Greetings from Chicago for the 2023 AAFP Congress of Delegates!
Congress kicked off events yesterday afternoon with the Town Hall. This is a low key meeting were the current executive leaders of AAFP make some brief statements on what the Board has been working on over the past year. The topics included AI/technology, GME funding changes to community centers, pay for family docs, continuing its on-going work with diversity within the AAFP and several acts in Congress including allowing medical students to defer their loan repayments, interest-free during residency.
Most of the time was spent allowing the members attending to step up to the microphone to ask specific questions to the AAFP leaders. There was quite a variety. Some of the topics included what is being done to combat non-compete clauses in contracts, getting a wRVU assigned to the G22.12 CPT code, getting more appropriate re-imbursement for primary care, and how to continue to encourage underrepresented minorities to pursue family medicine.
All-in-all, it was a great opportunity to hear about specific concerns that our colleagues are facing all over the country. It’s a great way to start the Congress and foreshadows many of the resolution and discussions to come in the next 2 ½ days.
Nikki Clark, MD, FAAFP – delegate