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1Message from the Executive Vice President

Dear Colleagues,

The Latin phrase "primum non nocere," or its English translation "first, do no harm," is a centuries-old medical lesson reminding us to always consider the possibility that a medical intervention might cause more harm than good. Unfortunately, despite the relevance and wisdom of this simple maxim, the notion that it may be better not to do something got sidelined as the nation's health care system became increasingly overrun by consumerism and litigation.

Today, the overuse and misuse of medical tests and treatments has resulted in the proliferation of unnecessary medical care that is inflating health care costs to an unsustainable level and putting patients in harm's way from overtreatment. The reality we are now faced with is a health care system crumbling under its own weight begging for our attention.

To reverse this crippling trend, change on almost every front will be needed. We must dispel long-held beliefs that "more care = better care." Medical educators must convey to students the importance of knowing what care is appropriate and "high value." Physicians will need to practice in an environment without the fear of impending lawsuits for not providing "enough care," and patients educated via the internet who request "more care" will need to be part of a new dialogue between patients and physicians. And finally, profit-driven motives for excessive testing will have to be replaced with more equitable and fair reimbursement policies.

Our mission, should we choose to accept it …

As ACP's Executive Vice President and CEO, I am honored to serve an organization that is working on behalf of the entire internal medicine community. As internists, subspecialists, educators, residents and fellows, allied health professionals, and medical students, we are on the front lines of health care and thus well-positioned to help turn the tide to achieve the "triple aim"—improved patient care, better health for the population, and lower per capita costs.

In response to the challenge, three years ago ACP launched its High Value Care initiative, a hybrid of clinical, educational, and policy recommendations that identify unnecessary tests and procedures. Since its inception, our initiative has gained significant momentum. This year we unveiled our High Value Care website; developed a teaching curriculum for resident training programs; produced several clinical guidelines, policies, and recommendations; and disseminated those recommendations through articles in Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP), our educational meetings, and several patient guidebooks.

The times they are a changin'

In addition to the onslaught of spiraling health care costs, the nation's population is aging and chronic disease is growing at an alarming rate, at the same time we are facing a shortage of primary care physicians. It is essentially "the perfect storm." To help right the ship, the focus on High Value Care, recognition of the importance of patient engagement, and a shift toward team-based care have emerged as the central components of a new health care paradigm.

ACP is committed to helping members stay ahead of the curve on all issues related to patient care, practice improvement, and health care reform. As the premier developer and provider of educational and clinical resources for internal medicine specialists, subspecialists, and trainees, ACP is continually expanding the scope of its educational products, publications, and clinical guidelines and finding innovative ways to deliver their content. In the area of practice improvement, we are helping physicians meet their practice requirements, report quality of care measures, adopt meaningful use of electronic health records, and transform their practices into patient-centered medical homes.

Our efforts to improve the environment of medicine are equally extensive. We continue to advocate for expanded coverage under the mandate of the Affordable Care Act, as well as to eliminate Medicare's SGR formula, reverse the shortage of primary care physicians, and reform medical liability. We are also collaborating with other health care stakeholders, including patients, subspecialists, allied health professionals, industry, and the international community to promote the value of internal medicine and achieve our health care reform goals.

Today, the overuse and misuse of medical tests and treatments has resulted in the proliferation of unnecessary medical care that is inflating health care costs to an unsustainable level and putting patients in harm's way from overtreatment.



Providing educational resources, news, and information to enhance clinical practice and support ongoing clinical education and high quality patient care

Annals of Internal Medicine

Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the top five most widely cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, continues to provide physicians with the latest evidence-based, practice-relevant information and research available while offering new formats to deliver content and captivate readers.

Annals for iPad

Released this year, Annals of Internal Medicine iPad edition gives iPad users the ability to:

  • Read current Annals issues and articles
  • Access 12 months of Annals issues offline, including In the Clinic and ACP Journal Club
  • Browse specialty and topic collections
  • Save and share articles using their personal libraries
  • Watch videos and listen to audio summaries and readings
  • View CME quizzes and link to MKSAP questions and other ACP resources
  • Search Annals archives

Read More

The Annals iPad app is free to download through iTunes, and selected articles are free to all users. ACP members and individual subscribers to Annals will have access to all content as part of their membership or subscription.

Annals for Educators

Annals for Educators is a special e-mail alert for educators. This new resource provides busy chief residents, program directors, and clerkship directors with information, ideas, and content from Annals that may be useful in their teaching activities.


The 16th edition of ACP's highly popular and widely used Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) was released this year along with its digital version, MKSAP 16 Digital. MKSAP 16 features 1,200 multiple-choice questions covering general internal medicine and 10 internal medicine subspecialties.

MKSAP 16 Digital

Available in 11 sections, MKSAP 16 Digital includes helpful key points, algorithms, tables, and figures that improve learning efficiency. The Digital version can be accessed from an iPad or other tablet, computer, or smartphone and features links that enable users to access content quickly and easily. Users can search for specific content in the 11 topic areas, the questions, or both simultaneously.

MKSAP 16 Digital provides users the ability to store answers in a MKSAP online account so that their answers are always accessible. It also comes with free apps that allow users to review and answer questions offline and later upload the answers to their online accounts. Download the apps to all of your devices—computer, tablet, and/or smartphone—and answer and review all the internal medicine board review questions throughout MKSAP 16. If you are a Blackberry or other unsupported smartphone user, you can still access MKSAP 16 questions via your mobile browser by using your online account.

No more waiting for score reports and credits!

MKSAP print users can now apply instantly online for CME credits and Maintenance of Certification points.

Board Basics 3

Board Basics 3 is a 350-page Board review manual that is a useful tool for physicians preparing for ABIM certification and recertification. Board Basics 3 also offers a digital version and custom apps for smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Clinical Guidelines

ACP released the following evidence-based guidelines, guidance statements, and best practice advice papers to help clinicians deliver the best health care possible.

Screening for Prostate Cancer
A Guidance Statement from the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2013)

Upper Endoscopy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Best Practice Advice From the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, December 2012)

Diagnosis of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease
Summary of a Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians/American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association/American Association for Thoracic Surgery/Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association/Society of Thoracic Surgeons (Annals of Internal Medicine, November 2012)

ACP's clinical guidelines received significant media coverage in top-tier national publications such as: American Medical News, CBS, Chicago Tribune, Consumer Reports,,,, HealthDay, Internal Medicine News, iVillage, MedPage Today, Medscape, Modern Healthcare,, Reuters,, USA Today,, and Yahoo! News.

Now available as a mobile app

Internal medicine physicians and other clinicians can now access clinical recommendations from ACP's clinical practice guidelines and guidance statements through the ACP Clinical Guidelines mobile app. Available free for iPhone, iPad, and Android, the ACP Clinical Guidelines app can be downloaded at and Summary tables, algorithms, and high value care advice from ACP related to guidelines are included in an easy to read and interactive mobile format.

Performance Measurement

How do physicians know if they are providing the best health care for patients? Performance measurement allows physicians to assess care against evidence-based clinical guidelines and nationally recognized standards. Performance measures are developed, tested, and endorsed by many organizations, including medical specialty societies, health care quality organizations, health systems, private and public health payers, and the federal government.

ACP's Performance Measurement Committee is reviewing the benefits and limitations of performance measurement because it recognizes the inevitability of its use in practice and wants to shape its presence in internal medicine and assist members with fulfilling requirements. This year, ACP released the paper "Design and Use of Performance Measures to Decrease Low-Value Services and Achieve Cost-Conscious Care" and several commentaries related to ACP's clinical guidelines and guidance statements.

Internal Medicine 2013

ACP's annual scientific meeting, Internal Medicine 2013, held in San Francisco, April 11-13, featured more than 250 scientific sessions and drew more than 8,000 attendees, the highest registration number ever.

Keynote speaker Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, MSc, FACP, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke on "The Physician Responsibility to Lead on Implementing Health Care Reform," and the essential role physicians play in decreasing the cost of health care.

New this year

Attendees enrolled in ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program who attended select workshops in the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center received Maintenance of Certification points. Make your plans now to attend Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando, April 10 - 12, 2014.

ACP/Pri-Med Meetings

ACP and Pri-Med are expanding their partnership to collaborate on national continuing medical education (CME) meetings. Pri-Med's Annual Conference series will feature a new medical education curriculum from ACP that focuses on coordinated, team-based care and aligns with clinical care gaps and subspecialty needs. ACP will continue to provide the educational curriculum for a series of regional meetings.


ACP Internist® and ACP Hospitalist®

ACP Internist and ACP Hospitalist cover the latest trends and issues in the practice of medicine for internal medicine specialists and subspecialists as well as policies, products, and news of ACP. ACP Internist launched a new publication, ACP Diabetes Monthly, a monthly e-newsletter featuring a wide array of resources and information related to the care of patients with diabetes.


ACP Internist® and ACP Hospitalist® won five awards in the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors' (ASHPE) annual competition, including the prestigious Publication of the Year Award in the Newsletter category for ACP Internist.

Each publication also won a bronze award in feature writing in Association Media & Publishing's annual EXCEL Awards competition. ACP Internist won in the category of Newspapers, Feature Article (circulation over 50,000), and ACP Hospitalist won in the category of Magazines, Feature Article (circulation 20,001-50,000).

Clinical Shorts

ACP Clinical Shorts is a series of short educational videos that allow clinicians to earn CME from their computers or mobile devices. The videos use nationally recognized experts to provide concise answers to challenging clinical dilemmas frequently seen in practice.

Each Clinical Short is 15 minutes or less. After viewing the videos, users will answer a three-question quiz, and then submit online for CME credit. Subscribers to ACP Clinical Shorts will receive one year of unlimited access to 28 videos.

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Giving voice and guidance to the issues that affect the practice & future of internal medicine

High Value Care

ACP continues to expand its High Value Care initiative, a hybrid of clinical, educational, and public policy recommendations and resources aimed at providing the best possible care to patients while simultaneously eliminating unnecessary costs to the health care system. ACP's High Value Care programs are designed to help physicians, health care professionals, medical students, and patients understand the benefits, harms, and costs of tests and treatment options for common clinical issues.

High Value Care gained momentum this year as ACP launched a new High Value Care website, developed a teaching curriculum for residents, and published a position paper on performance measures and a clinical guideline on testing for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

High Value Care Website

ACP's new High Value Care website centralizes information and provides easy access to clinical, advocacy, patient, and academic High Value Care resources, including:

  • ACP's evidence-based clinical practice recommendations for specific tests and treatments, such as diagnostic imaging for low back pain and drug treatment of type 2 diabetes published in Annals of Internal Medicine;
  • resources to help implement High Value Care in physician practices, including ethical considerations, performance measurement recommendations, and peer-reviewed articles about High Value Care published in Annals of Internal Medicine;
  • summaries of and links to ACP's public policy papers advocating for legislative reforms to enhance the delivery of care while reducing costs;
  • the High Value Care Curriculum for internal medicine residents developed by ACP and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine;
  • patient education materials created in partnership with Consumer Reports and based on ACP's evidence-based recommendations to help patients understand the benefits, harms, and costs of tests and treatments for common clinical issues, such as screening for prostate cancer, low back pain, type 2 diabetes, and GERD;
  • videos about High Value Care topics for physicians, medical students, and patients.

High Value Care Curriculum

This year, ACP released a free, ten-module High Value Care teaching curriculum to help train internal medicine residents in how to avoid overuse and misuse of tests and treatments that do not improve outcomes and may cause harm. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine,

The free curriculum is designed to engage internal medicine residents and faculty in small group activities organized around actual patient cases that require careful analysis of the benefits, harms, and costs of tests and treatments, and use of evidence-based recommendations and shared decision-making. The flexible curriculum consists of ten, one-hour interactive modules that can be incorporated into the existing conference structure of a training program.

High Value Care Papers

ACP developed three important papers that support High Value Care's effort to decrease the use of low-value health care services:

Inpatient Glycemic Control: Best Practice Advice from the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians (American Journal of Medical Quality, May 2013)

Design and Use of Performance Measures to Decrease Low-Value Services and Achieve Cost-Conscious Care (Annals of Internal Medicine, January 2013)

Upper Endoscopy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Best Practice Advice From the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, December 2012)

Advocacy & Public Policy

Through its policy papers, meetings on Capitol Hill, newsletters, and collaborations with other organizations, ACP continues to advocate for the future of internal medicine and health care reform measures that are socially and fiscally responsible and result in better care for patients.

ACP is committed to developing and publishing statements on topics that affect the health of patients and their families. This year, the College released an official paper on the topic of government interference in patient-physician relationships. The statement, "Role of Governments in Regulating the Patient-Physician Relationship," offers a framework for evaluating how the role of federal and state governments, and laws and regulations affecting the patient-physician relationship, can potentially impact appropriate clinical practice.

State of the Nation's Health Care Briefing

ACP's 2013 State of the Nation's Health Care report, "A Two-pronged Strategy to Improve American Health Care: Make the Health System More Effective AND Remove Barriers to the Patient-Physician Relationship," calls for continued improvement in the health care system by expanding coverage, reducing unnecessary cost, and preventing interference into the patient-physician relationship.

To learn more about ACP's advocacy efforts and health care reform, turn to these resources:

ACP leaders testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health

David L. Bronson, MD, MACP, Immediate Past President, appeared before the Subcommittee on July 24, 2012. "Repeal of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is essential, but repeal by itself will not move Medicare to better ways to deliver care," said Dr. Bronson, "We need to transition from a fundamentally broken physician payment system to one that is based on the value of services to patients, building on physician-led initiatives to improve outcomes and lower costs."
Appearing before the Subcommittee on May 7, 2013, Charles Cutler, MD, FACP, Chair, Board of Regents, said, "The American College of Physicians strongly supports a phased approach to repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and progressing to better, value-based payment and delivery models."

Leadership Day 2013

ACP's Leadership Day is an annual two-day event held in the nation's capital that provides ACP members a unique opportunity to experience grassroots advocacy training, attend in-depth issue briefings, and meet with their senatorial and congressional representatives. This year, more than 300 physicians and medical students from 47 states came to Washington to increase the visibility of internal medicine issues and share with lawmakers how policy affects their practices and their patients.

Ethics and Professionalism

ACP provides valuable resources and guidance to help physicians maintain ethical standards and navigate difficult clinical situations. During the past year the Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee developed two position papers. The first, "The Patient-Centered Medical Home: An Ethical Analysis of Principles and Practice," was published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The second, "Online Medical Professionalism: Patient and Public Relationships: Policy Statement from the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards," was published in the April 16, 2013 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Four ethics case studies also were completed during the year. Two case studies, "Stewardship of Health Care Resources: Responding to a Patient's Request for Antibiotics" (November 2012) and "Stewardship of Health Care Resources: Allocating Mechanical Ventilators during Pandemic Influenza" (February 2013), were developed as part of the ABIM Foundation's "Putting the Charter into Practice" grant project and are available for CME credit. Other case studies developed this year address "When an Aging Colleague Seems Impaired" and "Preventive Health Screening and the Cognitively Impaired Patient."

"Should doctors 'friend' their patients on social networking sites?"

Read ACP's position paper "Online Medical Professionalism."

CME Credits Available

CME credits are available for completion of the two ethics case studies published on Medscape that are part of the "Stewardship of Health Care Resources" series.

4Practice Support

Offering practice-support tools to enhance the efficiency, quality, and delivery of care

Medical Home Builder

The Medical Home Builder 2.0 (MHB 2.0) is an online tool that helps physicians analyze the workflow of their clinical teams and office staff and improve their ability to provide efficient, coordinated care to patients. Large health care organizations like Independence Blue Cross, Wellpoint, and the National Association of Community Health Centers are using MHB 2.0 to promote patient-centered care practices.

New Modules

Chronic Pain Management and Opioid Risk Management have been added with the goal of helping practices implement a systematic approach to managing patients with chronic pain. In addition, MHB 2.0 will now offer internists the opportunity to use two modules (Immunize Adults and Manage Diabetes Mellitus) to earn Maintenance of Certification points towards Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance.

American EHR Partners Program

The AmericanEHR Partners program is a free, web-based resource to assist physicians with selection and implementation of electronic health records. There are over 20,000 registered users of AmericanEHR Partners and detailed ratings for over 55 certified EHR products. In addition, users can now view real-time data about the number of times each EHR was used to attest for Meaningful Use and for which specialties.

A growing number of professional societies are participating in AmericanEHR Partners including HL7, HIMSS, National eHealth Collaborative, and the American Medical Informatics Association. To help monitor the use and effectiveness of electronic medical records, the AmericanEHR Partners program conducted two important surveys led by ACP—the October 2012 Bipartisan Policy Center survey and the March 2013 HIMSS survey. Results of the surveys provide valuable information for future improvements in certified EHR technology and EHR implementation.

Physician & Practice Timeline:
Professional Requirements & Opportunities

ACP has designed a valuable online Physician & Practice Timeline to help physicians keep on top of important dates and track deadlines for a variety of regulatory, payment, educational, and delivery system changes and requirements.

Immunization Resources

ACP now offers several immunization resources for members and patients including ACP's Adult Immunization Portal, Guide to Adult Immunization [PDF], ACP Immunization Advisor App, and the ACP Practice Advisor Adult Immunization module.

The College issued a policy recommendation that all health care providers be immunized against influenza; diphtheria; hepatitis B; measles, mumps, and rubella; pertussis (whooping cough); and varicella (chickenpox) according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' Adult Immunization Schedule.

ACP received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a three-year, evidence-based program to increase adult immunization rates in five states. Working with ACP chapters in Arizona, Delaware, Northern Illinois, Maryland, and New York, the program will assist up to 100 internal medicine practices in implementing strategies for improving adult immunization rates.

"Providing recommended vaccinations is a core component of preventive health care, leading to improved public health, less suffering, fewer deaths, and lower health care costs."
—David L. Bronson, MD, MACP

Quality Improvement Programs

The College continues to expand its practice-based quality improvement activities through the Center for Quality. ACP in collaboration with CECity, developer of MedConcert®, a social cloud-based performance improvement platform, will pilot a one-year program, "Improving the Quality of Diabetes Care," to test the impact of a technology-based quality improvement program for diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention. ACP is also collaborating with the New York ACP Chapter to develop a national near-miss (safety) registry based on a program that has been available in NY State for several years.

In 2012, the Center was designated a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap is a team-oriented, practice-based online quality improvement program that provides physicians and their healthcare teams with tools to assist with implementation of team-based quality improvement programs. Goals include helping practices analyze practice patterns, identify barriers to care and practice gaps for care, and increase awareness of standards. Current Closing the Gap programs include "Diabetes Care" and "Cardiovascular Risk and Primary and Secondary Prevention." Participants can earn CME and Maintenance of Certification points.

Patient Engagement & Education

Recognizing the importance of incorporating patient engagement in many of its programs, ACP is launching a new Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare in 2013, which will include as well as expand the activities that were formerly part of the ACP Foundation. The Center's mission will focus on empowering patients and caregivers as partners in care, improving their health literacy through patient education materials, and providing decision support tools for physicians that enhance patient care. Several instructional guides and videos for patients and caregivers, along with decision support tools for physicians on several common medical conditions, are now available.

Acute Coronary Syndrome (April 2013)

A patient guide, "Keeping Your Heart Healthy: What You and Your Family Should Do," and 2 patient videos, "Discharge from the Hospital" and "Medications after a Heart Attack"

A physician tool, "Post-Hospitalization—Initial Follow Up Appointment Checklist"

Prediabetes (April 2013)

A patient guide, "Prediabetes: Your guide to reducing your risk for the development of diabetes", and three patient videos, "Prediabetes: An Overview," "Prediabetes and Proper Diet," and "Prediabetes and Increasing Activity"

Alzheimer's Disease(April 2013)

Three videos for physicians, "Alzheimer's Disease Visit 1: Assessing Cognition and Recommending Follow-up," "Alzheimer's Disease Visit 2: Disclosing an Alzheimer's Diagnosis," and "Peer-to-Peer Discussion of Important Aspects of Assessing Cognition and Disclosing Alzheimer's Disease during Primary Care Visits"

Gout (April 2013)

A patient guide, "Relief from Gout: A Guide for Patients" (includes a DVD)

First Ever Patient Expo

ACP, in partnership with Consumer Reports, offered a free health fair to San Francisco residents. The event, entitled "Your Health: Fact, Not Fiction - A Patient Empowerment Expo," was designed to help patients learn the facts about necessary and unnecessary medical tests. The Discovery Channel's chief medical expert, John Whyte, MD, welcomed attendees.

The expo featured content from ACP's High Value Care initiative and gave participants an opportunity to interact with physicians to discuss the value of medical screenings, necessary and unnecessary medical tests, and tips on living a long and healthy life.


Joining other stakeholders in efforts to promote the value of internal medicine, improve patient care, and achieve better health for the population

International Relationships

ACP is committed to expanding our international membership, creating new international chapters, and developing collaborative relationships with other internal medicine societies throughout the world. ACP Ambassadors traveled to international internal medicine meetings in Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, India, Japan, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

ACP International Chapters

ACP now has 14 international chapters in Brazil, Canada (6 chapters), Central America, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. A 15th international chapter, the ACP Southeast Asian Chapter, became active effective July 2013. The new chapter includes the countries of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore. ACP's total international membership is now in excess of 10,000.

ACP India

This year, the College launched operations in India through a series of guest lectures, with plans for training workshops and conferences with international speakers to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices. ACP leaders visited New Delhi in December 2012 to participate in the launch.

Phyllis A. Guze, MD, MACP, Immediate Past Chair of ACP's Board of Regents, traveled to New Delhi, India, in December 2012 to help launch ACP India, an educational program that will feature conferences, training workshops, and international speakers to promote exchange of knowledge and best practices.

Partnerships with other Organizations

ACP formed strategic partnerships with several organizations to help tackle a wide variety of issues important to the College and advance the state of health care in the United States.

In line with creation of the new Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare and recognition of the importance of patients' engagement in their care, the College has established a strong working relationship with outstanding patient and consumer organizations, including the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, and Consumer Reports. These collaborations help us establish a true physician-patient partnership, bringing the patient's voice into the way that we deliver care and providing patients with the most useful clinical and educational resources.

From heart disease and stroke to patient engagement and HIV screening, ACP has given its support to several health care initiatives.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Care about your Care program seeks to help improve care transitions and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.

The Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative, coordinated by the U.S Bone and Joint Initiative, has engaged health care providers from more than 20 leading professional societies and proposed a significant change in the management of osteoarthritis. The initiative hopes to improve patient outcomes by approaching it as a chronic condition, subject to screening for risk factors, prevention-oriented interventions, ongoing monitoring, and comprehensive models typical of other chronic diseases.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Patient Care Program is an effort aimed at eliminating all preventable harms to patients and reducing complications and avoiding patient readmissions.

In recognition of National Primary Care Week 2012, ACP participated in the Voices for Primary Care photo sharing campaign. Primary Care Progress launched the campaign, which is focused on voicing the value of primary care in the U.S. health system. Primary Care Progress is a growing national grassroots network of energized primary care providers, trainees, and primary care supporters coming together in local communities to engage in activities that reinvigorate the field of primary care.

ACP is supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) initiative, "Talk With Your Doctor", a smoking cessation program that is part of the CDC's national tobacco education campaign, Tips from Former Smokers. The goal of "Talk with Your Doctor" is to motivate smokers to work with their physicians to develop a plan for quitting and to encourage doctors to use the CDC's "Tips" as an opportunity to start a dialogue with patients who use tobacco.

The Joining Forces campaign is a national initiative championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden that provides service members and their families opportunities and support in the areas of wellness, employment and education.

Subspecialty Society Leadership Summit

ACP held its first "Internal Medicine and Subspecialty Society Leadership Summit" in Washington, DC. The goal of the summit was to enhance the dialogue between ACP and the internal medicine subspecialty societies to improve the profession through collaboration, coordinated policy efforts, and effective advocacy. More than 60 subspecialty society officers and executive leaders attended the event and agreed that care coordination between primary care physicians and subspecialty consultants is a critical issue. As a result, ACP's Council of Subspecialty Societies will lead an effort to promote High Value Care Coordination.

Information about other partnerships can be found on ACP's collaborations page.

Making Connections

Connect with your peers and keep up to date

Special interest groups

ACP offers members access to online communities in which physicians share experiences, questions, and creative solutions with like-minded peers. Discussion groups include hospital medicine, small practices, work/life balance, Accountable Care Organizations/new practice models, emerging technologies, clinician educators, and many more.

ACP on the Go

Mobile versions of Annals and MKSAP make it easy for members to stay informed and connected to all of the latest news and clinical updates. New apps for Annals iPad edition, MKSAP 16 Digital, and ACP's Clinical Guidelines are now available.