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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

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

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

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

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

CMS Issues Proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Jul 17, 2017 - CMS has released proposed 2018 updates to the Medicare physician fee schedule and invited public comment on ways to reduce the administrative burden that physicians face.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170717mpfs.html

Broad Physician Coalition Pushes Senate for Better Health Legislation

Jul 14, 2017 - Leaders from the AAFP and five other national physician organizations went to Capitol Hill to emphasize the importance of expanded access to health insurance coverage.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170714senatevisits.html

AAFP Urges FDA to Revise Plans for Physician Opioid Education

Jul 12, 2017 - In a recent letter to the FDA, the AAFP spoke out strongly against mandatory one size fits all CME for prescribers of opioids.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170712opioidcme.html

MedPAC Recommends Simplifying MIPS Reporting

Jul 11, 2017 - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has proposed changing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System to include population data and reduce the reporting burden on physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170711medpac.html

AAFP, Other Physician Groups Press Senators to Rework Health Care Bill

Jul 3, 2017 - AAFP officers and other physician leaders visited Senate offices last week to voice their opposition to a health care bill that could jeopardize insurance coverage for millions of patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170703groupofsix.html

AAFP Joins House Members to Spark Burnout Awareness

Jun 27, 2017 - Amid growing concerns about physician burnout, one physician House member recently brought his medical colleagues together to raise awareness about the issue.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170627houseburnout.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

Engage With Your Senators on Health Care Legislation

Jun 20, 2017 - As senators work to fashion a health care bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), AAFP members can join a Speak Out campaign to preserve coverage gains made under the ACA.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170620senatespeakout.html

AAFP Pushes for Revisions, Easing of Regulatory Burden

Jun 16, 2017 - The AAFP's response to CMS' 2018 inpatient payment proposal covered a variety of topics important to family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170616ipps.html

CBO Projects Rising Demand for Primary Care Physicians

Jun 12, 2017 - A report from the Congressional Budget Office says legislators should consider ways to increase the number of primary care physicians to meet growing demand.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170612demandreport.html

AAFP Pleased With CMS Progress on Medicare ID Card Initiative

Jun 1, 2017 - CMS recently announced that it is on schedule to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare beneficiary ID cards by April 2019.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170601beneficiaryid.html

AAFP Highlights Flaws in Proposed Budget, Health Care Bill

May 30, 2017 - The AAFP is encouraging legislators to avoid action that will make it more difficult for family physicians to care for their patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170530budgetahca.html

Family Physicians Make Their Case in Capitol Hill Visits

May 30, 2017 - Family physicians visited with numerous members of Congress during a full day of advocacy as part of the 2017 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170530hillvisits.html

Analysts Urge Family Physicians to Speak Up on Health Legislation

May 25, 2017 - Health policy analysts said family physicians need to be engaged in advocacy now, while senators are considering major health care legislation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

http://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170525advocacysummit.html

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