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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

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

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

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