November 7— CAFM attended a stakeholder meeting today hosted by Senator Harkin, chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations committee. Senator Harkin, while talking to a full room discussed, the deleterious effects of sequestration and the importance people continuing to advocate for a fair agreement by the Budget Conference. He asked the stakeholders to push for the Senate Budget Resolution goal of $105.8 billion for discretionary health funding and to not accept the House Budget goal of $9.67 billion as the Budget committees continue to negotiate.
September 24—Today we are celebrating 50 years since the Title VII health professional programs were signed into law. As a part of Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), we sponsored and attended a Congressional briefing today that highlighted the success and importance of Title VII and Title programs. We also are taking part in the twitter campaign to demonstrate the impact Title VII programs have on family medicine and workforce development. Check out the STFM twitter page below to see what people have been saying and to keep the campaign going for the rest of September.
September 6—This month is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of
Title VII. CAFM is encouraging key contacts to reach out to their Member of
Congress and request that they give floor speeches to highlight the Title VII
programs. (Title VIII for nursing is also celebrating this anniversary.) We are
encouraging everyone to participate and contact their Member of Congress. Below
are links to sample floor speeches that you may send to your Member of Congress,
after personalizing to your district/state, that highlight the success of the
Title VII programs. This can be just 2 or 3 short examples (a sentence of two)
of how important Title VII has been in your own career. Be sure to email us at
CAFMadvocacy@stfm.org and let us know of your efforts.
August 8—Comments were sent to HRSA in response to its notice of Evaluation and Initial Assessment of HRSA Teaching Health Centers. The notice can be read here. CAFM and AAFP's letter expresses support for the provision of the Affordable Care Act that established the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program and the use of these survey instruments to obtain data regarding the effectiveness of the THC program. The comments can be found here.
August 5—The August Congressional Recess is here, and we have some work to do. Please use the time in August when members of the House of Representatives are often home on their own turf, to set up an appointment with them, or invite them to visit your program or department. There are many ongoing issues of concern to academic family medicine, but one of our current concerns is gaining traction and support for our Medicare GME reform pilot legislation.
H.R. 487, the Primary Care Workforce Access Improvement Act of 2013 was introduced by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) on February 4, 2013 and currently has eight cosponsors. The more co-sponsors we gather the more likely our bill will become law. To find district contact information for your member and talking points please follow the Take Action link and let us know of any action you take. Take Action
June 24—The Council of Academic Family Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians submitted comments on a proposed in a rule that would impact payments for residents in training at Critical Access Hospitals and changes in the Resident/Bed ratio that would affect GME calculations. Read the comments submitted to Marilyn Tavenner, the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
May 29—In 2013, STFM began a scholarship program for new faculty to enhance membership
involvement and expertise in advocacy.
The winners of the STFM 2013 FMCC New Faculty Scholarships are:
Through this scholarship, each of the awardees will develop their advocacy and leadership skills. Scholarship winners are assigned mentors to assist them in becoming advocates for future family medicine advocacy efforts.
May 29—The Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) sent three recommendations to the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) in response to their upcoming draft 21st report "Improving Value in Graduate Medical Education." The COGME draft focused on Medicare graduate medical education (GME) payments and training and the ways the government can improve the graduate medical education system.
The recommendations and discussed issues raised in the report are in keeping with family medicine’s policy guidelines for the enhancement of graduate medical education in the United States. CAFM and AAFP recommended 1) entities other than hospitals should be allowed to receive GME funding directly; 2) the measurement of primary care physician production should be based on whether graduates are in practice 5 years post medical school graduation, rather than upon entrance to primary care training (which often leads to subspecialization); and 3) programs such as the Teaching Health Center and Children’s GME need stability of funding in order to continue recruiting and producing primary care physicians.
"STFM Advocacy Messaging " will prepare you to meet with legislators and staff