Act would alleviate financial worries and improve health outcomes for family physicians' patients who have high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191111pcppa.html

Academy Calls for Drug Pricing Transparency, Action

Apr 17, 2019 - In separate letters to lawmakers this month, the Academy expressed support for new drug pricing legislation and ongoing insulin price investigation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190417spikeletter.html

Academy Gives Senate Strong Prescription to Improve MACRA

May 15, 2019 - In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190515macrasenate.html

Academy Lauds Bills Aimed at Curbing Teen Smoking, Vaping

Jun 5, 2019 - The AAFP is voicing support for several recent bills addressing the U.S. epidemic of youth tobacco and nicotine use.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605tobacco21.html

Academy Lauds Lawmakers as Champions of Family Medicine

May 22, 2019 - During the 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., the Academy recognized Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., with Congressional Primary Care Champion Awards.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190522fmasawards.html

Academy Objects to Harmful 'Public Charge' Rule Change

Dec 6, 2018 - In a Dec. 3 letter, the AAFP signaled its strong opposition to a proposed change to the so-called public charge rule, which it said would endanger public health.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181206publicchargeletter.html

Academy Pinpoints Strengths, Weaknesses in Draft Senate Bill

Jun 26, 2019 - In detailed feedback to lawmakers on the Lower Health Care Costs Act, the AAFP applauded the bill's reauthorization of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program while calling for increased funding for the program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190626lhccaletter.html

Academy Praises Bill Lowering Direct Primary Care Barrier

Aug 26, 2019 - The Academy recently applauded legislation that would revise the federal tax code to allow health savings account funds to be applied to direct primary care fees.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190826pceact.html

Academy Pushes Lawmakers to Deliver Rural MOMS Act

Aug 28, 2019 - The AAFP recently applauded a Senate bill that aims to improve the critically compromised state of maternal health in rural communities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190828momsact.html

Academy Says House Bill Would Benefit Rural FPs, Patients

Jul 3, 2019 - Legislation recently introduced in the House that addresses Medicare cost indexes would greatly benefit rural family physicians and their patients, the AAFP recently told the bill's sponsor.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190703ruralhousebill.html

Academy Takes First Look at Proposed Rule for 2020 MPFS

Aug 2, 2019 - As the AAFP begins formulating detailed comments to CMS on its proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule, several key elements already stand out. An initial summary the Academy has developed highlights those points.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190802mpfssummary.html

Better EHRs Vital to Value-based Care, AAFP Tells ONC

Feb 4, 2019 - The AAFP's latest feedback to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability addressed real-world clinical challenges.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190204oncletter.html

Bill to Ease Student Loan Debt Burden Wins AAFP Support

Jun 20, 2019 - In a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, the AAFP called for passage of the Resident Education Deferred Interest Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190620studentdebtbill.html

Bill Waiving Chronic Care Cost-sharing Wins AAFP Support

Jul 9, 2019 - The Academy is voicing strong support for legislation that would eliminate co-insurance requirements for Medicare beneficiaries needing chronic care management.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190709ccmbill.html

Bolster Policy on Tobacco, ENDS, Secondhand Smoke, Says AAFP

Feb 12, 2019 - In a Feb. 6 letter to the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, the AAFP reminded the Trump administration about evidence-based strategies that can help reduce tobacco use.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190212tobaccoletter.html

Close Tobacco-friendly Loopholes in Trade Deal, Groups Urge

Dec 4, 2018 - The AAFP has joined 23 other organizations in advising that a new U.S.-Japan trade treaty should protect both countries against lawsuits from the tobacco industry.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181204tobaccotrade.html

CMS Prescription Drug Final Rule Addresses AAFP Concerns

May 29, 2019 - CMS recently released a final rule on Medicare drug prices that held some wins for the AAFP and other physician organizations that are fighting for patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190529drugpricerule.html

Cover MAT and Stabilize Formularies, AAFP Tells CMS

Mar 1, 2019 - The AAFP recently called on CMS to mandate coverage of medication-assisted treatment and urged caution on midyear formulary updates in payment parameters for 2020.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190301payment2020.html

Cut Red Tape for Family Physicians, AAFP Tells Congress

Sep 23, 2019 - AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., spoke to the House Committee on Small Business on Sept. 11 to make clear how administrative burdens harm physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923housetestimony.html

End Surprise Medical Billing, AAFP Tells Lawmakers

Oct 17, 2019 - Congress must end surprise medical billing -- a practice that harms patients and damages the physician-patient relationship -- the AAFP said in a recent letter to lawmakers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191017surprisebilling.html

ENDS Not a Means to Achieve Youth Cessation, AAFP Tells FDA

Jan 8, 2019 - The AAFP recently told the FDA in no uncertain terms that electronic nicotine delivery systems are not an evidence-based method for youth nicotine cessation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190108youthends.html

Fee Schedule Summary: AAFP Advice Visible in CMS Final Rule

Nov 12, 2019 - The 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule includes higher payment for family physicians in 2021 that the AAFP has been pressing CMS to implement.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191112mpfssummary.html

Final Farm Bill Addresses AAFP's Concerns

Dec 18, 2018 - The Academy has reason to applaud Congress' reconciled farm bill, which jettisons challenges to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181218farmbill.html

Fix Payment to Improve Veterans' Health Care, AAFP Tells VA

Apr 9, 2019 - Better payment is needed to ensure a primary care workforce adequate to veterans' needs, the AAFP recently told the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to a proposed rule involving veterans receiving primary care outside the VA system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190409veteransaccess.html

FPs Need Seat at Pain Management Table, AAFP Tells HHS

Apr 5, 2019 - The Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force should leverage the AAFP's expertise and consult family physicians as it develops its final report, the Academy told HHS in an April 1 letter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190405paintaskforce.html

Grandfathering Extension Could Harm Patients, AAFP Warns HHS

Apr 12, 2019 - Responding to a multi-agency request for information, the Academy told HHS that extending plans that were in place before March 2010 could harm vulnerable patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190412grandfatherplans.html

Halt Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions, Say Medical Groups

Nov 14, 2018 - Five major physician organizations, including the AAFP, said two final rules that allow exemptions from contraceptive services coverage will have damaging effects on public health.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181114contraceptexemptrules.html

HHS Announces CMS Primary Cares Initiative

Apr 24, 2019 - HHS recently announced new payment models influenced, in part, by AAFP input, with the intention of initiating valued-based transformation in primary care settings.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190424cmsprimarycares.html

HHS Designates $20 Million for New Rural Residency Programs

Aug 5, 2019 - HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration will distribute $20 million over three years as part of an initiative to grow the rural physician workforce.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190805ruralhealthawards.html

Illinois Poised for Tobacco 21 Win After Chapter Push

Mar 27, 2019 - After being vetoed last year, Tobacco 21 legislation appears ready to become law in Illinois, thanks in part to testimony from Illinois AFP Board Chair Asim Jaffer, M.D.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190327illinoistobacco.html

Lawmakers Need Guidance to Fix U.S. 'Wealth Care' Culture

May 28, 2019 - The Family Medicine Advocacy Summit opened with detailed advice on how FPs can use stories and data to win greater support from legislators for primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190528fmas-caseforpc.html

Letter Urges Protection of Access to Military Health Care

Aug 7, 2019 - The AAFP and other medical groups recently called on House and Senate leaders to protect military medical staffing levels from a harmful proposed budget cut.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190807dodcuts.html

Medicare Advantage Plans Must Rein in Prior Authorizations

Mar 8, 2019 - The AAFP joined nearly 100 other medical organizations in asking CMS for stronger oversight of Medicare Advantage prior authorization rules.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190308mapriorauth.html

Medicare Part D Proposed Rule Triggers AAFP Response

Jan 28, 2019 - In a letter to CMS, the AAFP raised objections about portions of a proposed rule that would create barriers to certain Medicare Part D drugs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180128medicareletters.html

Organizations Call for $50 Million to Study Gun Violence

Feb 26, 2019 - Scores of medical and public health organizations recently asked Congress to fund CDC research on prevention of firearm-related morbidity and mortality.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190226gunresearch.html

Patient Privacy Crucial in SUD Fight, Academy Tells HHS

Oct 30, 2019 - The AAFP supports a proposed federal rule that acknowledges privacy is essential when family physicians are treating patients who have substance use disorder.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191030samhsaprivacy.html

Pennsylvania Moves to Cut Administrative Burden on MAT

Nov 20, 2018 - Pennsylvania and seven major insurers have agreed to end prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181120pennpriorauth.html

Primary Care Exception Needs Expansion, AAFP Tells CMS

Oct 14, 2019 - In an Oct. 9 letter to CMS, the Academy advocated for the expansion of codes under the primary care exception rule -- an update that would reduce administrative complexity without compromising patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014exceptionrule.html

Proposed Insurance Billing Change 'Dangerous,' Say Groups

Jan 15, 2019 - The Academy and five fellow medical organizations object to a proposed rule that would require health insurance exchange plans that cover certain women's health services to send separate bills.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190115exchangeltr.html

Proposed Rule Would Hurt Transgender Patients, Women, Say Groups

Jun 3, 2019 - A coalition that includes the AAFP recently objected to an HHS proposed rule that could allow discrimination against transgender people and restrict women's access to health care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190603-1557rule.html

Ready to Get Involved and Improve Primary Care? Start Here

Jan 2, 2019 - With the new year and its new legislative sessions comes a reminder that the AAFP's advocacy tools can help family physicians achieve important victories.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190102advocacy.html

Recommendations Aim to Shape Health Funding, Drug Pricing

Feb 11, 2019 - The AAFP and five peer physician organizations recently offered federal lawmakers detailed recommendations for public health program funding and prescription drug pricing.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190211fundingpriorities.html

Restore ACA Waiver 'Guardrails,' AAFP Urges Administration

Jan 4, 2019 - New guidance on insurance waivers is likely to drive states toward incomplete or less affordable coverage, the AAFP warned HHS and the Treasury Department.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190104waivers.html

Review 2018 Open Payments Program Data Through May 15

Apr 2, 2019 - Physicians and teaching hospitals have until May 15 to review their data for the 2018 Open Payments program year before it is made public in June.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190402openpayments.html

Revised Poverty Line Could Endanger Millions, AAFP Warns

Jul 2, 2019 - The AAFP has urged the Trump administration to reconsider a proposed recalibration of the federal poverty line that could greatly reduce the number of patients able to qualify for Medicaid and other safety-net programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190702revpovertyline.html

Revisit Medicaid Payment, Protect Network Adequacy, AAFP Tells CMS

Jan 25, 2019 - In a letter to CMS, the Academy expressed support for the agency's streamlining goals while voicing several key concerns about payment and telehealth standards.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190125managedcareltr.html

Senate Weighs Crucial Teaching Health Center Legislation

Feb 4, 2019 - Following testimony from the AAFP, the Senate introduced legislation to renew Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program funding for five years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190204thcgmebill.html

Survey Shows Support for Tighter E-cigarette Regulation

Mar 20, 2019 - A recent survey shows that a majority of adults are unsure how much nicotine is in e-cigarettes -- but still favor increased federal enforcement against use by minors.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190320ecigsurvey.html

Telehealth Rules Must Protect Continuous Care, AAFP Tells CMS

Jan 7, 2019 - The AAFP recently responded to CMS' request for comments on a Medicare Advantage plan proposed rule for 2020 that deals with telemedicine.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190107matelehealth.html

U.S. Surgeon General Vows to Fight for Rural America

Feb 13, 2019 - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., spoke to physicians and others at the Rural Health Policy Institute about the opioid epidemic and social determinants of health.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190213nrhasurggen.html

Vaccination Webinar Arms FPs for State Policy Fights

Mar 13, 2019 - The AAFP's Center for State Policy will present a free webinar March 26 to share resources and experiences related to curbing nonmedical vaccine exemptions.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190313vaccwebinar.html

Youth Tobacco Use Demands Stronger FDA Response, Groups Say

May 8, 2019 - The AAFP recently joined with 35 other organizations in signing on to a letter that calls on the FDA to take more forceful action against youths' use of e-cigarettes and related tobacco products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190508youthsmoking.html

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