Family physicians provide fundamental health care in an ever-changing environment. The WAFP provides resources and support tailored to your practices. We hope to increase your satisfaction in the practice of medicine and decrease your burden. We save you time.
Family physicians help patients manage infectious disease as a regular part of practice. We are also the front lines when outbreaks occur. This is where you will find critical information about infection in our state.
Telemedicine is an appropriate and efficient means of improving health when conducted within the context of appropriate standards of care (AAFP). Widespread use of telemedicine has implications on continuity of care, licensure, and access.
Plans & Insurer Information
WAFP works to achieve better health for all Washingtonians. We know that a health care system centered on primary care makes great strides toward that goal. The landscape of medicine is ever-changing and complicated, and all the variations can be difficult to track.
Cascade Care will create new, affordable health insurance coverage options for Washington Healthplanfinder customers. Enrollment will begin November 1, 2020, with coverage being effective January 1, 2021.
Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner: Insurance Coverage and Coronavirus
2021 Coding Changes – WAFP and AAFP resources
- Members-only E/M Guidelines Webinar Recording Now Online. In case you weren’t able to join your family physician colleagues last month for the AAFP’s live webinar, “Demystifying the 2021 Office Visit E/M Guidelines,” you can now access a recorded version of the event.
- If you missed our Coding Changes Seminar on 11/4 with experts from AAFP regarding upcoming changes to coding rules in 2021, a recording of the presentation is available, along with the accompanying slides. This session addressed the coding changes coming into effect January 1st. Some of the topics include: how the changes will benefit family physicians, how coding and sign-off should happen for supervised team members (RNs, signing off on PA work), and impact on third-party and Medicaid billing.
- This article from AAFP outlines some tools that may be helpful in preparation for these changes, and this one provides an overview. Further information from AAFP is available here.
- On 12/1/20, CMS issued the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, along with the CMS fact sheet. Here is a summary of the MPFS from AAFP.
- WAFP hosted a second E/M Coding Changes seminar on 12/8, featuring experts from Brown Consulting Associates.