Edited by the College's Washington, DC Governmental Affairs Division, the ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly, e-newsletter created to provide ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.
December 6, 2013
The Latest on the Health Insurance Exchanges
In this Issue:Progress shown in the operation of the health insurance exchanges, but work still needed; Majority of participants in new study think that our health care system needs a fundamental overhaul
November 22, 2013
A New Proposal for Medicare Payments
In this Issue: Details on a new legislative framework released by Congress regarding Medicare Payments and the SGR; New Health Affair's study released on how our aging population could increase the demand for subspecialist care and the effect that may have on providing primary care; New report calling for patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) to incorporate a "medical neighborhood"
November 8, 2012
The Year-End Push for a Medicare Payment Fix
In this Issue: ACP asks Congress to work to resolve looming SGR and sequestration cuts; An update on the Affordable Care Act rollout; Why health care co-ops were created, what they are meant to do and challenges that they face
October 25, 2013
The Shutdown Ends and the Insurance Marketplace Rollout Begins
In this Issue: Congress passes legislation to re-open the federal government and extend debt ceiling; Problems with the federal exchange website, physicians are most satisfied when they're able to deliver high-quality care to their patients
October 11, 2013
The Latest on the Government Shutdown and Health Care
In this Issue: How the federal government shutdown and upcoming battle over the debt ceiling are affecting health care-related government functions; ACP, in comment letter to HHS, believes physicians and other health care professionals need more time before they must begin reporting on the next stage of Meaningful Use measures; Changes to HIPAA update the regulations to better protect patient privacy in light of technological advances that have been made since the law was enacted
September 13, 2013
What will Congress do on health care this fall?
In this issue: Congressional Bickering Could Affect Outcome of Health Care Issues This Fall; As Health Reform Rolls Out, Some Provisions are Delayed, Others Tweaked; Unraveling the Confusion Over Insurance Rates
August 16, 2013
What's Happening with Medicare Payments?
In this issue: Bill to Repeal the SGR Moves Forward in Congress; Medicare Fee Proposal Breaks New Ground
July 19, 2013
Health Care and the Immigration Debate; ACO and Referrals
In this issue: Health Care and the Debate on Immigration Policy; Internal Medicine Subspecialist's Concerned ACOs are Routing Away Their Patients; Impact of the Delay in one of the Affordable Care Act Provisions
June 28, 2013
New ACP Tool Offers New Way to Regulatory Changes and Deadlines
In this issue: New ACP Physician and Practice Timeline; Senate and House Solutions to the Medicare Payment Dilemma; Patient Protection in a Dispute Between Hospitals and Medicare; Taking a Look Back at the Supreme Court's Ruling on the Affordable Care Act
June 7, 2013
ACP Members Head to Capitol Hill for Leadership Day
In this issue: Highlights from ACP's Annual Leadership Day; This Year's Recipient of the Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award; New Smoking Cessation Campaign from the CDC; Dramatic Slowing of the Rate of Increase in Health Care Spending
May 17, 2013
What ACP told Congress about Medicare Payments
In this issue: ACP Leaders Finds Reason for Optimism About Repeal of the SGR; Slowing of Medicare Cost Increases May Put Cost-Cutting Board on the Shelf; Government Fine-Tunes System for Expanding Coverage to the Uninsured
May 3, 2013
ACP’s New Leaders on Advocacy
In this issue: New ACP Leaders Target Expanding Medicaid and Replacing the SGR; President’s Call for Entitlement Cuts Raises Some Concern; ACP Calls Inaction by Congress on Gun Violence Unacceptable
April 4, 2013
A New Redesign for our Advocacy Website
In this issue: A New Website Design Puts Advocacy Information at Your Fingertips; New Program Promotes Specialists’ Involvement in Medical Home Practices; Electronic Records Aren’t Finding Favor Among Some Physicians
March 22, 2013
How Will the Sequester Affect Medicare Payments?
In this issue: Sequestration Cuts Will Bring Reduction in Medicare Reimbursements; Comission Recommends Transitioning From Fee-for-Service Physician Payments; Plan to Raise Medicaid Payments to Medicare Level Moves Ahead, but at Snail’s Pace
March 8, 2013
Updated Guide for Physicians on the Affordable Care Act
In this issue: Revised ACP Guide Reflects Changes to Affordable Care Act; GOP Congressmen Join Effort to Change Medicare Payment System; Federal Government Sets Insurance Standards for Core Benefits
February 22, 2013
ACP on the State of the Nation's Health Care
In this issue: ACP Puts Forth Two-Pronged Approach for Fixing U.S. Health Care Woes; Congress Gets New Bill to Repeal the Medicare Payment Formula; President's State of the Union Address Notes a Need for Entitlement Reforms
January 25, 2013
ACP Calls for Changes to GME; New Studies on EHRs and the PCMH
In this issue: ACP Urges Changes in Graduate Medical Education; New Study Looks at Why Electronic Health Records Fall Short on Cost Savings; Might Team-Based Medicine Eliminate the Primary Care Shortage?
January 11, 2013
Medicare Payments in 2013; What is Your State Doing About Medicaid Expansion?
In this issue: Physicians Escape Medicare Rate Cuts as Part of ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal; ACP Helps State Chapters Push to Expand the Reach of Medicaid; What Treatments Work Best?
ACP Policies and Recommendations
This library is a collection of ACP's Clinical Guidelines, Ethical Guidelines, Policy Statements, and copies of testimony and letters to government and non-government officials.
What's ahead on the fiscal cliff?
- December 21, 2012
The Latest on the Fiscal Cliff and Medicare
- December 7, 2012
The Election and Health Care Reform, also News on Payment Increases for 2013
- November 16, 2012
Are you ready to vote?
- November 2, 2012
What did the candidates say about health care?
- October 21, 2012
Medicaid Expansion; New Phase of EHR Project; ACP Candidates for Congress
- October 5, 2012