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AAFP Blasts ONC's Final EHR Interoperability Road Map

Oct 12, 2015 - AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., recently told the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that its final interoperability road map falls short of achieving that critical goal.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151012oncroadmap.html

AAFP Blasts VA Decision Granting APRNs Full Practice Authority

Dec 16, 2016 - The AAFP slammed a final rule issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs that grants advanced practice registered nurses independent practice authority.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161216vaaprns.html

AAFP Board Accepts Recommendations on Continuing Certification

May 8, 2018 - The AAFP Board recently approved recommendations by the Academy's task force on continuing board certification. John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that the recommendations include providing guidance on how to evaluate alternative certifying organizations.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180508lv-boardcert.html

AAFP Board Affirms, Adopts Code to Regulate Business Interactions

Apr 21, 2010 - The AAFP Board of Directors has adopted as official Academy policy a new code of standards for working with for-profit companies in the health care sector. The voluntary CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies, which was developed by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, or ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100421cmsscode.html

AAFP Board Approves Applications of New Member Interest Groups

Aug 6, 2014 - At its July meeting, the AAFP Board of Directors formally approved the applications four new member interest groups; a fifth group was able to make the transition with no approval needed.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140806memintgrps.html

AAFP Board Approves Appointment of Student Chair for 2012 Conference

Oct 12, 2011 - Due to unforeseen circumstances, a replacement has been named for the position of student chair of the 2012 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20111012studentchair.html

AAFP Board Chair Calls for White House, Congressional Action on Key Issues

Dec 12, 2012 - The AAFP is urging Congress and the White House to protect and preserve the nation's primary care infrastructure during the current budget negotiating process by acting on five core principles that are vital to the current and future viability of primary care and family medicine.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20121212legispriorities.html

AAFP Board Chair Pushes Back on Translator Costs in Proposed Rule

Nov 13, 2015 - The AAFP told HHS in a recent letter regarding a proposed rule that the government must provide funding for interpreter services or drop the mandate.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151113interpreters.html

AAFP Board Chair Speaks Up at White House Event on Supporting Military Families' Health

Mar 30, 2011 - Although increasing numbers of veterans who have seen active combat and their family members are seeking health care, there is a gap in knowledge among physicians and other health care providers about how to treat members of the military and their families, according to AAFP Board Chair...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20110330militaryfamilies.html

AAFP Board Chair Spotlights Breadth of Family Medicine Training in Letters to CMS

Aug 23, 2011 - The AAFP took full advantage of a teachable moment recently, when AAFP Board Chair Lori Heim, M.D., of Vass, N.C., reminded CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., that the breadth of family medicine training includes screening, diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental health ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20110823cms-depression-alcohol.html

AAFP Board Revises Retail Health Clinic Policy

Feb 24, 2010 - The AAFP Board of Directors has revised its official policy on retail health clinics to reflect the Academy's opposition to a growing expansion of scope of services provided by many such clinics.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100224retail-policy.html

AAFP Board Takes Tough Stand on Retail Clinics

Jul 31, 2015 - Armed with a newly minted set of characteristics governing how retail clinics nationwide should approach the provision of health care, the AAFP is set to enter into discussions with any and all such companies about future opportunities to collaborate for the good of patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150731retailclinics.html

AAFP Bringing Proposed Bylaws Revisions Before Congress of Delegates

Jul 19, 2012 - The Academy has announced that it is planning on bringing a draft version of proposed AAFP Bylaws revisions to the Congress of Delegates meeting in Philadelphia, Oct. 15-17, for review and approval. The AAFP Board Chair appointed the AAFP Task Force on Bylaws Revision in 2009, and ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20120719bylawsrevision.html

AAFP Calls for 'All-Hands-on-Deck' Effort to End Opioid Crisis

Sep 7, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote to HHS in response to the agency's request for information about prescriber education and training to prevent opioid overdose and opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907hhsopioidrfi.html

AAFP Calls for 'Robust Investment' in Primary Care Physician Workforce

Apr 20, 2011 - Federal investment in health care is necessary to transform health care to achieve optimal, cost-efficient health for everyone, said the AAFP in recent written testimony to the House Appropriations Committee.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20110420approptestimony.html

AAFP Calls for Banning Menthol in Tobacco Products

Aug 14, 2013 - The AAFP is urging the FDA to ban the use of menthol in cigarettes and other tobacco products, saying in an Aug. 7 comment letter to the agency that menthol is a flavoring agent that encourages tobacco use. In response to a potential FDA regulation on the use of menthol in cigarettes, ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130814mentholltr.html

AAFP Calls for Careful Study of Medical Marijuana Use, Gun Violence

Oct 1, 2014 - In new clinical policy, the AAFP says decisions about medical marijuana use should be based on rigorous research. The Academy also has come out in support of OTC access to oral contraception. Regarding firearms safety, the AAFP is calling for more study of gun violence as a public ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141001policyrndup.html

AAFP Calls for Caution in Teleheath Bill's Language

Sep 6, 2016 - The AAFP applauded adding a telehealth benefit to TRICARE, but warned against inadvertently undermining the current system of state medical licensure.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160906tricaretelehealth.html

AAFP Calls for CCM Coverage, Solid Networks, Standardized Directories

Mar 9, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP asked for assurance that Medicare Advantage plans would cover the new chronic care management code and urged standardization of provider directories.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150309cmsltrmedadvantage.html

AAFP Calls for Changes in Preventive Services Coverage Rule

Oct 5, 2010 - The AAFP has raised concerns about various parts of an interim final rule that addresses coverage of preventive services under the recently enacted health care reform law. In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Department Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Department ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20101005preventservltr.html

AAFP Calls for End to Ban on Gun Violence Research

Dec 11, 2015 - The AAFP wrote to House and Senate leaders this week, calling for an elimination of the ban on federal funding for objective, scientific research on gun violence.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151211gunresearchltr.html

AAFP Calls for Further Changes to QPP Interim Final Rule

Dec 21, 2017 - The AAFP has again provided comments to CMS to ensure that the Quality Payment Program's implementation rules are favorable to family physicians.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171221qppcomment.html

AAFP Calls for Greater Clarity in Proposed Antitrust Statement for ACOs

Jun 8, 2011 - The AAFP has called on two federal agencies to clarify and change certain provisions of a proposed antitrust statement on accountable care organizations, or ACOs, to help ease antitrust challenges family physicians and other primary care physicians face when trying to form ACOs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20110608antitrustletter.html

AAFP Calls for Improvements in Valuation of Global Surgical Package Codes

Mar 6, 2013 - The AAFP is urging CMS to adopt measures that would more fairly and accurately assess the valuation of its global surgical package, saying in a recent letter that the agency needs to conduct a more comprehensive review process to assess whether the valuation of global surgical packages ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130306globalsurgltr.html

AAFP Calls for Revisions in Proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

Aug 24, 2016 - The AAFP is commending the 2017 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for valuing primary care but has also called for many revisions to the proposal.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160824feeschedule.html

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