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ACP Advocate

The ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that provides ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.

CMS releases rules on Physician Fee Schedule, Quality Payment Program; New CMS "Patients Over Paperwork" and "Meaningful Measures" initiatives align closely with ACP's "Patients Before Paperwork" efforts; Update on the current ACA open enrollment period.
ACP responds to Trump's action on the opioid epidemic; Physician labs face cute in reimbursement rates in 2018; ACP criticizes Administration's ending of mandated contraceptive coverage.
ACP lays out how to improve Medicare Advantage plans; An outlook on the upcoming ACA open enrollment; ACP reiterates call to end gun violence.
ACP keeps pressure on Congress even after failed ACA repeal vote; Physician's may see less burden under new Medicare Fee Schedule; Funding for numerous health care programs lapse as Congress fails to act.
An update on the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal efforts; ACP reacts to Trump Administration's decision to phase out DACA program; House Subcommittee to work with ACP and others on reducing regulatory burdens in Medicare; Congressional Democrats and President Trump cut a surprise budget deal to keep the government open.
ACA's prospects in 2018 following repeal efforts; ACP recognizes hate crimes as public health issue; Recap of ACP's QPP comments in feedback to CMS
Summary: Despite Senate defeat of repeal bill, ACA fight far from over; Deadline approaching for physicians to 'Pick Your Pace'
Latest update on congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act; ACP advocates for Medicaid and maintenance of certification at AMA annual meeting
Recap of ACP's 2017 Leadership Day; Overview of ACP's recently released forward looking policy agenda; Profiling Dr. Stuart Henochowicz, winner of the Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine award.
A look at the updated CBO report on the AHCA; Exploring ACP's High Value Care Coordination Toolkit; Trump religious freedom Executive Order could violate patient's rights
Coalition of primary care docs take to the Hill against AHCA; ACP reacts to recent budget agreement; An in-depth look at TCPi resources
House passes American Health Care Act; Chronic care legislation introduced in Senate; Profiles of new ACP leadership
Looking at the future of ACA subsidies during repeal negotiations; Profiling ACP's practice transformation tools and resources; ACP unveils new tool to assist physicians with Quality Payment Program requirements.
ACP continues to oppose legislative efforts to rollback ACA coverage levels and standards; College issues papers addressing the substance abuse disorder crisis and reducing administrative burdens for physicians
Impact of ACA repeal and ACP advocacy efforts in opposition; ACP joins coalition around health impacts of climate change; ACP signs onto Supreme Court amicus brief in support of transgender rights.
ACP's take on the American Health Care Act, President Trump's travel ban executive order; Court rulings on firearms in Florida and Maryland lead to ACP's biggest win of 2017; CMS to help physicians in small practices transition to QPP.
A look at the impact of ACA repeal; Perspective and explanation of latest ACA open enrollment numbers
ACP acts on travel ban executive order; Internal medicine takes to the Hill to support ACA; DOJ blocks proposed Aetna and Humana, Cigna and Anthem insurance mergers
ACP advocates for MACRA improvements to make it less burdensome and more meaningful to physicians and patients; Group of U.S.Senators has introduced an ACP-supported bill to allow Medicare to directly negotiate the price of drugs
ACP expresses disappointment at passage of budget resolution initiating ACA repeal; Department of Veterans Affairs grants full practice authority to advanced practice nurses; U.S. Surgeon General issues report about the danger of e-cigarettes to youth
Congress approves health care funding through passage of the 21st Century Cures Act as well as continuing resolution; AMA signs on to ACP-supported "call to action" on firearm violence
Voters decide on health care state ballot measures; Surgeon General releases report on addiction, echoing ACP calls for expanded treatment
ACP considers post-election political climate in framing advocacy efforts; Positive changes made in Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule; ACA marketplaces sees enrollment surge following election of President-Elect Trump
ACP applauds changes in released final MACRA rule; Physicians may "pick your pace" in MACRA participation; CMS expands risk reduction and APMs
Independent analysts outline Clinton and Trump's health care plans; ACP members pressure Congress to pass long-term funding for key health care initiatives
ACA meets new uncertainties as it enters its fourth marketplace enrollment year; Online federal resources are highlighted as part of National Health IT Week
CMS releases mostly positive Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposal; CMS rule allows for physician flexibility in MACRA implementation; ACP doctor advocates for pharmaceutical reform with Congressman.
ACP urges congressional action on Zika virus, opioid addiction, health research and primary care amid budget debate; Life and death of Aetna Innovation Labs director highlights need for patient-centered care
An important CPC+ update includes a Sept. 15 participation deadline; ACP-priority legislation recently was passed by Congress and signed by the president. Marking a huge "win" for ACP, it cracks down on opioid abuse.
ACP urges CMS to make some adjustments to its plans for MACRA; Dr. Nitin Damle testifies on drug pricing at Capitol Hill hearing; ACP escalates its efforts to recognize gun violence as a serious threat to public health.
ACP takes stock of the issues that still need to receive attention from Congress this year; CMS agrees to suggestions from physicians on benchmarks for practices in the ACO model; How Dr. Tammy Lin was able to use her experience at Leadership Day to engage in further advocacy.
ACP tells Congress to take the necessary measures to contain the threat of Zika virus; The new Legislative Action Center enhances advocacy abilities for members to better reach Congressional leaders; Coverage of this year's Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award, Dr. Alejandro Moreno.
ACP offers advice and resources on how physicians can prepare for MACRA; Another successful Leadership Day event allowed members to engage with staffers on Capitol Hill; The FDA has put on new regulations on tobacco, earning praise from ACP.
CMS releases details on the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program; Dr. Robert McLean testifies in front of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health regarding MACRA; ACP and AAIM jointly release a paper focused on changes to the financing of graduate medical education.
ACP releases position paper on Climate Change; Giving input to Congress on appropriations for several important health care programs; Survey findings show what has changed in the medical profession and how physicians are responding.
ACP releases position paper on prescription drug costs; CDC's offers new guideline on prescribing opioid painkillers; ACP joins 22 other organizations in calling on CMS to do more to provide appropriate benchmarks for ACOs.
ACP releases position paper on options for Medicaid expansion; Some potential legislative movement on telemedicine may come this year; Kaiser Family Foundation releases a report evaluating various Medicare payment models.
ACP sends comments to CMS on quality measure development; ACP acts as part of a coalition on the process of aligning performance measures with practice; Leadership Day, ACP's annual event allowing members to engage in legislative advocacy, is quickly approaching
ACP works with congress on interoperability for a new law on health IT to be considered in April; Recommendations are submitted on updates to the Stark self-referral law; A new report on patient-centered medical homes finds reductions in cost and unnecessary utilization.
ACP's web page on the major health care issues to consider during the 2016 presidential election; ACP sends a letter to the Senate Finance Committee on ways to improve chronic care; Feedback provided to CMS on changes that need to be made to eMeasures.
ACP submits comments to the CDC on their draft guidelines for prescription of opioids for chronic pain; How the President's executive actions on firearms stack up with ACP policy; Several health care issues make it into the president's State of the Union address.
What physicians need to know about regulations and deadlines in 2016; A review of some of ACP's biggest legislative wins from 2015; Federal spending levels bring some change for health care, especially in research.


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