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Legislators Named First Congressional Primary Care Champions

May 25, 2018 - Founders of the bipartisan Primary Care Caucus were honored for advocating on behalf of primary care physicians, providers and patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180525championawards.html

AAFP Joins Support for Less Nicotine in Cigarettes

May 25, 2018 - The AAFP has joined more than 40 public health and medical associations in support of a proposed update to the FDA's cigarette product standards.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180525nicotinelevels.html

AAFP Urges Swift Passage of Primary Care Patient Protection Act

May 23, 2018 - The AAFP called on Congress to pass the Primary Care Patient Protection Act, which would make it easier for patients with high-deductible health plans to see their primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180523pcppa.html

AAFP Fights for Patient Access to Covered Medicaid Services

May 21, 2018 - The AAFP stands against a proposed rule that would amend the state documentation process on Medicaid fee-for-service payments and their effect on patient access.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180521medicaidaccess.html

New CMS Strategy Aims to Benefit Small-town America

May 15, 2018 - CMS announced a new strategy intended to ensure that the 60 million people who live in rural areas of the United States have the same access to affordable, high-quality health care as the rest of the country.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180515cmsrural.html

Preserve Clean Power Plan to Protect Health, AAFP Urges

May 9, 2018 - A proposal to roll back regulations on carbon emissions from power plants would harm the health of high-risk populations, the AAFP recently warned the Environmental Protection Agency.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180509cleanpower.html

FPs Flock to Mics to Voice Concerns to CMS Representative

May 4, 2018 - An early morning breakfast at the AAFP's 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders that was billed as an update from CMS on the Quality Payment Program turned into something quite different -- and far more meaningful.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180504cmslistening.html

AAFP Offers Solutions to Ease E/M Documentation Burdens

Apr 27, 2018 - The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180427burdensletter.html

Don't Loosen Short-term Insurance Rules, AAFP Warns HHS

Apr 23, 2018 - A proposal to expand the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance would hurt enrollees and destabilize the insurance market, the AAFP told HHS.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180423shorttermins.html

Budget Bill Addresses Important Primary Care Priorities

Mar 27, 2018 - The budget bill that Congress passed and President Trump signed March 23 funds important primary care initiatives, but leaves one important patient need unsettled.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180327budgetbill.html

State Bill to Expand PAs' Scope Pulled After AAFP Warning

Mar 26, 2018 - Tennessee legislators withdrew a proposal to allow some physician assistants greater authority after the AAFP pointed out the grave danger such a move would pose for patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180326dmsscope.html

AAFP Urges Improvements to Fledgling Patient Data Initiative

Mar 22, 2018 - The AAFP made detailed suggestions to improve CMS' recently announced initiative to improve patients' access to and control of their electronic health data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180322myhealthedata.html

AAFP Advises VA on Proposed Rules to Expand Patient Access

Mar 20, 2018 - The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180320vapayment.html

AAFP, Missouri Chapter Warn State About Opioids Overreach

Mar 15, 2018 - By treating voluntary recommendations based partly on insufficient evidence as a firm rule, state officials are undermining physicians and may harm patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180315missouriopioids.html

AAFP Joins Call for Congress to Reduce Health Care Costs

Mar 14, 2018 - Congress needs to act soon to reduce health care costs for those who buy their own insurance, the AAFP and several other organizations told legislators recently.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180314stabilizationltr.html

AAFP Warns Against Expanding Association Health Plans

Mar 7, 2018 - The AAFP recently cautioned the Department of Labor that a proposed rule could lead to more health plans that provide fewer benefits at higher costs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180307assocplans.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Prior Authorizations, Opioid Epidemic

Mar 7, 2018 - The AAFP recently made recommendations to CMS on how to address specific issues with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180307medicareadv.html

Fix Physician Payment to Stem Opioid Epidemic, Says AAFP

Feb 27, 2018 - A starting point for addressing the nation's opioid misuse epidemic would be to ensure physicians can spend enough time with patients and are compensated appropriately, the AAFP recently told a Senate committee.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180227senateopioid.html

AAFP Advises ONC, Continues Fight for Interoperability

Feb 23, 2018 - The AAFP recently offered suggestions to the federal government on a draft document that lays out a plan to prioritize nationwide health IT interoperability.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180223oncletter.html

AAFP, Chapters Caution HHS on Changing Medicaid Eligibility

Feb 22, 2018 - The AAFP is assisting chapters that want to communicate with HHS or their state governments about proposals to impose work requirements on some Medicaid beneficiaries.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180222medicaidwaivers.html

2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Impact ACOs' Ability to Succeed

Feb 20, 2018 - The AAFP has asked for changes to a CMS interim final rule regarding 2017 disasters and accountable care organization policies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180220msspdisaster.html

Federal Budget Deal Brings Wins for Family Medicine

Feb 13, 2018 - The Bipartisan Budget Act brings needed support for many AAFP priorities that will help family physicians and the nearly 200 million patients they care for.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180213federalbudget.html

AAFP Webinar Maps State Primary Care Spending Success

Feb 13, 2018 - A webinar on Feb. 21 will highlight state-level increases in primary care spending and offer tools to help spur similar success in more states.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180213advwebinar.html

Time to Register, Reactivate Open Payments Account

Feb 12, 2018 - Physicians and teaching hospitals can submit data to CMS' Open Payments system until March 31; beginning in April, they can preview data others have entered about them.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180212openpayregister.html

AAFP Outlines Steps to Reduce Administrative Burden

Feb 9, 2018 - The AAFP recently laid out concrete solutions to the problem of administrative burden in a letter to two federal agencies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180209burdenletter.html

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