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December 17, 2021
Congressional News and Perspective
Congress still working on legislation regarding the Build Back Better Act, Lorna Breen bill and appropriations spending
ACP Regulatory News
ACP Voices Support for Parts of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Payment Rule
Recent movement in Congress offers relief from Medicare payment cuts that would have led to a major reduction for 2022
In Case You Missed It
ACP participated in the 4th Health IT Leadership Roundtable held on October 5th and helped develop a white paper with key recommendations for the future of health IT. The paper emphasizes that health IT principles (such as data access, data standardization, interoperability, and privacy and security) should be implemented to advance health equity and public health systems.
This week, enrollment opened for 2022 Health Insurance Marketplace plans. Plans on the federal marketplace will be open until Jan. 15, but the deadline may vary for states that operate their own marketplaces. ACP has put together resources to help physicians and their staff get the word out about enrollment opportunities and educate their patients about community-based health insurance enrollment assistance. Learn more on the Advocacy section of ACPonline.
ACP's Advocates for Internal Medicine network has issued an action alert, asking network members to send a letter to their senators urging them to reach final agreement on massive social spending bill known as the Build Back Better Act/BBBA (H.R. 5376). Find the alert and instructions on how you can take action on ACP's Legislative Action Center. You can learn more about ACP's Advocates for Internal Medicine and how interested ACP members can participate in federal advocacy on the Advocacy section of ACPonline.
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