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AAFP Takes Seat at MACRA Table on Capitol Hill

Apr 20, 2016 - AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., testified before a congressional subcommittee about physician preparedness for payment reform.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160420MACRAtestimony.html

FPs Storm Capitol Hill Armed With AAFP Advocacy Issues

Apr 27, 2016 - Family physicians recently flocked to Washington, D.C., to learn more about critical issues and then advocate on behalf of the specialty in legislative offices.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427fmcc.html

Diabetic Testing Supplies Rules, Efficacy Draw AAFP Concern

Apr 18, 2016 - The AAFP wrote to HHS about concerns with Medicare's burdensome requirements for prescribing diabetic supplies and with the efficacy of unbranded diabetic testing supplies.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160418diabeticsupplies.html

AAFP Urges More Federal Funding for Key Primary Care Programs

Apr 25, 2016 - With the 2017 budget season approaching, the AAFP is urging legislators to support federal programs that are essential to primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160425budgettestimony.html

AAFP Presses CMS on Contraception, Medicare Advantage Plans

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP recently made requests of CMS that were related to two resolutions adopted by the 2015 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427codletters.html

AAFP Joins Push for Obama to Expand FDA Tobacco Regulation

Apr 19, 2016 - The AAFP signed a letter urging President Obama to provide the leadership necessary to ensure the FDA has authority over all tobacco products.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160419fdadeeming.html

AAFP Backs Proposal for Substance Abuse Program Record Sharing

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP supports a proposal by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to modernize rules to share patient information from treatment programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160427samhsasharing.html

Rising Part D Drug Prices Adversely Affect Physicians, Patients

Apr 15, 2016 - The AAFP recently appealed to CMS to review and revise certain requirements associated with Medicare Part D plans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160415affordabledrugs.html

HHS Releases Final Version of National Pain Strategy

Mar 30, 2016 - The new National Pain Strategy from HHS outlines the federal government's first coordinated plan for reducing the burden of chronic pain in the United States.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160330painstrategy.html

MedPAC Continues Call for Greater Primary Care Support

Apr 12, 2016 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission renewed its call for greater support for primary care physicians in its latest annual report to Congress.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160412medpacreport.html

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Bills Intended to Curb Opioid Abuse

May 4, 2016 - Two House committees recently approved bills targeting prescription opioid abuse, and the AAFP has now weighed in on several of those measures.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160504opioidbills.html

Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule Requires Vigilance, Says Author

May 4, 2016 - Medicare's 60-day overpayment rule took effect on March 14, and an article in Family Practice Management tells physicians exactly what they need to know.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160504overpayrule.html

CMS Releases Medicaid Home Health Services Final Rule

Feb 9, 2016 - A final rule on Medicaid home health services includes a mandatory physician/patient face-to-face encounter.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160209facetoface.html

MedPAC Explores Expansion of Payment for Telemedicine

Mar 11, 2016 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed how telemedicine might deliver on its promise of expanded access and reduced costs at a recent meeting.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160311telemedicine.html

AAFP Warns Legislators About Bill to Speed Review of Mergers

Mar 29, 2016 - The Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act would limit the Federal Trade Commission's authority over mergers.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160329ftcmergers.html

Medical Liability Reform Bill Earns Backing of AAFP

Mar 22, 2016 - A bill introduced in Congress seeks to reduce the costs of medical liability by limiting non-economic damage awards and setting a three-year statute of limitations.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160322liabilityref.html

Senate Bill to Reduce Opioid Abuse Draws Bipartisan Support

Mar 9, 2016 - Legislation moving quickly through the Senate would help physicians identify patients who are seeking too many prescriptions.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160309opioidbill.html

AAFP Argues for Extended 90-day MU Reporting Period

Mar 18, 2016 - As the meaningful use program winds down, the AAFP is telling CMS it should maintain flexibility in the program's reporting requirements.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160318mu90days.html

AAFP Forces CMS Focus Back to Primary Care Value

Mar 10, 2016 - AAFP has responded to CMS' quality measure development plan and told the agency to focus on the value of primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160310qualitymeasure.html

AAFP Leaders Push Family Medicine Issues on Capitol Hill

Mar 1, 2016 - AAFP leaders visited Capitol Hill last week to consult with legislators about major issues that are affecting family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160301hillvisits.html

AAFP Fights to Make Payment System Favorable for FPs

Feb 29, 2016 - The AAFP has responded to a request for information from CMS on payment system questions related to episodes of care and resource use measurement.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160229rfiepisodes.html

$4.2 Million in Federal Grants Open to Rural Physicians

Feb 15, 2016 - Rural family physicians in public or nonprofit settings can apply for a portion of federal grant money totaling nearly $4.2 million annually for three years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160215ruralfunding.html

Final CMS Overpayment Rule Rankles AAFP President

Feb 18, 2016 - CMS has released a final rule requiring physicians to self-audit and self-report Medicare payment errors dating back six years.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160218finalruleoverpayment.html

AAFP to Congress: Expand Site-neutral Physician Payment

Feb 16, 2016 - The AAFP is urging legislators to expand pay equity for physicians regardless of whether they work in hospital outpatient settings or stand-alone offices.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160216payequality.html

Senate Committee OKs Bill to Make Health IT More Useful

Feb 10, 2016 - The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has approved a bill meant to address some of the headaches caused by clumsy health IT systems.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160210hitbill.html

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