2015 Archives

December 18, 2015

Improving Meaningful Use, Insurance Network Guidelines, and the AMA Interim Meeting

In this issue: ACP sends a letter to CMS on Meangingful Use requirements; ACP encourages physicians in state advocacy on adoption of new guidelines governing networks of physicians, hospitals, and other providers; Highlights from the AMA Interim meeting in November.

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December 4, 2015

ACP's Input on MACRA Implementation and Concerns Over Insurance Mergers

In this issue: ACP responds to a request for information (RFI) from CMS on implementation of MACRA, which replaced the SGR earlier this year; ACP communicates its concerns to the Department of Justice Antitrust Division over pending mergers between some of the largest U.S. health insurance companies.

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November 13, 2015

News on Medicare Payments to Physicians in 2016

In this issue: ACP reviews the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule; An overview of the budget deal from the perspective of health care; ACP releases a paper on direct patient contracting practices.

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October 30, 2015

Next Round of ACA Enrollment, ACP's Grant from CMS

In this issue: The third open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act kicks off on Sunday; ACP receives a grant from CMS for a project to transform clinical practices to improve patient outcomes and drive down cost.

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October 16, 2015

Preserving the Primary Care Bonus, ACP's Paper on Retail Clinics, and Rising Drug Costs

In this issue: ACP puts the pressure on legislators to keep the primary care bonus; A new position paper on the role of retail health clinics; Prescription drug pricing is fraught with issues, which led to ACP joining the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing earlier this year.

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October 2, 2015

Putting Patients Before Paperwork, ACP on Physician-Assisted Suicide, and Medicaid Expansion

In this issue: ACP unveils its Patients Before Paperwork initiative which pushes for reforms to reduce burden on physicians; ACP weighs in on the California bill on physician-assisted suicide, pushing against the medicalization of suicide; New census data shows more Americans have health insurance, and ACP pushes for Medicaid expansion to continue the trend.

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September 18, 2015

ACP Advocacy Priorities, Telemedicine Usage, and Immigration Reform

In this issue: A look at what Congress has on its plate for the remainder of the year and how it affects ACP advocacy; ACP's recently published position paper on the use of telemedicine in primary care settings; Given recent conversation on the campaign trail, ACP reaffirms its position on undocumented immigrants.

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September 4, 2015

ICD-10 Implementation on the Horizon, ACP's Centennial, and 50 Years of Medicare/Medicaid

In this issue: Several physician members of ACP discuss how they have been gearing up for the switch to ICD-10 on October 1st; ACP celebrates 100 years and discusses how advocacy has changed as part of the College during that time; ACP reflects on 50 years of the Medicare/Medicaid programs and how they have changed health care for physicians and patients.

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August 21, 2015

ACP Responds to 2016 Proposed Fee Schedule, Publishes Position Paper on Behavioral Health

In this issue: ACP's response to the 2016 Proposed Fee Schedule focuses on payment for advance care planning, chronic care management, and value-based payment implementation; ACP's recent position paper focuses on behavioral health as a component of primary care.

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July 17, 2015

ACP Applauds Supreme Court, Engages with Congress on Chronic Care

In this issue: Coverage of ACP's response to Supreme Court decisions on the tax subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage; A review of efforts being made to improve care for individuals with chronic conditions.

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June 26, 2015

A Final Rule on ACOs, Richard Neubauer Award Recipient, and ACP at the AMA Annual Meeting

In this issue: CMS releases a final rule on regulations for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs); Dr. Robert Allison receives this year's Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award; ACP plays a major role at the AMA Annual Meeting with a number of successes on various topics.

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June 12, 2015

What Can ACP Tell Me About Alternative Payment Models?

In this issue: A look at ACP's 2015 Leadership Day as members converged in Washington, DC to present their message to our nation's leaders; A review of Alternative Payment Models (APMs), one of two options for practices moving forward following SGR repeal; ACP's health policy advocacy internship for residents and medical students.

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May 22, 2015

LGBT Care Recommendations, Info on the MIPS, and ACP's New Leadership

In this issue: ACP issues a new policy paper with recommendations to improve the quality of care for LGBT patients; Big decisions will be made in the coming years as physicians choose between alternative payment models (APMs) and the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS); Take a look at ACP's new leadership - Dr. Wayne Riley serves as president and Dr. Tanveer Mir serves as chair of the Board of Regents.

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May 8, 2015

ACP's Advocacy Agenda, Embracing the Post-SGR Era, and New E-Cig Policy

In this issue: ACP lines up its advocacy agenda following success with SGR repeal; The new payment pathways available to physicians provide options for the future; The College releases a new policy paper concerning Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems.

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April 17, 2015

The SGR Repealed, Health IT Interoperability, and Changes to Short-Term Hospital Stays

In this issue: The SGR has finally been repealed in a 92-8 vote on the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act; ACP provides input on the government's proposed "road map" toward interoperability in health IT; MedPAC plans to suggest changes to rule on short-term hospital stays.

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April 3, 2015

Developments on SGR Repeal and ACP's Dynamic Guide for Congress

In this issue: The Senate took recess without passing legislation on SGR Repeal, and they're set to return on April 13 - the issue looks at the House vote, the legislation itself, and the probable effects of legislation. We also go over how doctors might move forward without the SGR; We also cover ACP's Dynamic Guide for Congress, with up-to-date details on important legislative updates for health care issues that are important to internists.

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March 20, 2015

ACA Enrollment Figures, New Study on Physician Shortage, and ACP on Firearms

In this issue: A bill for SGR repeal has been introduced in the house; ACA enrollment numbers look good after the second open enrollment period; A new report details a looming physician shortage in the United States; ACP joins with other organizations calling for action on the public health issue of firearm-related injuries and death.

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March 6, 2015

ACP Weighs In on President's Budget Proposal, King v. Burwell, ICD-10, and Surgeon General

In this issue: ACP keeps a close eye on budget negotiations between the President and Congress; King v. Burwell takes the spotlight at the Supreme Court, and ACP files an amicus brief; ICD-10 approaches and physicians need to be prepared; The US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, MD, an ACP member, discusses his priorities.

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February 20, 2015

ACP Offers Recommendations to CMS, Coalition on Rx Pricing, and Progress in Health IT

In this issue: ACP and other groups send a joint letter to CMS with concerns over the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Accountable Care Organizations; The Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing shines a spotlight on high drug costs; New efforts on the health IT front focus on interoperability to make medical technology more of a help to doctors and patients than a hindrance.

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February 6, 2015

Value-Based Medicare Reimbursement, ACP's 2015 Legislative Priorities, and 2014 Advocacy Wins

In this issue: Medicare plans to change the way physicians are reimbursed in an effort to emphasize value in the care given to patients; Though Congress is often in gridlock, ACP is lining up legislative goals for the year; Though 2014 was a difficult year in Washington, ACP was still able to gain achievements on several fronts.

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January 23, 2015

The ACA's 2015 Challenges, ACP on Clinical Documentation, and Ending Site of Service Fees

In this issue: The Affordable Care Act is set to face several challenges in 2015, including consideration of subsidies in federal exchanges by the Supreme Court and initial fines for noncompliance; ACP's Medical Informatics Committee released a paper that tackles reform of the clinical documentation system so that coding and compliance rules don't interfere with the best patient care; As a member of the Alliance for Site-Neutral Payment Reform, ACP is advocating for reform that would remove site-of-service fees.

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January 9, 2015

States Tackle Pay Parity & Medicaid Expansion, ACA Programs Helping Cut Hospital-Acquired Conditions

In this issue: As a new Congress starts, states start considering state-based solutions to replacing the federal Medicaid Pay Parity program and Medicaid expansion as a whole; A federal report reveals how ACA programs may contribute to a decrease in hospital-acquired conditions; Estimates show that 10 million have gained health insurance coverage since open enrollment started - we take a look at how progress has been made and could be made in the future.

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