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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

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

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

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

AAFP to FCC: Improve Rural Telehealth to Support Primary Care

Feb 5, 2018 - The AAFP has responded to a proposed rule on rural telehealth from the Federal Communications Commission by offering suggestions for supporting physicians and improving patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180205ruraltelehealth.html

AAFP Steers HHS on Protecting Patient Choice in Health Care

Feb 2, 2018 - Family physicians focus on providing necessary care to patients, but ongoing consolidation in health care is limiting basic access, a point the AAFP recently reiterated to HHS.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180202hhschoiceltr.html

Keep Tabs on CMS Initiative to Reduce Paperwork

Jan 25, 2018 - CMS recently launched an online newsletter to keep physicians informed about its new Patients Over Paperwork initiative.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180125popnewsletter.html

MedPAC Recommends Replacing MIPS With New Proposal

Jan 22, 2018 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently proposed a replacement for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that it contends would be less burdensome and more effective.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180122medpacmips.html

AAFP Steers CMS on Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage

Jan 17, 2018 - The AAFP recently gave CMS detailed suggestions on how the agency could improve a proposed rule covering the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Benefit programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180117medicarecomment.html

Key Health Programs Need Funding Now, AAFP Tells Congress

Jan 17, 2018 - The AAFP is keeping pressure on Congress to quickly reauthorize long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and three other vital health programs..

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180117reauthorize.html

Health Care Must Be Priority for Congress in New Year, Says AAFP

Dec 22, 2017 - Legislators must work on stabilizing and improving the health care system when they return to Washington, the AAFP and other medical organizations said.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171222congressnewyear.html

Word Ban Harms CDC Work to Protect Public Health, AAFP Warns

Dec 16, 2017 - Restricting precise communication for political purposes will make it more difficult to protect the public health, the AAFP warned the administration.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171216cdcterms.html

Protect Health Care in Tax Reform Bill, Coalition Cautions

Dec 12, 2017 - Physician organizations warned Congress that tax legislation being considered could reduce access to care and increase costs for patients and medical students.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171212taxreform.html

New Law Requires VA to Participate in State PDMPs

Dec 7, 2017 - A law that passed with bipartisan support requires the Veterans Health Administration to use prescription drug monitoring programs as a tool to combat opioid misuse.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171207vapdmp.html

AAFP to Senate Committee: Primary Care Key to Public Health

Dec 4, 2017 - The AAFP recently outlined its major priorities for improving public health in a detailed statement to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171204senatestatement.html

Don't Sacrifice Health Care to Tax Cuts, AAFP Warns Congress

Dec 1, 2017 - No tax changes should come at the expense of patient care, but legislation under consideration could bring 4 percent cuts in Medicare payments and reduce access.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171201taxbill.html

AAFP Renews Fight for Women's Preventive Health Coverage

Nov 30, 2017 - The AAFP recently urged CMS to withdraw two interim final rules that would inhibit women's access to preventive health services, including contraception.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171130womenspreventive.html

CMS Health Benefits Proposal Raises Red Flags for AAFP

Nov 29, 2017 - The AAFP recently voiced concerns about CMS' proposed rule on payment and benefit parameters for marketplace plans beginning in 2019.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171129marketplaceltr.html

New CMS Initiatives Tackle Two AAFP Hot Button Issues

Nov 29, 2017 - CMS' Meaningful Measures and Patients Over Paperwork initiatives address the ineffective quality measures and overwhelming paperwork that the AAFP has long battled.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20171129meaningfulmeasures.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

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

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

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

CMS Resources Help Practices, 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

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

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