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ACP Urges Prompt Senate Confirmation of Mark McClellan, MD, as Administrator of CMS

(Washington, DC): The American College of Physicians (ACP) has sent a letter to every member of the U.S. Senate urging prompt confirmation of Dr. Mark McClellan as Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"The College is proud that Dr. McClellan is an internist and fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP)," said ACP President Munsey Wheby, MD, FACP. "We are even more proud of his contributions to improving health care quality and access."

The letter cites a number of Dr. McClellan's past achievements including:

  • As President Bush's Senior Health Policy Advisor and a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, Dr. McClellan advocated constructive, pragmatic, and bipartisan approaches to reforming Medicare, reducing medical errors, reducing the costs of prescription drugs, and improving access to care for the uninsured.

  • As Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. McClellan expedited approval of life-saving medications while strengthening programs to keep harmful drug and dietary products off the market. Under Dr. McClellan's leadership, the FDA recently entered into a partnership with national medical societies, including the American College of Physicians, to promptly inform practitioners about illegal and dangerous counterfeit prescription drugs.

"We believe that it would be highly unfortunate if Dr. McClellan's confirmation as administrator of CMS is delayed because of differing opinions on the complex issue of re-importation of prescription drugs from Canada," said Dr. Wheby. "CMS must move quickly to implement major regulatory changes resulting from enactment of the Medicare Modernization Act. Physicians and patients must have full confidence that the agency is being led by someone who will apply rigorous science, guided by a professional commitment to patient care, to the decisions that will be required. Such are the attributes that Dr. McClellan will bring to CMS."

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.

Jack Pope, (202) 261-4556 jpope@acponline.org

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