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Improving Health Care Coverage

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP remains an aggressive advocate for health care coverage for all via primary care through family medicine, including the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) care delivery model.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage.html

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP provides information for family physicians as health care reform established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/aca.html

Medicaid

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for fair and effective regulations impacting family physicians and patients served by this vital program that provides health care for vulnerable populations.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/medicaid.html

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Oct 15, 2019 - Caring for uninsured children through Medicaid is a vital part of the current primary care system. The AAFP supports the continuing development and improvement of the CHIP initiative.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/chip.html

End-of-Life Care

Oct 15, 2019 - Learn how the AAFP is supporting federal efforts to cover voluntary discussions between physicians and patients about advance care plans.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/delivery/end-of-life.html

Health Information Technology

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP believes that health information technology should support communication between patients, family physicians, payers, and pharmacies while protecting privacy.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/hit.html

Electronic Health Records

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP believes that EMRs are vital to the expansion of primary care and the patient centered medical home model of care delivery, and supports meaningful use efforts.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/hit/emr.html

Navigating Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP offers information on legal concerns that impact family physicians and their patients, including regulatory, privacy, and payment concerns.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/legal.html

Antitrust / Collective Negotiation -- Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for the update of antitrust laws impacting family physicians and for the inclusion of health insurance companies within the scope of these regulations.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/legal/antitrust.html

Patient Privacy -- Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP provides family physicians with information regarding HIPAA regulations and monitors its impact on primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/legal/hipaa.html

Medical Liability -- Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP supports the reform of medical liability and litigation regulations that continue to have a negative impact on the cost of health care for patients and physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/legal/liability.html

Administrative Simplification -- Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - Reducing the administrative burden on physicians is an important step toward reducing the cost of health care. The AAFP supports simplifying reimbursement processes.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/legal/simplification.html

Transparency -- Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP affirms the need for effective transparency laws, but advocates for a simplified process that avoids expensive and complicated administration for physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/legal/transparency.html

Protecting Physician Payment

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for fair compensation regulation for primary care physicians who serve patients through Medicare and Medicaid without excessive administrative burden.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/payment.html

Medicare Physician Payment -- Physician Payment Advocacy

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP refutes the SGR as an accurate indicator of physician cost in providing patient care and recommends study of the PCMH model to inform regulatory changes.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/payment/medicare.html

Environmental Concerns in Public Health

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for public health and prevention policies that support the work of family physicians and primary care.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/environmental.html

Vaccines/Immunizations

Oct 15, 2019 - Affordable access to preventive care, including vaccinations and immunizations, is a central primary care health concern which deserves federal support.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/immunization.html

Obesity Prevention and Treatment

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for health care policies that address the significant health impact of obesity.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/obesity.html

Preventive Health

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP supports efforts to promote wellness and preventive public health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/prevstrategy.html

Prescription Drug Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP recognizes that prescription drug issues are a significant problem in the United States, and supports various federal agencies working to combat this public health concern.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/rxabuse.html

Tobacco Use

Oct 15, 2019 - Primary care physicians play a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction, as well as influencing legislation that promotes public health.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/tobacco.html

Building the Family Physician Workforce

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP believes that primary care physicians are vital to the health of our nation. We work to promote programs, initiatives, and funding to support this vocation.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/workforce.html

Medical Student Debt

Oct 15, 2019 - The cost of medical education can impact the specialty of family medicine. The AAFP supports alternative funding strategies for family medicine students.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/workforce/debt.html

Scope of Practice

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP believes that the family physician is uniquely qualified to lead coordinated care teams of allied health professionals in providing primary care for patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/workforce/scope.html

Graduate Medical Education

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP believes that investment in the primary care workforce is vital and seeks to preserve funding for residency programs in family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/workforce/gme.html

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