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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

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

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

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

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