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Internists Applaud HHS Historic Step to Move Medicare Reimbursement
From Fee-for-Service to Quality
Washington, January 27, 2015 - The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday outlined an historic acceleration of its efforts to move Medicare away from traditional fee-for-service and tie provider physician reimbursements to quality. This sets ambitious but achievable goals of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018. HHS also set a goal of tying 85 percent of all traditional Medicare payments to quality or value by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018 through programs such as the Hospital Value Based Purchasing and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Programs.
American College of Physicians celebrates 100 years of 'Leading Internal Medicine, Improving Lives'
Philadelphia, January 27, 2015 - When Dr. Heinrich Stern and colleagues founded the American College of Physicians in 1915, the objectives and purpose included to "promote the advancement of the science and practice of medicine" and "to further the study and knowledge of biological medicine among its members." This year, ACP celebrates a century of internal medicine leadership, innovation, and excellence in medical knowledge and information as the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the U.S.
Internists Express Strong Support for Repeal of SGR Through Bipartisan Agreement Reached Last Year
ACP statement before House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on SGR
Washington, January 21, 2015 - "It is imperative to permanently eliminate the fatally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and implement reforms that will eliminate the uncertainty that has threatened seniors’ access to their physicians for over 13 years," the American College of Physicians (ACP)said today. ACP provided a 14-page Statement for the Record at this morning’s Hearing before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, "A Permanent Solution to the SGR: The Time is Now."
Authors discuss the health hazards of sitting too much during the day, regardless of whether or not you exercise.
ACP in the News
|1/14/2015||Guidelines presented for clinical documentation in 21st century - Medical Xpress|
|1/9/2015||Shots May Trump Pills for Knee Arthritis Pain - Daily Rx|
|12/29/2014||Cuts in Medicaid Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care - The New York Times|
|12/29/2014||Patients Misestimate Benefits, Harms of Medical Interventions - Medscape Today|
|12/3/2014||5 Medical Procedures You May Not Actually Need - Yahoo! Health|
|11/19/2014||Cost of Defensive Medicine; Is This a Time-Waster?; More - Medscape Today|
|11/17/2014||Need better care coordination? There’s a toolkit for that - Kevin MD|
Page Updated: January 27, 2015