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AAFP Statement to the Senate HELP Committee on Health Care Access and Underserved ...

...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 professionals...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/ST-SFRHELP-AccessUnderservedHearing-012919.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FCC on Telehealth in Rural America - January 31, 2018

...based on differing definitions of "rural," studies based on the demand to hire physicians by hospitals/physician groups, or based on the number of individuals per physician in a rural area, continue to indicate a need for additional physicians in rural areas. A balanced and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-FCC-RuralTelehealth-013118.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: AAFP Backgrounder: Graduate Medical Education Legislation in the ...

...mix of trained physicians. However, research has shown the need for a greater investment in primary care physicians. A 2019 JAMA Internal Medicine study found that every 10 additional primary care physicians per 100,000 population was associated with a 51.5-day increase in life...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-GME116thCongress.pdf

Letter to President re: prevention of mandatory reductions to Medicare payment rates ...

...The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the five organizations representing family medicine, we are writing to express our appreciation for your fiscal year 2012 budget request. We are grateful for your recognition of the need...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-President-Budget-030711.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on Policy for Certain Deemed Products - April 30, 2019

...The Draft Guidance correctly acknowledges the breadth of the current epidemic of e-cigarette use among American teens and attempts to take a number of positive steps to address the crisis. However, the Draft Guidance continues the suspension of statutorily-required premarket public...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-PublicHealthGroupsFDADraftGuidance-043019.pdf

AAFP Statement to the EandC Committee’s Hearing on Investing in America’s Health Care -...

...system. It is not limited to a single disease or condition and can be 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...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/ST-EC-InvestingAmericanHealthCare-060419.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS in Response to Part II of the 2019 Part C/D Call Letter - February ...

...steps among payers that contract with Medicare (e.g. MA and Part D plans) to improve the burdensome PA process: • Limiting and reducing the number of products and services requiring PA • Adopting a standardized form and process for PA among all payers • Requiring payers and pharmacy...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-PartII2019MA-PDP-022718.pdf

AAFP Letter to Energy and Commerce on Opiod Bill - April 22, 2016

On April 22, 2016, the AAFP wrote a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership to comment on several bills approved by the Subcommittee on Health on April 20 to help address the opioid and drug abuse crisis facing our nation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-EC-Opioid-042216.pdf

AAFP Letter to HCP LAN on Patient Attribution White Paper - March 2, 2016

This letter was sent by AAFP to HCP LAN supporting primary care patient attribution and most of the concepts in the draft white paper.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-PatientAttribution-030316.pdf

APC-APM for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Proposal to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee regarding the Advanced Primary Care: A Foundational Alternative Payment Model (APC-APM) for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/PR-PTAC-APC-APM-41417.pdf

AAFP Response to the Direct Contracting Geographic PBP Request for Information - May ...

...as part of final settlement with the DCE. DCEs would be given access to a notional account to track these expenditures. The AAFP offers a number of recommendations in response to CMS’ questions on how the agency can refine and implement a DC Geographic PBP model. Only questions for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMMI-DirectContracting-052019.pdf

AAFP Response to HHS on the Draft Benefit and Payment Perimeters for 2020 - February ...

...provided and the fact that the number and complexity of conditions, complaints, and diseases seen in family medicine is far greater than those seen by any other physician specialty. Ensuring access to affordable medications is an integral part of a family physician’s role as an...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-NoticeBenefitPaymentParameters2020-021919.pdf

Establishment of Separate Primary Care Codes

Letter to CMS Regarding the Establishment of Separate Primary Care Codes

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PrimaryCareCodes-032713.pdf

Coalition letter supporting FDA jurisdiction over nicotine delivery devices.

A detailed coalition letter of 24 health groups expressing support for the FDA to have full jurisdiction over all nicotine delivery devices.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-JT-FDA-ECigs-080814.pdf

AAFP Letter to the Department of Veterens Affairs CHAMPVA Proposed Rule - March 7, 2018

...prevention of disease are critical and foundational components of primary care and family medicine. The AAFP encourages all its members to practice evidence-based, cost-effective preventive medicine in the delivery of health care. In support of its members, the AAFP advocates for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-VA-CivilianHealthMedicalProgram-030718.pdf

Summary of 2014 final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

This summary of the final 2014 MPFS contains info on policy changes in 2014 including the creation of a chronic care management code and changes to the value-based payment modifier and PQRS.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/ES-SummaryMedicareFeeSchedule-120513.pdf

AAFP Comments on 2015 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The AAFP comment letter to CMS on the 2015 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-ProposedMPFS2015-082614.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the MSSP Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Proposed Rule -...

...likely to cause an impact on quality scores. The effects of a disaster also affect healthcare providers billing under the tax identification number (TIN) of the ACO, thereby disrupting routine operations related to participation in SSP and achievement of program goals. The AAFP...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-SSPExtremeUncontrollableCircumstance-021418.pdf

AAFP Response to the CLIA Proficiency Testing Proposed Rule - April 2, 2019

...on waived platforms increases. These waived tests require very little oversight and quality assurance, while impacting the care of large numbers of patients. From a PT provider perspective, it is not the accredited laboratory impacting high quality patient care, but CLIA- waived...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-CDC-Labs-040219.pdf

Proposed 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Letter to CMS on the Proposed 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2012Schedule-082911.pdf

Letter to Energy and Commerce on Teaching Helath Centers - February 19, 2015

In February, 2015 AAFP wrote Congressional leaders, urging them to continue funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. This program, funded in 2011 and set to expire in 2015, has increased the numbers of primary care physicians and dentists training to care ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-ENC-THC-021915.pdf

Letter to HELP Committee on Teaching Health Centers - February 19, 2015

In February, 2015 AAFP wrote Congressional leaders, urging them to continue funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. This program, funded in 2011 and set to expire in 2015, has increased the numbers of primary care physicians and dentists training to care ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-HELP-THC-021915.pdf

Affordable Health Choices Act Response Letter

Letter in Response to Senate HELP Committee Regarding the Affordable Health Choices Act

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-Senator-ResponseToHELPCommitteeHealthChoicesAct-062209.pdf

Affordable Health Choices Act

Letter in Response to Senate HELP Committee Regarding the Affordable Health Choices Act

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Senate-ChoicesAct-062209.pdf

America's Healthy Future Act Legislative Summary

Legislative Summary of the Senate Finance Committee's Bill, America's Healthy Future Act

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ES-LegislativeSummaryHealthyFutureAct-092209.pdf

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