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Current Public Policy Papers

ACP public policy papers summarize and dissect published research and discussion on current issues involving clinical practice, medical education, bioethics, and health care financing and delivery, and make specific recommendations for internists, patients, and policy makers. Learn more about where ACP stands on important and timely issues.

Health Care Reform/Access

  • State of the Nation's Health Care 2013: A Two-pronged Strategy to Improve American Health Care: Make the Health System More Effective AND Remove Barriers to the Patient-Physician Relationship (February 2013)†
  • Every American Will Benefit from Supreme Courtís Decision to Uphold the Health Reform Law (June 2012)
  • The Present and Future of the Affordable Care Act (March 2012)
  • National Immigration Policy and Access to Health Care (April 2011) †
  • State of the Nationís Health Care 2011: Health Care Coverage, Capacity and Cost: What Does the Future Hold? (January 2011) †
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, Updated 2010, ACP Policy Paper (July 2010, update) †
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care (April 2010)
  • State of the Nation's Health Care 2010: The Declining State of the Nation's Health Care (February 2010) †
  • Reforming the Tax Exclusion for Health Insurance (August 2009) †
  • A Public Plan Option in a Health Insurance Connector (August 2009) †
  • Individual Mandates in Health Insurance Reform (July 2009)
  • Reforming the Tax Exclusion for Health Insurance (July 2009)
  • A Public Plan Option in a Health Insurance Connector (July 2009)
  • State of the Nation's Health Care 2009: Assuring universal access to health coverage and primary care (February 2009) †
  • Achieving Affordable Health Insurance for All Within Seven Years: A proposal from America's Internists, Updated 2008 (May 2008) †
  • State Experimentation With Reforms To Expand Access To Health Care (July 2007) †
  • Achieving a High Performance Health Care System with Universal Access: What the USA can learn from other countries (December 2007) †

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Payment/Delivery System Reform

  • The Patient Centered Medical Home Neighbor: The Interface of the Patient Centered Medical Home with Specialty/Subspecialty Practices (October 2010) †
  • ACP Policy Positions on the Development of Accountable Care Organizations (April 2010) †
  • Comprehensive Payment Reform Position Paper: Reforming Physician Payments to Achieve Greater Value in Health Care Spending (April 2009) †
  • Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (March 2007)
  • A System in Need of Change: Restructuring Payment Policies to Support Patient-Centered Care (October 2006) †
  • Reform of the Dysfunctional Healthcare Payment and Delivery System (April 2006) †
  • The Advanced Medical Home: A Patient-Centered, Physician-Guided Model of Health Care (January 2006) †

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Health Information Technology

  • Health Information Technology & Privacy (October 2011) †
  • EHR Ė Based Quality Measurement & Reporting: Critical for Meaningful Use and Health Care Improvement (April 2010) †
  • Health Information Technology & Privacy (April 2009) †
  • E-Health and Its Impact on Medical Practice (May 2008) †

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Medicare and Medicaid

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Controlling Costs, Improving Effectiveness

  • Medical Liability (2014) †
  • The Role of Performance Assessment in a Reformed Health Care System (November 2011) †
  • How Can Our Nation Conserve and Distribute Health Care Resources Effectively and Efficiently? (January 2011) †
  • Healthcare Transparency - Focus on Price and Clinical Performance Information (September 2010) †
  • Controlling Health Care Costs While Promoting the Best Possible Health Outcomes (September 2009) †
  • Improved Availability of Comparative Effectiveness Information: An Essential Feature for a High-quality and Efficient United States Health Care System (May 2008) †
  • Developing A Fair Process Through Which Physicians Participating in Performance Measurement Programs Can Request a Reconsideration of Their Ratings (April 2007) †
  • Linking Physician Payments to Quality Care (October 2005) †

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Prescription Drugs and Public Health Related Topics

  • Firearms: Safety and Regulation (2013)

  • Reducing Firearms-Related Deaths and Injuries (December 2012)

  • Statement of Principles on the Role of Governments in Regulating the Patient-Physician Relationship †(August 2012)†

  • Strengthening the Public Health Infrastructure (April 2012) †
  • Tobacco Control and Prevention (May 2010) †
  • Improving FDA Regulation of Prescription Drugs (September 2009) †
  • HIV Policy: The Path Forward; a Joint Statement of ACP and the HIV Medicine Association (April 2009) †
  • Establishing Federal Guidelines Protecting Against Genetic Discrimination (March 2008) †
  • Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana: An ACP Policy paper (February 2008) †
  • Language Services for Patients with Limited English Proficiency: Results of a National Survey of Internal Medicine Physicians (April 2007) †
  • Direct-To-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising (April 2006) †
  • The Health Care Response to Pandemic Influenza (April 2006) †
  • Prescription Drug Importation as a Policy Option to Lower the Cost of Medications in the U.S. (October 2005)

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Workforce and Physician Shortage

  • Aligning GME Policy with the Nation's Health Care Workforce Needs (September 2011) †
  • Five Prescriptions for Ensuring the Future of Primary Care (May 2011) †
  • Internists and Physician Assistants: Team-Based Primary Care (May 2010) †
  • Solutions to the Challenges Facing Primary Care Medicine (April 2009)
  • Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care (February 2009) †
  • How is a Shortage of Primary Care Physicians Affecting the Quality and Cost of Medical Care? (November 2008) †
  • The Role of International Medical Graduates in the U.S. Physician Workforce (September 2008) †
  • Creating a New National Workforce for Internal Medicine (April 2006) †
  • Revitalization of Internal Medicine: Overview of the Problem and Recommendations on Reducing Medical Student Debt (July 2003)

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