Public Policy

A primary objective of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians is to advocate for family medicine as the cornerstone of our health care system. We work to ensure that policymakers understand the need for Ohioans to receive care within a payment system that consistently recognizes and reimburses the demonstrated value of family physicians. We seek to identify and address the systemic contributing factors that threaten or interfere with the practice of medicine.

During this challenging time in medicine, the role of family physicians must be protected and supported. The OAFP leads 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 the enhanced primary care movement in this state. The OAFP works with the American Academy of Family Physicians Division of Government Relations in Washington, D.C., 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 (value not volume)
  • Leading the enhanced primary care movement
  • Family medicine workforce
  • Cost of/payment for family medicine education
  • Administrative reporting burdens and requirements that threaten or interfere with the practice of medicine
  • 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.