- Must be an active member
- Must pay 2021 dues in full no later than Dec. 31, 2020
The AAFP website and mobile app have been launched! You should have received an email earlier this week about the change. Your email address will be your default username for both the website and mobile app. Make sure to confirm that the AAFP has your preferred email address on file if you have not already done so. If you’re using a shared email address (such as a generic practice address) that is also used by other AAFP members, you will need to add a unique email address to receive access. If you need assistance with your email, you can contact the Member Resource Center at AAFP@AAFP.org or 800-274-2237.
Act now! June 1-5 “Week of Action” is a first-time virtual event that’s replacing the usual Family Medicine Advocacy Summit. AAFP is rallying members nationwide to schedule online meetings and lobby their elected officials. Our message to lawmakers: stabilize, strengthen, and sustain primary care. The AAFP has prepared detailed, data-driven talking points and backgrounders for you, along with sample tweets and tips for recording video messages optimal for social media. To view these materials and participate in these activities, please join the AAFP’s Family Medicine Action Network. Need your legislator’s information? Can’t access the materials? No problem: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family physicians and other primary care physicians remain a critical part of our nation’s response to COVID-19, yet the virus has exposed critical shortcomings in our primary care safety net across the country. Last week, the AAFP called on congressional leaders to prioritize the needs of the primary care workforce and patients and take “bold steps” to address this pandemic. The April 13 letter urges Congress to stabilize our primary care system and increase patient protections during this uncertain time. Join us in telling Congress that relief to family physicians is essential for any comprehensive COVID-19 response action plan. Use this pre-written letter to speak out now!
The KAFP continues to update the COVID-19 web page for you to easily find all resources in one location. We hope you will find it useful. Bookmark https://kafponline.org/COVID-19
In addition, don’t forget AAFP has a daily update for you to bookmark and check each day to eliminate sifting through the flood of news.
If you miss an AAFP’s Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19, you can watch it anytime, anywhere on demand. Each session is approved for 1 AAFP Prescribed credit. Watch a session. Earn up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice® (t2p®) process. Learn more.
Yesterday you received a letter from AAFP about relief, both administrative and financial for you as a member. There have been several developments aimed at providing much needed relief, both administrative and financial, to you as a member:
Family physicians continue to play an essential role in our nation’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus spreads, the pressures on family physicians will only increase. Many practices are facing severe shortages of equipment and supplies, and most are starting to feel the financial strains of the pandemic. It is critical that congressional leaders take action to support America’s frontline physicians by ensuring they have the equipment, supplies and financial resources needed to keep them operating.
Please join us in urging lawmakers to do their part to provide family physicians the support we need to be successful in responding to COVID-19. The AAFP SPEAK OUT tool is a valuable tool for all family physicians to use. The pre-written message may be edited as you see fit.
Most recently the AAFP joined the AMA, ACP, ACS and MGMA in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership calling for increase support to physicians. The legislative requests included in the letter are:
Require all payers, including ERISA plans, to provide coverage and payment for audio-only telehealth visits with patients, at the same level as in-person visits.
Under the new executive orders issued by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts is blocked from enforcing any law, rule or regulation that requires in-person examinations in order to issue a prescription or administer medication.
Out-of-state doctors may provide telemedicine services in Kansas if they are licensed in another state. All physicians are encouraged to utilize telemedicine, including those under self-quarantine.
This expansion of telemedicine is to deliver relief for COVID-19. As of March 22, 66 Kansas residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and two have died. See detailed map.
The AAFP recently updated its guidance on using telehealth to specifically address caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tips included in that guidance address how to quickly implement telemedicine in a practice, how to get reimbursed for virtual visits and what codes to use for COVID-19. Additionally, there is specific guidance on Medicare payment requirements for these telehealth sessions.
Read more on how family physicians are using telehealth as a tool to care for patients.