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ACP Congratulates President, HHS Secretary and Congressional Leaders for Passage of Medicare Drug Benefit Legislation

(Washington, DC): The American College of Physicians (ACP) has congratulated President Bush, Secretary Thompson and congressional leaders for their crucial roles in achieving passage of historic Medicare prescription drug legislation.

"We commend you for your leadership in bringing about the fulfillment of the promise of a Medicare prescription drug benefit for America's seniors," said ACP President-elect Charles Francis, MD, FACP, FACC.

"In addition to providing the long awaited prescription drug benefit, the legislation will make a number of other needed changes to the Medicare program. The measure will maintain access to physician services, improve reimbursements in rural areas, ease unnecessary Medicare regulations, facilitate the voluntary use of electronic prescribing and restore needed funding for graduate medical education for our nation's teaching hospitals," said Dr. Francis.

Dr. Francis noted that the legislation passed by Congress, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, met all of the College's major policy objectives. "It represents a huge step forward for the health care of America," according to Dr. Francis.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

Rich Trachtman, (202) 261-4538, rtrachtman@acponline.org

Page Posted: 11-25-03

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