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Guide Offers Concise Explanations and ACP's views on Six
March 11, 2015
(Washington) - A concise, dynamic, and selective
resource on the key issues before Congress that have the
biggest impact on patient care was released today by The American
College of Physicians (ACP). Healthcare and the 114th Congress:
A Dynamic Guide to the Top Issues Affecting Internal Medicine
Specialists and Their Patients is a new resource for members
of Congress, the news media, and others.
"We've created a user-friendly site that provides a resource
with a number of links built into it for more in-depth information
or to print and use as a summary guide," said David A. Fleming, MD,
MA, MACP, president of ACP. Bob Doherty, ACP senior vice president
of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, joined Dr. Fleming to
demonstrate the new resource.
Doherty noted the ease-of-use of the Guide while Dr. Fleming
described the importance of the issues to internists. "I often get
frustrated by not having a place to get a short explanation of the
top issues being considered by Congress," Doherty said. "Even when
I find a concise resource, it has a very short shelf-life. As soon
as something changes in Congress, like a bill being reported out of
a committee or a new CBO score, it is out-of-date. I know Hill
staff often expresses the same sense of exasperation. This guide
can help all of us, by offering concise-no more than two pages each
-reports on six issues before Congress, with links to additional
resources, selected because they have the greatest impact on our
members and their patients."
Using as an example one of the two-page issue-specific reports
in the Guide, the Medicare SGR/Physician Payment Reform,
Doherty demonstrated how each report provides easily accessible
information, which he noted will be continually updated throughout
the legislative year, on what the issue is all about, it's current
status, and why Congress needs to address it-with links to analysis
by independent experts like the Brookings Institution, Alliance for
Health Reform, and the Congressional Budget Office, and ACP's own
views and analysis on each.
Dr. Fleming focused his remarks on the impact on internists and
their patients for each of the six issues and ACP
"Today," Dr. Fleming summarized, "the American College of
Physicians calls on Congress to take the following action to ensure
that patients have access to high quality and effective care,
especially access to primary care:
"Let me close by emphasizing why ACP selected these six issues
for inclusion in our new guide," Dr. Fleming concluded. "It's
because what Congress does on each of them will have enormous
consequences for patient care. Congress will determine how we
physicians are paid for our services, whether the federal
government continues or steps back from programs to address the
undervaluation of primary care, whether it remains committed to
training enough skilled physicians needed to meet rising demand,
and whether millions of our patients will lose access to health
The American College of Physicians is the
largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest
physician group in the United States. ACP members include 141,000
internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists,
and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists
who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the
diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the
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