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AAFP Gives CMS Pointed Advice About New Payment Models

Nov 22, 2017 - The AAFP recently offered CMS specific recommendations based on a set of guiding principles for payment models that improve care while reducing administrative burden and costs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171122cmsinnovation.html

CMS Resources Help Practice, Patients Transition to New Cards

Nov 20, 2017 - CMS is offering physicians free resources to help prepare patients for the new Medicare cards that are coming in April 2018.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171120medicarecards.html

AAFP Summarizes 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Nov 20, 2017 - Because few family physicians have time to read all 396 pages of the 2018 final Medicare physician fee schedule, the AAFP has released a four-page executive summary.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171120mpfssummary.html

State Actions Could Solve Prior Authorization Dilemma

Nov 7, 2017 - A speaker at the AAFP State Legislative Conference told family physicians about work intended to help them spend more time on patient care and less on prior authorizations.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171107priorauth.html

VA Proposed Rule Looks to Expand Telehealth Services

Nov 6, 2017 - In a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the AAFP gave qualified support to a limited exemption of telehealth services from state licensure and noted that veterans need better access to civilian physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171106vatelehealth.html

Congress Must Fund Prevention Campaigns, Say Panelists

Nov 2, 2017 - Prevention improves health, reduces costs and deserves more support from legislators, said speakers at a recent panel hosted by the National Coalition on Health Care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171102nchcprevention.html

AAFP Gives Guidance for HHS Strategic Plan Through 2022

Oct 30, 2017 - The AAFP told HHS that the agency's 2018-2022 strategic plan must emphasize the importance of easing the administrative burdens that get in the way of patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171030hhsstrategy.html

Bipartisan Approach to Health Care Bill Applauded by AAFP, Others

Oct 20, 2017 - The AAFP joined in praising a bipartisan proposal to improve the nation's health care law that included important recommendations from physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171020alexandermurray.html

AAFP Looks to Ease Looming Cuts to Office-based Lab Fees

Oct 20, 2017 - The AAFP recently told CMS that $670 million in pay cuts to office-based labs could force their closure and cause pronounced harm to patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171020labpayment.html

End New Exemptions for Women's Health Care, AAFP Urges

Oct 11, 2017 - The AAFP and other organizations warned that two new rules on coverage of women's preventive health care could dramatically increase costs and harm public health.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171011womenshealthltr.html

AAFP Leaders Seek Support for Primary Care on Capitol Hill

Oct 9, 2017 - AAFP leaders sat down with one legislator and several House and Senate staff members recently to discuss programs that are important to family medicine.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171009hillvisit.html

AAFP, Others Meet With Legislators to Improve Health Care Law

Oct 2, 2017 - The AAFP and other primary care groups went to Capitol Hill recently to urge legislators to work together on improving the nation's health care law.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171002hillvisit.html

Physicians Raise Alarm on Vital Health Program Funding

Sep 26, 2017 - Health programs that will lose funding without immediate action from Congress are vital building blocks for primary care in underserved areas, panelists said during a recent forum in Washington, D.C.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170926nchcforum.html

MedPAC Debates Expansion of Telehealth Payment

Sep 19, 2017 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed the effects that expanding payment for telehealth services could have on increased access and increased claims.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170919medpactelehealth.html

Groups Push for Deliberative Approach to Improving Health Law

Sep 18, 2017 - As the Senate considers a new proposal to repeal major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the AAFP and other physician organizations are voicing their strong opposition to efforts to rush it through the legislative process without due deliberation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170918grahamcassidy.html

AAFP, Other Groups Step Up Pressure to Extend CHIP Funding

Sep 11, 2017 - The AAFP and more than 130 other organizations are pressing Congress to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program before it expires on Sept. 30.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170911chipdeadline.html

AAFP Joins Call for HHS to Act on Information Blocking

Sep 8, 2017 - The AAFP signed on to a letter asking for clarity in a proposed rule to stop information blocking in health IT systems.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170908infoblocking.html

Lawmakers Ask How to Cut Medicare Red Tape; AAFP Answers

Sep 8, 2017 - The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health recently solicited input on ways to reduce some of the unnecessary legislative and regulatory demands that physicians face.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170908redtape.html

AAFP Lends Experienced Voice to 2018 Fee Schedule Proposal

Sep 6, 2017 - The AAFP has informed CMS what it likes and what needs to be changed in the proposed 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170906mpfsltr.html

Government and Medicine News

Nov 10, 2011 - Government and Medicine articles including federal government, state government, health policy, health legislation, and related stories.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine.html

Tell Congress to Act on Children's Health, Physician Payment

Aug 24, 2017 - Family physicians who visit legislators in their districts before those lawmakers return to Washington next month can rely on fact sheets the AAFP has tailored to each state.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170824statefacts.html

Physicians to Congress: Continue Funding Loan Repayment Program

Aug 4, 2017 - Funding for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program will expire Sept. 30 without legislative action, and the AAFP is helping members speak out.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170804nhsc.html

Need a Quick Review of Proposed 2018 Medicare Fee Schedule?

Jul 21, 2017 - The AAFP has created an executive summary of CMS' proposed 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule that focuses on the topics of greatest relevance to family medicine.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170721mpfssummary.html

How to Improve Consumer Health Care Choices, Empower Patients?

Jul 21, 2017 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP tackled questions regarding how to reduce burdens on consumers in individual and small-group insurance markets.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170721ACAburden.html

AAFP Recommends Bipartisan Fixes for Health Care System

Jul 18, 2017 - The AAFP is asking federal legislators to work together across the aisle to prioritize primary care, expand health care access and stabilize the health insurance market.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170718senateletter.html

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