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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

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