January 12, 2024

ACP Advocate

ACP Policy News

ACP Provides Guidance for Expansion of Physician-Led Team-Based Care

Policy paper recommendations aim to improve patient outcomes, achieve efficiency, encourage communication and collaboration and expand access to care.

Advocacy in Action

ACP Advocacy Year in Review: 2023 Ushered in Many Positive Changes for Patients and Physicians

2023 was a year of wins with implementation of the G2211 code, launch of the ‘Making Care Primary’ model, extension of telehealth flexibilities and more.

ACP Regulatory News

HHS Finalizes Rule on Health IT Interoperability

The HTI-1 Rule establishes algorithm transparency requirements, adopts interoperability standards and enhances information blocking requirements.

In Case You Missed It

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Medicare Payment Fix

ACP is calling on internal medicine physicians to contact your members of Congress to ask them to include a fix for the 2024 Medicare physician payment cut in the 2024 appropriations package that is currently being negotiated. ACP is asking members of Congress to include H.R. 6683, the “Preserving Seniors' Access to Physicians Act of 2023” in the final package.

Visit ACP's Legislative Action Center to learn more and to take action. A sample email message is provided for you that includes space for you to personalize the letter.

Advocacy News From ACP

ACP Comment Letter to CMS Regarding the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2025 Proposed Rule
Letter to CMS reiterating ACP's belief that all patients should have access to a personal physician and that exceptions to network adequacy requirements for insurance plans should be limited in order to ensure that access.

ACP Statement Expressing Concern about Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Sales of Prescription Medications
Statement from Omar T. Atiq, MD, president, ACP expressing concern about the development of websites that would allow patients to order prescription medications directly from pharmaceutical manufacturers.

ACP Letter of Support for the Preserving Seniors' Access to Physicians Act, H.R.6683
Letter urging Congress to take swift action to stop the Medicare cuts that took effect on Jan. 1 and prevent potential disruptions in patient care by providing payment stability for physicians.

ACP Comments on 2024 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Program Final Rule
ACP letter to CMS making recommendations in response to the notice of final rulemaking regarding changes to the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Quality Payment Program, and other federal programs.

ACP Letter Expressing Concerns with the Equitable Community Access to Pharmacist Services Act
Letter expressing concerns that a bill that expands services performed by pharmacists could lead to potential unintended consequences that result in fragmented care and poor health outcomes for patients.

ACP Letter of Support for the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, H.R.2663/S. 1176
Letter in support of reducing and preventing instances of workplace violence and bolstering workplace safety.

ACP Letter of Support for the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act, H.R. 2584/S.2768
Letter in support of legislation that would provide safety for all health care personnel and patients, including protection against workplace violence faced by physicians and other health care workers.

ACP Letter to Senator Leadership Regarding H.R. 5378, Lower Costs, More Transparency Act
Letter in support of legislation that would promote price transparency among hospitals, health plans, and pharmacy benefits managers.


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