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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

AAFP's Opioid Survey Seeks Powerful Firsthand Testimony

Aug 13, 2018 - The Academy is seeking member feedback regarding pain management and the opioid epidemic. Your response to a 10-minute survey will help support the AAFP's advocacy.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180813opioidsurvey.html

AAFP, Other Groups Demand HHS Stop Stalling on Regulations

Aug 9, 2018 - The AAFP and 13 other organizations recently pressed HHS to issue long-overdue regulations on information blocking related to the 21st Century Cures Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180809hhsblocking.html

Title X Change Would Threaten Evidence-based Care, AAFP Warns

Jul 30, 2018 - A proposed revision to Title X would force family physicians to withhold important information from patients, the AAFP recently told HHS.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180730titlex.html

AAFP Joins Push for Tough FDA Stance on Black Market Tobacco

Jul 26, 2018 - Bootlegged cigarettes are only part of the illicit tobacco picture, according to a July 16 letter the AAFP and other stakeholder groups sent to the FDA.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180726illicittobacco.html

AAFP Calls for Wide-ranging Approach to Lowering Drug Prices

Jul 24, 2018 - The AAFP offered multiple suggestions, as well as some cautionary advice, in response to an HHS request for information on ways to lower drug prices.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180724hhsdrugsltr.html

AAFP Issues Summary of Proposed 2019 Medicare Fee Schedule

Jul 24, 2018 - The AAFP has created a two-page summary of CMS' proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. The summary is a precursor to a much lengthier and detailed formal comment letter the AAFP will submit by the agency's Sept. 10 deadline.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180724mpfssumm.html

CMS Releases Planned Changes for 2019 Medicare Payments

Jul 13, 2018 - CMS has released its 2019 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule and has included proposed rules for the Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180713mpfsqpp.html

Physician Groups Urge CMS to Rethink Risk Payment Suspension

Jul 12, 2018 - The AAFP and five other physician organizations are asking CMS to reconsider a decision to stop $10.4 billion in risk-adjustment payments to health insurers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180712riskadj.html

MMWR Report: Fewer Youth Say They Use Tobacco Products

Jul 3, 2018 - A new report from the CDC and FDA found that although fewer high school and middle school students overall used any tobacco product in 2017 compared to 2011, e-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among those who did use such products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180703tobaccosurvey.html

AAFP Urges Quick Reunification of Families Separated at Border

Jul 3, 2018 - The AAFP recently called on the administration to quickly reunite families that have been separated at the border and to ensure that those still in custody receive appropriate health care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180703familyseparation.html

AHRQ: National Guideline Clearinghouse to Shut Down July 16

Jun 27, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has announced that, because of federal budget cuts, its National Guideline Clearinghouse website will no longer be updated with new content as of July 2, 2018, and will not be available at all after July 16.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180627guidelineclearinghouse.html

AAFP Voices Support for FDA Tobacco Regulation

Jun 26, 2018 - On June 20, the AAFP sent the FDA letters stating the Academy's position on three separate tobacco-related issues: the use of flavors in tobacco products, premium cigars and nicotine levels in cigarettes.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180626fdaletters.html

AAFP, Other Groups File Amicus Brief in Texas v. U.S.

Jun 21, 2018 - The AAFP and other medical groups have filed an amicus brief supporting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a lawsuit that seeks to declare the ACA unconstitutional.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180621amicusbrief.html

AAFP Scores Win as CMS Activates Medicare ID Look-up Tool

Jun 19, 2018 - The AAFP was successful in its recent efforts to persuade CMS to create a look-up tool for patients' Medicare Beneficiary Identifier numbers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180619mbilookup.html

Medical Groups Urge DOJ to Defend Key ACA Provisions

Jun 13, 2018 - The AAFP and five other organizations urged the Department of Justice to argue against a challenge to a key part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180613texasaca.html

CMS Considers New Direct Provider Contracting Model

Jun 11, 2018 - The AAFP took advantage of CMS' request for information on a proposed new payment model to highlight the benefits of direct primary care and the Academy's own alternative payment model.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180611dpcrfi.html

Organizations: Apply for NHSC Assignments by June 20

Jun 7, 2018 - The deadline is approaching for health care organizations to request a priority listing for assignment of National Health Service Corps scholarship program participants for 2018-2019.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180607nhsc.html

FPs Speak to Legislators About Fixing Health Care System

May 30, 2018 - More than 225 family physicians from across the country gathered for the 2018 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit May 21-22 to learn from experts how to work with legislators on wins that improve their practices and their patients' lives.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180530fmas.html

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