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'Physician Compare' Website: Keep It Current, Keep It Accurate, Academy Tells CMS

Jan 18, 2011 - The AAFP has called on CMS to ensure that the information provided on its new Physician Compare website, which was established according to provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is accurate and up-to-date.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/201118physiciancompare.html

'Repeal the SGR' Is Leaders' Mantra on Capitol Hill

Mar 21, 2014 - Advocates often say that when you want to get legislation passed, you need a unified group carrying a single message. That is the mantra AAFP leaders recently brought to Washington regarding Medicare physician payment.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140321sgrcaphillvisit.html

'Solid Investments in Primary Care Workforce' Needed, AAFP Member Tells Congressional ...

Apr 26, 2013 - Congress could alleviate the nation's growing shortage of primary care physicians by making a greater investment in primary care training programs and taking steps to ensure that more medical school and residency training takes place outside of hospitals and in the community. That was ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130426rusttestimony.html

$149 Million in HRSA Grants Highlight Primary Care Workforce Needs

Jul 27, 2016 - Health Resources and Services Administration grants totaling $149 million are intended to shore up primary care training and address key workforce needs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160727hrsagrants.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

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

40-Mile Rule Gives More Veterans Access to Non-VA Docs

Mar 25, 2015 - About twice as many military veterans will be eligible to see a physician who is not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under a new standard for measuring the distance from a veteran's home to the nearest VA facility.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150325varule.html

90-day Premium Extension Rule Puts Too Much Risk on Physicians, Say AAFP, Others

Mar 26, 2014 - As millions of Americans obtain insurance through the state and federal marketplaces, the AAFP and other members of the physician community are asking insurance companies to assume greater risk for payment of medical services for newly insured patients who are behind on their premiums.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140326cmsgraceperiod.html

AAFP Adds Support to Bills Easing Access to OTC Drugs

Feb 1, 2017 - The AAFP signed on to letters supporting action to allow use of health savings accounts and flexible spending arrangements to purchase OTC drugs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170201otcbill.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Making Value-based Model Work for FPs

Jun 5, 2019 - The AAFP responded to a CMS request for information with suggestions on refining one of the five new payment models the agency announced this spring.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190605geopbp.html

AAFP Advises CMS on Prior Authorizations, Opioid Epidemic

Mar 7, 2018 - The AAFP recently made recommendations to CMS on how to address specific issues with Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180307medicareadv.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

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

AAFP Advises Lawmakers on Funding to Improve Primary Care

Apr 3, 2019 - In written testimony to Congress, the AAFP recommended robust funding for a number of federal programs that are crucial to enhancing primary care's role in protecting health and preventing chronic illness nationwide.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190403budgettestimony.html

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 Advises VA on Proposed Rules to Expand Patient Access

Mar 20, 2018 - The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180320vapayment.html

AAFP Advocates for State Primary Care Spending Bills

Apr 24, 2019 - The AAFP and state chapters are championing bills that would recognize the crucial role of primary care in ensuring patients' health.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190424statespending.html

AAFP Again Takes Aim at Outpatient Prospective Payment System

Jan 12, 2017 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP again took advantage of the opportunity to outline changes the agency should make to the outpatient prospective payment system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170112opps.html

AAFP Applauds Appointment of Donald Berwick as New CMS Administrator

Jul 7, 2010 - The AAFP has praised the appointment of Donald Berwick, M.D., as the new administrator of CMS, saying in a prepared statement that Berwick's medical expertise and commitment to ensuring high quality care for all will serve America well as CMS implements the reforms in the Patient ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20100707berwickappointed.html

AAFP Applauds Background Check Bill That Wins Swift Passage

Mar 1, 2019 - The Academy voiced support for a House bill strengthening background checks for firearm sales, which the AAFP called common-sense legislation.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190301bkgrndchecks.html

AAFP Applauds Bill to Ease Direct Primary Care Payment

Jan 24, 2017 - Federal lawmakers who are aware of the growing interest in the direct primary care model have again introduced legislation supporting its expansion.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170124dpcbill.html

AAFP Applauds FDA Move on E-cigarette Flavors, Menthol

Nov 19, 2018 - The AAFP recently hailed an FDA move toward restricting the sale of most flavored e-cigarette products and banning menthol in combustible cigarettes.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181119fdamenthol.html

AAFP Applauds GME Senate Bill Aimed at Rural Shortages

Feb 14, 2019 - The AAFP has signaled its strong support for the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2019, saying it would alleviate physician shortages in rural communities.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190214ruralworkforceact.html

AAFP Applauds Senate Confirmation of Sylvia Burwell to Lead HHS

Jun 6, 2014 - On June 5, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sylvia Burwell as the country's new HHS secretary by a vote of 78 to 17. Burwell will step down as director of the Office of Management and Budget, where she has served since April 24, 2013.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140606burwellconfirm.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

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

AAFP Asks Members to Call on Congress to Pass Health Care Reform

Feb 8, 2010 - The AAFP once again is rallying support for enactment of comprehensive health care reform legislation by asking its members to send a message about the need for health care reform directly to Congress.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20100208reform-act-alert.html

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