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AAFP FY2017 Senate LHHSE Appropriations Testimony - April 15, 2016

On April 15, the AAFP submitted a written statement to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to invest in our nation’s primary care physician workforce in the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill to promote the efficient, effective delivery of patient-centered care by ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/title-vii/TS-FY2017-Senate-041516.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with Final Comments on the 2019 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee ...

...proposed four major changes to the Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service program that would have an immediate and measurable impact on family medicine. Those items are: 1. simplify payment by adopting a single payment rate for evaluation and management (E/M) codes for new patients...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2019ProposedMPFS-090618.pdf

AAFP Response to the 2020 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - September 18, 2019

...all beneficiaries-and in improving access to high-quality, comprehensive, and coordinated care, especially your efforts to support family medicine and primary care. We look forward to working with CMS on designing and implementing policies that support these shared goals through...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-2020ProposedMPFSComments-091819.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Regarding the 2018 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

...Family medicine plays a critical role in delivering care to patients in communities across the country. Family physicians are the most visited specialty-especially in underserved areas. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of all office visits in the United States....

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2018ProposedMPFS-083017.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on the 2018 Proposed Quality Payment Program Regulation

...Program proposed rule, published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the June 30, 2017, Federal Register. Family medicine plays a critical role in delivering care to patients in communities across the country. Family physicians are the most visited...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2018ProposedQPP-081817.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on a Flavored Tobacco Products Proposed Rule - July 19, 2018

...Journal of Preventive Medicine, published online January 9, 2017. 2 products with kids. The presence of flavors in these other tobacco products is an important reason why, despite the steep decline in youth cigarette smoking, youth usage of tobacco products...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-FlavoredTobaccoProducts-071918.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on a Potential Illicit Trade - July 16, 2018

...after Implementation of an FDA Product Standard. The document addresses the potential for development of an illicit market as a result of a number of different potential product standards, including but not limited to, those that would (1) impose a maximum level of nicotine in...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-IllicitTrade-071618.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on a Nicotine Standard Proposed Rule - July 16, 2018

...the standard. Making cigarettes minimally or non-addictive will prevent most kids from ever becoming regular smokers and will increase the number of smokers who make a quit attempt and successfully quit. The FDA estimates that this proposal would prevent more than 33 million youth...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-NicotineStandardProposedRule-071618.pdf

Retail Sales of E-cigarettes, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), ENDS ...

...a pipe, a hookah pipe, a cigar, or a cigarette of any kind. 3.30 United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Standards means the written standards for medicines, food ingredients, dietary supplement products and ingredients. These standards are used by regulatory agencies and manufacturers to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/model_legislation/public_health/Retail%20Sales%20of%20E-cigarettes,%20Electronic%20Nicotine%20Delivery%20Systems%20(ENDS),%20ENDS%20Paraphernalia%20and%20E-liquid,%20and%20the%20Manufacturing%20of%20E-Liquid%20Regulation.pdf

AAFP Letter to the CDC on Opioid Gudeline - January 13, 2016

AAFP letter to the CDC regarding Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-CDC-OpioidGuideline011516.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule with Comment Period -...

...final rule with comment period, and looks forward to being a resource and partner to CMS in achieving the goals of MACRA. About Family Medicine Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person. These residency-trained, primary care specialists provide a wide variety of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2018FinalQPP-121917.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on the 2018 Inpatient Proposed Rule

...that meets their needs. It should be noted that this will occur at a point when upgrading to 2015 Edition CEHRT could minimize the number of significant disruptions to patient care. As some members have begun the process of switching EHR systems, reports of information blocking...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-IPPSProposedRule-060817.pdf

Letter to the House on HHS Appropriations for FY2016 - June 17, 2015

On June 17, the AAFP sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education to express our serious concerns about the level of investment in our nation’s primary care physician workforce, the National Health Service Corps and the Centers for Medicare and ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/title-vii/LT-House-LaborApprop-061715.pdf

Joint Letter to the Senate Committee on Armed Services Regarding Tobacco Use in the ...

Joint letter on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 and concern over policy that would prohibit the military from limiting, restricting, or banning the sale of any legal consumer product currently sold at commissaries or exchanges.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-SEN-MilitaryTobacco-10-24-14.pdf

AAFP Letter Responding to the 2019 Part C and Part D Proposed Rule - January 16, 2018

...the patient’s initial consideration. Therefore, the AAFP believes that patients should be passively enrolled in plans with the same number of stars as their previous plan or more. In terms of measures, the AAFP believes only measures developed by the multi-stakeholder Core Quality...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2019MAPDP-011618.pdf

Letter to Biden re: recommendations on how to rebalance our health care system to ...

...the American Academy of Family Physicians, representing 100,300 family physicians, residents, and medical students nationwide, has a number of recommendations on how to rebalance our health care system to restrain costs that are adding to the federal deficit. The AAFP recognizes the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/title-vii/LT-BidenDeficitReductionPanel-062011.pdf

AAFP Statement to the Senate HELP Committee on its Healthy Communities Hearing - ...

...accessed in a variety of settings. Primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics) is provided and managed by a personal physician, based on a strong physician- patient relationship, and requires communication and coordination with other health...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/ST-SenateHELP-HealthyCommunitiesHearing-111517.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - 110916

...medicine and primary care, public and private payers cannot simply rely on fee-for-service (FFS) delivery system reforms. The AAFP called on CMS to fix problems with FFS and to make new investments in primary care to truly capture and realize the value proposition of family medicine...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-ES-PhysicianFee2017-111016.pdf

Primary Care for the 21st Century White Paper

...Family Medicine Patient-Centered Medical Home ii Table of Contents Our Primary Care System is Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 About the PCMH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Meeting the Country’s Need . . . . ....

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/Restricted/AAFP-PCMHWhitePaper.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Responding to the 2016 Part C and D Plan - March 5, 2015

AAFP response to the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year 2016 for Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2016 Call Letter

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MedicareCD-030515.pdf

Statement for the Record to the House Committee on Appropriations Concerning the Bill ...

...schools and residency programs have for decades helped to increase the number of physicians who select primary care specialties and work in underserved areas. A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine on the impact of Title VII training programs on community health center...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/TS-HouseAppropriations-2012Priorities-041511.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the Advance Call Letter for Part C and D Plans - March 3, 2017

...time-consuming pre-authorization requirements impede the practice of medicine. The AAFP suggests that CMS require Part D and Part C plans to pay physicians for prior authorizations that exceed a specified number or that are not resolved within a set period of time; prohibit repeated...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PartCD-03032017.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress on Site-Neutral Payment - February 11, 2016

AAFP response to Energy and Commerce Committee leaders who asked for feedback on the recently passed law requiring Medicare to pay physicians in outpatient departments newly acquired by hospitals at the same rate as physicians outside of the hospital.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-Con-SiteNeutral-021116.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on Premium Cigars - July 25, 2018

...Medicine 178(4):469-476, 2018 (finding exclusive cigar smokers had higher all-cause mortality risks than never tobacco users and had an elevated risk of dying from a tobacco-related cancer (including bladder, esophagus, Larynx, lung, oral cavity and pancreas). 5 (some of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-PremiumCigars-072518.pdf

Support of the PACT Act

Letter to Senator Kohl Regarding Support of the PACT Act

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Kohl-RegardingSupportofPACTAct-030510.pdf

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