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Statement on Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal Legislation
Washington, March 7, 2014 — After many months of hard work, the congressional committees with jurisdiction over Medicare have reached bipartisan agreement on a bill to repeal the broken Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015/S. 2000). Yet, this historic bipartisan opportunity to eliminate the SGR, once and for all, is at risk of being upended because of partisan disagreements on how to address the budget impact of SGR repeal and on other policies unrelated to the SGR itself. If either political party or chamber decides on its own to attach provisions to the bill that are unacceptable to the other, it would kill any chance for SGR repeal.
Internal Medicine 2014 Presents Latest Prevention and Treatment Information for Adult and Adolescent Health Care
More than 6,000 internal medicine physicians, subspecialists, medical students, and allied health professionals from around the world will gather in Orlando for Internal Medicine 2014, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP), April 10 - 12 (Thursday - Saturday), at the Orange County Convention Center. More than 200 sessions cover a broad array of clinical topics and health care policy issues.
President's Budget Will Help Stem Shortage of Primary Care Physicians
Washington, March 4, 2014 — The American College of Physicians (ACP) applauds the increased funding for primary care proposed by President Obama in his budget proposal released today. The proposal shows an understanding of the important role that primary care places in ensuring access to high quality and cost-conscious care. Studies show that the United States will need at least 40,000 more primary care physicians for adults by the end of the decade to meet current and anticipated demand.
Internal Medicine and Related Subspecialties Applaud Unprecedented Bipartisan Agreement to Repeal SGR Formula
Washington, February 20, 2014 — The undersigned organizations, representing internal medicine and related subspecialties, applaud the unprecedented bipartisan agreement by the House Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, and Senate Finance Committees on comprehensive legislation to repeal Medicare’s flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. This legislation, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Payment Modernization Act, H.R. 4015/S. 2000, represents years of policy development toward a new physician payment system that brings better value to patients and to the entire health care system. We urge you to expedite this legislation to the floor for a vote and enact it before April 1st.
Internists Recognize Today's 'Rotten Anniversary,' Tell Congress It's Been 11 years, 16 patches, $154 Billion Wasted
Washington, February 20, 2014 — "Physicians throughout America today are recognizing a truly 'Rotten Anniversary,'" Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP), declared today. "On February 20, 2003, the first of 16 Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Formula 'patches' was passed by Congress."
Internists Review 'Progress, Challenges and Opportunities: Taking Next Steps to Reduce Barriers to Access and Reform Medicare Physician Payments'
Washington, February 11, 2014 — "For the first time in the history of the United States, Americans are experiencing the benefits of health reforms designed to ensure that everyone has access to affordable coverage including a suite of essential benefits," Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP), said at today’s annual State of the Nation's Health Care briefing. "In addition, Congress is on the verge of passing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. This flawed formula was put in place by Congress in 1997, and resulted in the first scheduled cut in physician payments in 2002. Now, 12 years later, we have the opportunity to permanently eliminate the SGR and accelerate that transition to value-based payment and delivery models."
Internists Support Proposed Legislation to Repeal and Replace Sustainable Growth Rate
Washington, February 6, 2014 — The College strongly supports the "SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014" (H.R. 4015). We are especially pleased that the agreement includes the following elements...
Internists Express Strong Support for Surgeon General Nominee
Letter from American College of Physicians Sent to Congressional Leaders
Washington, February 3, 2014 — On behalf of the American College of Physicians (ACP), we want to express our strong support for President Obama’s nomination of Vivek Hallegere Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. to the position of Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Murthy is a well-respected internist and member of the College who will serve the country well in this role.
ACP to Offer Health Data Exchange Integration and Quality Reporting
Philadelphia, January 14, 2014 — The American College of Physicians, athenahealth, Inc., and CECity are collaborating to create a health data exchange integration and quality reporting service to connect physicians with data registries and help them satisfy Meaningful Use specialized registry requirements while improving patient care.
American College of Physicians launches 'Online High Value Care Cases'
Philadelphia, January 6, 2014 — A series of High Value Care case studies are available online for free from the American College of Physicians to help clinicians understand the benefits, harms, and costs of tests and treatment options for common clinical issues so they can pursue care that improves health and eliminates wasteful practices.
Video news story about ACP's evidence-based recommendations for treating obstructive sleep apnea featuring ACP President Dr. Molly Cooke.
ACP in the News
|2/28/2014||Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease: Time to Say No - Medscape|
|2/26/2014||Is it OK to Google a client? A rule of thumb for physicians may work for lawyers, too - ABA Journal|
|2/25/2014||Reform Update: California health committee seeks parity between Medicaid, Medicare payments - Modern Healthcare|
|2/25/2014||Mystery Medical Symptoms Hit a Surprising Number of Patients - Wall Street Journal|
|2/24/2014||'Meaningful Use' Stage 3 May Increase Patient Interaction - Medpage Today|
|2/19/2014||Health: Is Your Doctor Googling You? - CBS News Philadelphia|
|2/19/2014||The high cost of "free," unnecessary medical equipment - Kevin MD|
|2/19/2014||6 Scary Symptoms Of Aging That Are Actually Harmless - The Huffington Post|
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