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ACP Applauds HHS Selection for Voluntary Chronic Care Improvement Program

December 10, 2004

(Washington, DC): The American College of Physicians (ACP) reaffirms its commitment to support and participate in an innovative pilot program to improve care of patients with chronic disease in Mississippi that was awarded today to McKesson Corporation by the Department of Health and Human Services. The McKesson project is a pilot program that will help HHS evaluate providing chronic care management services to Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure and diabetes.

The new Voluntary Chronic Care Improvement Program (CCIP) is authorized by the Medicare Modernization Act. Nationwide, the CCIP is expected to reach about 150,000 to 300,000 beneficiaries enrolled in traditional fee-for-service Medicare who have multiple chronic conditions. Earlier this year, ACP reviewed several proposals for CCIP contracts and decided to support only those that recognized and supported the physician's role in improving the care of patients with chronic disease.

"ACP recognizes the opportunity for the CCIP to improve continuity of care, improve patient health knowledge, reinforce adherence to physician care plans and improve quality of life for seniors living with chronic conditions," said ACP Chief Executive Office and Senior Vice President John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP.

Beneficiaries who agree to participate in the CCIP will receive help:

  • managing their conditions,
  • following their physicians' plan of care, and
  • learning about, and taking advantage of, Medicare-covered benefits that will help to reduce their health risks.

"ACP supports the involvement of the physician community in the CCIP test projects. We believe we can have an important impact on quality improvements for beneficiaries with heart failure and diabetes." said Dr. Tooker. "The McKesson proposal recognizes the central role of the primary care physician in the direct care of patients with chronic conditions, and we are committed to partnering with McKesson to help them succeed".

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 illness in adults.

Contact:
Jack Pope (202) 261-4556, jpope@acponline.org
Jacquelyn Blaser, (202) 261-4572, jblaser@acponline.org

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