In contrast to the backing it offered House-sponsored healthcare reform legislation, the American Academy of Family Physicians did not offer an outright statement of support for the Senate reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in a letter it sent Dec. 22 to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
AAFP does not offer direct support of Senate reform bill
That's not to say the general tone of the letter is not supportive, as it points out 11 aspects of the bill the 94,600-member, Leawood, Kan.-based AAFP “appreciates” and nine bulleted items that it “supports.” It also “applauds” health insurance reforms such as banning lifetime and annual limits.
The letter, signed by AAFP Board Chairman Ted Epperly, voiced concern that Medicaid medical home demonstration projects are too limited, and recommended that primary-care and consumer representatives be added to the proposed Independent Payment Advisory Board. It also strongly recommended against penalizing doctors who don't participate in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting Initiative or PQRI.
“We greatly appreciate your legislation steering the nation toward a more patient-friendly, primary-care-based health system; we are convinced such a change will make healthcare in the U.S. stronger, more effective and more efficient,” the letter said before concluding with an offer of continued assistance but without a declaration of support or endorsement.
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