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Mark McClellan is Awarded the Joseph F. Boyle Award for Distinguished Public Service

May 18, 2005

(Washington, DC): The American College of Physicians (ACP) awarded Mark B. McClellan, MD, FACP, PhD, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), its annual Joseph F. Boyle Award for Distinguished Public Service yesterday, in honor of his outstanding work on improving health care. The award is bestowed upon a current or former government official or a physician acting in an official capacity (state or federal, executive or legislative) who has provided outstanding public service toward improving the delivery of health care.

Dr. McClellan was sworn in as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on March 25, 2004. While at CMS Dr. McClellan has been a leader in using Medicare's purchasing power to improve the quality of patient care. He has been influential in implementing the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. This program brings about the most extensive changes ever to the Medicare program. These changes include: the Chronic Care Improvement Program which seeks to improve the quality of care of patients with chronic diseases by managing their medical care, and new benefits for preventive services and prescription drugs.

Dr. McClellan is also a champion of using evidence-based clinical performance measures and health information technology to improve patient care. Under his direction, CMS has participated in a public-private sector joint initiative called the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA) to develop a standard set of uniform evidence-based measures for Medicare and other health programs. ACP is one of the four organizations on the steering committee for the AQA effort.

Dr. McClellan previously served as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and from 2001 to 2002 he served in the White House as a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. From 1998-99 he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, where he supervised economic analysis and policy development on a wide range of domestic policy issues.

Under Dr. McClellan's leadership, the FDA entered into a partnership with national medical societies, including ACP, to promptly inform practitioners about illegal and dangerous counterfeit prescription drugs.

The Boyle Award for distinguished public service was presented to Dr. McClellan for his efforts with CMS and the FDA and his years of service as an advocate for 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.

"We appreciate Dr. McClellan's commitment to improving the quality of patient care. He has shown a keen understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced by internists in the delivery of high quality care to their patients with an improved reimbursement structure that will promote quality care," said C. Anderson Hedberg, MD, FACP, president of ACP.

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 116,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

[Note to editors: Photo is available please contact Jacquelyn Blaser]

Jacquelyn Blaser, (202) 261-4572, jblaser@acponline.org

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