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Spring 2019 BOG Resolutions

Seventeen (17) resolutions will be heard at the Spring 2019 Board of Governors (BOG) Meeting in Philadelphia. Please review each resolution and then indicate your support or opposition by completing the electronic response form by Tuesday, March 26.

Your comments will be forwarded to your Governor to be used as part of his/her testimony on behalf of the chapter.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Giampietro, BOG Administrator, at Thank you for your input.

(NOTE: Proposed resolutions should be considered confidential information and are intended to be viewed by ACP members only. Under no circumstances should proposed resolutions be shared with the news media or social networking media, nor should they be shared with other individuals and organizations.  Proposed resolutions do not represent ACP policy.)

Resolution 1-S19. Seeking Legislation to Prevent Extending Drug Patents
(Sponsor: Florida Chapter)
Resolution 2-S19. Preventing Pharmaceutical Companies from Rebranding Prescription Generic Medications
(Sponsor: Florida Chapter)
Resolution 3-S19. Allowing Patients Covered Under Federal Health Insurance Programs to be Able to Use Prescription Drug Coupons and Co-pay Cards
(Sponsor: District of Columbia Chapter)
Resolution 4-S19. Applying Anti-Kickback Rules to all Individuals and For-Profit Companies That Provide Healthcare Services
(Sponsor:  District of Columbia Chapter)
Resolution 5-S19. Determining the Average Costs to Medical Practices of Use of Health Information Technology, EHR Enhancements, and Improved Interoperability, and Protecting Physicians from These Costs
(Sponsor: New York Chapter)
Resolution 6-S19. Advocating for Group Medical Visit Reimbursement Provided via Telehealth
(Sponsor: New York Chapter)
Resolution 7-S19. Enhancing the Ability for Clinicians to Provide Advance Care Planning Services to Medicare Beneficiaries by Lowering Time Requirements and Removing Cost Burdens
(Sponsor: Pennsylvania Southeastern Chapter; Co-sponsors: Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico Chapters)
Resolution 8-S19. Amending the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)
(Sponsor: New York Chapter)
Resolution 9-S19. Updating ACP Policy on the Treatment of the Opioid Epidemic
(Sponsor: Florida Chapter)
Resolution 10-S19. Preserving Independent Medical Staffs
(Sponsor: Florida Chapter)
Resolution 11-S19. Developing Policy that Encourages Institution-Based Performance Measurement for Preventable Hospital Readmissions
(Sponsor: Council of Resident Fellow Members)
Resolution 12-S19. Recommending that CMS Credit MOC Participation towards Satisfying the MIPS Quality Improvement Requirement
(Sponsor: California Southern I)
Resolution 13-S19. Developing Policy on Optimal Economic Strategies for Improving Patient Health by Reducing Carbon Emissions
(Sponsor:  Maine Chapter; Co-Sponsors:  Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and New Jersey Chapters)
Resolution 14-S19. Supporting Chapters in Effective and Influential Social Media Communication
(Sponsor: BOG Class of 2022)
Resolution 15-S19. Reevaluating the Current ”Firewall” between the ACP C3 and C6 Divisions
(Sponsor: Florida Chapter)
Resolution 16-S19. Opposing Using the USMLE Step 1 Exam as a Strict Criterion for Residency Applications
(Sponsor: District of Columbia Chapter)
Resolution 17-S19. Opposing Fast Track Medical Education for Non-Physician Health Care Providers
(Sponsor: District of Columbia Chapter)