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December 7, 2018
ACP Regulatory News
Some moves reflect ACP priorities, but others fall short of hoped-for change.
Advocacy In Action
ACP leads effort to promote a common-sense approach to gun violence.
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Just nine of 18 performance measures relevant to internists within the 2019 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) have been found to be valid measures of physician-level quality performance, according to an analysis by ACP's Performance Measurement Committee.
In light of recent reports about climate change, ACP issued a press statement about the negative impact that climate change is having on public health and patients, and that these effects will worsen without immediate action. ACP's Climate Change Action Plan provides resources and tools to help physicians reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in their practices. Additionally, ACP is a founding member of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, which brings together 22 medical associations representing approximately 550,000 clinical practitioners to address climate change.
ACP is encouraged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that will start the process to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in certain retail outlets and ban menthol cigarettes and cigars. ACP's 2015 policy paper, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, highlighted the dangers that ENDS present to individuals, particularly minors, and called for a ban on flavored tobacco products.
As health care moves toward a more value-based system, it is important that stakeholders align around evidence-based measures that can be influenced by providers and are meaningful to patients. To achieve that goal, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), have partnered with the National Quality Forum (NQF) to be the Core Quality Measures Collaborative's (CQMC) operational home and further improve health care quality for every American.
ACP has released a set of four principles that aims to solidify the role of patients and families in care.
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