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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 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 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, 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

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 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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Chapters Report Varied Approaches to Common State Issues

Nov 13, 2018 - A roundtable at the AAFP's 2018 State Legislative Conference offered an overview of how some chapters are meeting -- and overcoming -- legislative challenges.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181113slcroundup.html

Review AAFP Summary of 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Nov 9, 2018 - The AAFP has created a summary of the 2019 final Medicare physician fee schedule that highlights the elements that will most affect family physicians' practices in the coming year and beyond.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181109mpfssummary.html

Academy Warns of Danger in Proposed SAFE Vehicles Rule

Nov 7, 2018 - In a recent letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, the AAFP called for the preservation of current emission, efficiency and technology standards.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181107epaletter.html

AAFP to HHS: Let Physicians Transform Their Practices

Nov 6, 2018 - In response to a request for information, the AAFP urged HHS' Office of Inspector General to confirm that any new CMS action would allow for physician collaboration and partnerships to improve care delivery and appropriate beneficiary incentives.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181106hhsoigltr.html

AAFP's Influence Clearly Visible in CMS' 2019 MPFS Final Rule

Nov 6, 2018 - CMS' 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule incorporates several key recommendations the Academy provided earlier this year in its comments to the agency.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181106mpfsfinalrule.html

AAFP Urges Modifications to CMS' Proposed ACO Rule

Oct 31, 2018 - The AAFP responded in writing to CMS with suggestions on how to improve its proposed rule on accountable care organizations.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181031acoltr.html

Advocacy Awards Spotlight Chapter Statehouse Wins

Oct 31, 2018 - The AAFP recognized four chapters with Leadership in State Government Advocacy Awards for success in advancing the interests of family medicine in state legislatures.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181031stateconfawards.html

AAFP Nudges ONC Toward EHR Interoperability

Oct 30, 2018 - The Academy has offered feedback to the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability, usability and certification testing.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181030oncltr.html

Medical Society Consortium Reacts to Climate Report, EPA Proposal

Oct 23, 2018 - The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, of which the AAFP is a founding member, echoed the alarm sounded in a recent report on climate change.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181023climate.html

AAFP to CMS: Ease Repayment Pressure on CPC+ Practices

Oct 17, 2018 - To ensure that innovation continues to be encouraged, the AAFP urged CMS to give participants more time to evaluate data before any incentive repayment comes due.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181017cpcplusltr.html

AAFP Supports CMS Move Toward Equitable Payment Rules

Sep 26, 2018 - The AAFP said CMS should finalize a policy proposal in its proposed rule on the 2019 outpatient prospective payment system that would reduce payment differences between sites of service and also suggested another way to fix Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180926oppscomment.html

New Federal Rule Recognizes FP Role in Treating Diabetes

Sep 24, 2018 - A long-sought rule change means family physicians can certify that commercial drivers who use insulin are able to stay behind the wheel.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180924cdlinsulin.html

AAFP Joins Opposition to Sweeping 'Public Charge' Change

Sep 24, 2018 - The AAFP and four other physician organizations warned that a proposed change to the so-called public charge rule would endanger patients and their communities, and increase costs to the health system and taxpayers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180924publicchargerule.html

Keep Cancer-fighting Tax on Tanning, Groups Tell Congress

Sep 14, 2018 - The AAFP is asking the House of Representatives to preserve a tax on indoor tanning -- and calling on Academy members to add their voices in support.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180914tanningtax.html

AAFP Digs In, Gives CMS Comprehensive Comments on MPFS

Sep 6, 2018 - The AAFP sent a 92-page letter to CMS with recommendations on how to improve the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule so it better supports family medicine.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180906mpfscomments.html

AAFP Pushes CMS to Clear 'Safe Harbors' in Stark Law

Sep 5, 2018 - The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter how the agency could change self-referral rules that unduly burden physicians who adopt innovative payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180905starkletter.html

Petition Demands Stop to Big Tobacco's Social Media Deception

Aug 27, 2018 - Teens use social media heavily -- and so do tobacco companies that want to reach U.S. kids, says a petition that the AAFP joined to ask the Federal Trade Commission to take action.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180827tobaccopetition.html

How Have Cuts in Lab Payments Affected You?

Aug 15, 2018 - The AAFP is asking family physicians to participate in a short survey that asks them to describe how cuts in point-of-care lab fees have impacted their practices.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180815pamasurvey.html

AAFP's Opioid Survey Seeks Powerful Firsthand Testimony

Aug 13, 2018 - The Academy is seeking member feedback regarding pain management and the opioid epidemic. Your response to a 10-minute survey will help support the AAFP's advocacy.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180813opioidsurvey.html

AAFP, Other Groups Demand HHS Stop Stalling on Regulations

Aug 9, 2018 - The AAFP and 13 other organizations recently pressed HHS to issue long-overdue regulations on information blocking related to the 21st Century Cures Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180809hhsblocking.html

Title X Change Would Threaten Evidence-based Care, AAFP Warns

Jul 30, 2018 - A proposed revision to Title X would force family physicians to withhold important information from patients, the AAFP recently told HHS.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180730titlex.html

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