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AAFP Letter to the NAIC Urging Continuation of Telehealth Flexibility - July 9, 2020

...July 9, 2020 Commissioner Farmer President National Association of Insurance Commissioners 444 North Capitol Street NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20001 Dear Commissioner Farmer, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-NAIC-TelehealthFlexibility-070920.pdf

AAFP Letter supporting Telehealth Expansion Act - July 22, 2020

...July 22, 2020 The Honorable Ron Wyden U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Wyden: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 136,700 family physicians and medical students across the country, I write to share our organization’s support for...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-Wyden-TelehealthExpansionAct-072220.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Prior Authorization

...PRIOR AUTHORIZATION AND STEP THERAPY AAFP Recommendation The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) calls on prior authorizations to be standardized and universally electronic to promote efficiency and reduce physician administrative complexity. The manual, time-consuming...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/BKG-PriorAuthorization.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder - Maintenance of Certification

...MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION Background Board certification is a voluntary process administered by specialty boards under the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and acts as an indicator of physician quality and safety in a specialty medical field. Previously, many board...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/BKG-MOC.pdf

AAFP Statement - Health Insurance Companies Need to Expand Coverage and Payment of ...

...AAFP Calls on Health Insurance Companies to Expand Coverage and Payment of Telehealth, Virtual Check-ins and E-visits The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) calls on Congress to require that all health insurance plans, including employer-sponsored plans regulated by the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/ST-TelemedicineVirtualCareCoveragePayment-031720.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Supporting the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of...

...September 9, 2019 Dear Members of Congress: The undersigned patient, physician, health care professional, and other health care stakeholder organizations strongly support the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107) recently introduced...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-Congress-HR3107SignOn-090919.pdf

AAFP Letter to FDA on REMS Flexibility for Telehealth Care - March 25, 2020

...March 25, 2020 Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Avenue NW Silver Spring, MD 20993 Re: Docket Number: FDA-2008-D-1106 Dear Commissioner Hahn: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents 134,600...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-FDA-REMSFlexibility-032520.pdf

AAFP Testimony to House Small Business Committee on Prior Authorization- September 11, ...

...Statement of the American Academy of Family Physicians By John S. Cullen, MD, FAAFP President American Academy of Family Physicians To U.S. House Small Business Committee Hearing - Utilization Management: Barriers to Care and Burdens on Small Medical Practices...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/TS-HouseSmallBusinessCommittee-PriorAuth-091119.pdf

Joint Letter to the House Ways and Means Leadership on Surprise Billing - February 7, 2019

...February 7, 2019 The Honorable Richard E. Neal Chairman Committee on Ways and Means 1102 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Kevin P. Brady Ranking Member Committee on Ways and Means 1139E Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-WaysMeans-SurpriseBilling-020719.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Pharmacy Gag Clauses

...PHARMACY GAG CLAUSES AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports a variety of measures to increase transparency and promote affordability of critical medications. The AAFP recognizes the potential of affordable generic medications as a cost-effective...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/health/BKG-PharmacyGagClauses.pdf

Joint Letter in Support of COVID-19 Liability Reforms- May 27, 2020

...May 27, 2020 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: The undersigned organizations urge you to quickly enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These crucial protections should safeguard businesses, non-profit...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/LT-Congress-LiabilityProtectionsCOVID19-052720.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder - Drug Pricing and Transparency

...DRUG PRICING AND TRANSPARENCY AAFP Position The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) advocates for legislation ensuring the availability of effective, safe and affordable medications through policies that provide governmental authority to promote competition and...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/transparency/BKG-PharmaceuticalPricingTransparency.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Medical Liability

...MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM Recommendation The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes the trust that patients invest into their relationships with their family physicians. Medical liability laws exist to allow patients to seek recompense when physicians or other...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/BKG-MedicalLiability.pdf

Joint Federation Letter in Support of COVID Liability Reforms - June 9, 2020

...June 9, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker of the House of Representatives Senate Majority Leader U.S. Capitol Building, H-222 U.S. Capitol Building, S-230 Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Charles...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/LT-Congress-COVIDLiabilityProtections-060920.pdf

AAFP Summary of the 2020 final Outpatient Perspective Payment System - November 6, 2019

...AAFP Summary of key provisions in the 2020 Final Outpatient Prospective Payment System On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule with comment period titled Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/transparency/ES-2020FinalOPPS-110619.pdf

AAFP Congressional Primary Care Caucus

...Congressional Primary Care Caucus Background The AAFP believes that this bipartisan caucus will make great strides in educating legislators, staff, and the public on primary care issues, experiences, and concerns such as: • Information Congress needs to know about what...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/misc/BKG-CongressionalPrimaryCareCaucus.pdf

AAFP FAQ on All-Payer Claims Database (APCD)

...What is an All-Payer Claims Database (APCD)? APCDs are statewide health insurance claims data repositories. They are used to collect health insurance claims information from the vast majority of health care payers in a state. Once collected, the data may be released to organizations for...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/APCD-FAQ.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Primary Care Spend

...PRIMARY CARE SPEND What is Primary Care? Primary care is the essential foundation of a successful, sustainable health care system and is provided by physicians specifically trained for and skilled in comprehensive first contact and continuing care for persons with any undiagnosed...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/BKG-PrimaryCareSpend.pdf

AAFP Letter in Response to OIG on Anti-Kickback Issues - December 27, 2019

...December 27, 2019 Joanne M. Chiedi, Acting Inspector General Office of Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services Attention: OIG-0936-AA10-P Room 5521, Cohen Building 330 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201 Dear Acting Inspector General Chiedi: On behalf of the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-OIG-SafeHarborsAntiKickback-122719.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on MSSP/ACO Proposed Rule - October 15, 2018

...October 15, 2018 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1701-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-ACO-MSSP-101518.pdf

AAFP Letter in Response to CMS on Physician Self-Referral Regulations - December 27, 2019

...December 27, 2019 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201 Dear Administrator Verma, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-PhysicianSelfReferralRegulations-122719.pdf

AAFP Letter to PTAC on Review of Alternative Payment Models - July 21, 2020

...July 21, 2020 Jeffrey Bailet, MD Committee Chair Physician-focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Room 415F U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Dr....

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-PTAC-APMReview-072120.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 3708) - August ...

...August 12, 2019 The Honorable Earl Blumenauer The Honorable Jason Smith U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representatives Rep. Blumenauer and Smith: On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-RepsBumenauerSmith-PrimaryCareEnhancementAct-081219.pdf

AAFP Letter to House Ways and Means Committee on Primary Care Enhancement Act (H.R. ...

...October 23, 2019 The Honorable Richard Neal The Honorable Kevin Brady Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Ways and Means Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC Washington, DC Dear Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady: On...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-WM-DPCMarkup-102319.pdf

AAFP’s Response to COVID-19 Policy Changes - May 31, 2020

...May 31, 2020 Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1744-IFC and CMS-5531-IFC P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 Re: AAFP’s Response to COVID-19 Policy Changes (CMS-1744-IFC and CMS-5531-IFC) Dear...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-CMS-IFC1andIFC2-053120.pdf

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