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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

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