Advocacy

One of the primary objectives of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, as stated in the OAFP’s Strategic Plan, is to ensure that family medicine is the cornerstone of health policy reform at the national and state levels.

During this challenging time in medicine, the role of family physicians must be protected and supported. The OAFP is leading the effort in Ohio to strengthen the ability of family physicians to care for their patients, to ensure adequate numbers of family physicians are available for the population in Ohio, and to advance patient-centered medical home (PCMH) projects across the state. The OAFP works with the American Academy of Family Physicians Division of Government Relations in Washington, DC, to advance the same objectives at the federal level and is recognized nationally for its leadership in state and federal advocacy.

As the OAFP advocates for family physicians and their patients and engages members to advocate for family medicine to make a difference in health care policy, our state legislative agenda focuses on:
  • Health care reform
  • Payment reform
  • PCMH and the need for family physicians in effective patient care
  • Family medicine workforce
  • Cost of/payment for family medicine education
  • Administrative reporting burden
  • Scope of practice within context of physician-led teams.

In addition, our lobbyist, David Paragas, JD, through his legal firm, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, provides OAFP members with high quality, timely information on actions of Ohio General Assembly and the executive branch of government.