The NCAFP sent a letter on March 24, 2022, to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and ONC National Coordinator, Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., MPP in response to the request for information, Electronic Prior Authorization Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria as requested by the January 24, 2022, Federal Register. The letter outlines the impact on patients and physicians.
Please read the letter here:
March 2022 HHS Prior Authorization Letter
The AAFP also sent a letter to the same recipients on March 22, 2022, “to increase oversight of prior authorization, reduce the volume of prior authorizations, increase transparency of prior authorization requirements and streamline prior authorization processes.” You can read AAFP's press release with links to the letter here.
Given the surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, the NCAFP Board of Directors has issued an open letter to school officials across North Carolina asking them to utilize masking and facial coverings to safely start the new school year. Given the prevalence of the Delta variant and the lack of an available vaccine for younger children, the letter calls on school systems to put the health and well-being of children first and require masking as students return to school. You can download a PDF copy of the letter by clicking below:
Tuesday, May 4, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued a report calling for access to high-quality primary care for every American. The report is titled: “Implementing High Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care.” AAFP applauded the release of the new report which calls for every individual to have the opportunity to have a consistent source of primary care. Among other things, the report states that “a strong foundation of primary care is critical to the health system. Yet visits to primary care clinicians are declining, the workforce pipeline is shrinking, and many practices have struggled to remain open. Primary care is the only part of health care where an increased supply is associated with better population health and more equitable outcomes. For this reason, the report emphasizes that primary care should be a common good, made available to all individuals in the U.S., promoted by responsible public policy, and supported with the resources to achieve health equity.” The report goes on to say that “the strength and quality of primary care need to be a public priority.” To meet the goals of the report, the committee recommended several actions:
While you can find a copy of the press release that AAFP published on the report below, please continue to look for additional information from NCAFP and AAFP in the coming days and weeks.
AAFP Press Release on NASEM Primary Care Report
The NCAFP works aggressively to advance health policy that improves and strengthens the specialty of family medicine and primary health care in North Carolina. The Academy is a leading voice in many state health initiatives and actively engaged in helping impact NC's delivery system.
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