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ACP Advocate Newsletter

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.

March 21, 2014

The President's Proposal for Primary Care Funding

In this issue: Highlights in the President's recently release budget proposal in regards to ACP's top priorities; ACP President Dr. Molly Cooke sent out a communication to the entire ACP membership on the status of the Medicare payment fix legislation on Capitol Hill; A new CMS policy change went into affect this past Tuesday, allowing the government to release data on Medicare payments to individual physicians.

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March 7, 2014

The Latest on SGR reform and ACA enrollment

In this issue: An update on the SGR repeal legislation and what ACP leadership has been doing to advocate; Physicians share experiences with patients newly enrolled in health insurance through the exchanges; An update on the most recently reported enrollment numbers and what it tells us about ACA implementation.

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February 21, 2014

The State of the Nation's Health Care; Plus, Progress on the SGR

In this issue: A recap of ACP's annual State of the Nation's Health Care briefing, entitled, "Progress, Challenges and Opportunities" still facing us in our movement toward health care reform; An update on the joint, bipartisan legislation that was agreed to by congressional committees with jurisdiction over Medicare; A new report from the Congressional Budget Office comments on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the nation's workforce

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February 7, 2014

Health Care and the State of the Union

In this issue: The President uses the State of the Union address to remind the public of some of the benefits that we've already seen and some that are coming into play now as a result of the Affordable Care Act; An update on the spending bill that Congress passed and how it is being distributed; A new study shows that increased Medicaid eligibility can cause increased ER visits.

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January 24, 2014

What did ACP Advocacy achieve for you in 2013?

In this Issue: A detailed accounting at some of the ways ACP advocacy has improved things for practicing internists in 2013 and a look ahead to 2014; report finds medical homes are able to improve care and save money; CMS report indicates health care spending for 2012 grew at the slowest rate since 1960

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January 10, 2014

Are you seeing concerns about Affordable Care Act plans in your practice?

In this Issue: The roll out of ACA health insurance marketplace plans and patient concerns that you may be seeing in your practices; States benefit from participating in the expansion of Medicaid

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