Over the past year, reform of the U.S. health care system has been the major issue gripping Washington. The highly polarizing debate has taken the country's "eye off the ball"-implementing reforms to make health insurance coverage more affordable, available and secure, to ensure a sufficient supply of primary care physicians and other specialties facing shortages, and to reform payment and delivery systems to achieve better value. The year-long effort to enact comprehensive health care reform remains stalled in Congress, with no clear route forward, yet the urgency of reform is greater than ever.
That's just one topic to be explored at the annual State of the Nation's Health Care briefing by The American College of Physicians (ACP)
When: February 17, 1:00 p.m. (Delayed from original date
of February 10
Where: First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club
Who: Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, FACP, ACP president, and Bob Doherty, ACP senior vice president of government affairs and public policy
Availability: There will be extensive Q&A time following the formal remarks, and interviews may be arranged at other times.
David B. Kinsman, APR
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 129,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.