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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

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

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

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

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

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