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February 8, 2019

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Advocacy in Action

ACP's Advocacy Agenda for 2019: Stabilizing Insurance Markets, Fighting Firearms Violence and Controlling Drug Costs

College holds hope for bipartisan support for issues that will protect patients and physicians alike.


ACP Regulatory News

ACP Takes Aim at Health IT Problems

Besides better management of health data, College offers federal officials ideas on how to make the system less of a burden on physicians.


Advocacy in Action

Must Medicaid Recipients Have a Job? No, ACP Says in Court Filing

College joins health care groups in opposing work requirements that could harm patients and providers alike.


In Case You Missed It

ACP supports new facility guidelines for safe performance of primary care and gynecology procedures

ACP, along with other health care organizations, supports new guidelines released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Partnership for Women & Families. “The Project on Facility Guidelines for the Safe Performance of Primary Care and Gynecology Procedures in Offices and Clinics” was undertaken to support evidence-informed policy regarding procedures performed in these settings with the goal of furthering health care quality, safety, affordability, and patient experience without imposing unjustified burdens on patients' access to care or on clinicians' ability to provide care within their scope of practice. Read the full guidelines here.


ACP Comments on MedPAC recommendations to end incident to billing

ACP submitted comments to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on the Commission's unanimous vote in favor of draft recommendations to end incident to billing for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Physician Assistants. Incident to billing helps to facilitate and encourage care coordination across a team of clinical professionals and will become more important as we transition increasingly toward alternative payment models and team-based care. ACP has long supported incident to billing because it supports the College's goals to enhance patient care, increase patient access and improve physician productivity. Read the full comment letter here.


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