January 25, 2019

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Administration News

Medicare Considers Changing Payment Rules for Part B Drugs

ACP suggests wide reform of drug pricing issues to ensure patient access and avoid physician burdens.

Advocacy In Action

Efforts to Prevent Firearms Injuries Garner ACP's Support

Advocacy includes backing bills to expand background checks for gun purchases and funding CDC to research firearms violence.

ACP Regulatory News

ACP Speaks Out Against Proposed Change in Physician Performance Measures

Medicare proposal would link reimbursement to patients' hospital readmission rates.

Quick Hits

QPP Participation Status Tool now includes third snapshot of 2018 Qualifying APM Participant (QP) and MIPS APMs data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on calculations from the third snapshot of data from Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities. This means all clinicians and groups should now know definitively whether or not they qualify for QP status in an Advanced APM for the 2018 performance year. Those who qualify as eligible for a 5 percent APM incentive bonus are exempt from participating in MIPS. For more information, visit the QP Methodology Fact Sheet.

Annals of Internal Medicine Blog Highlights Ways to Address Gender Inequity

A new blog in the Annals of Internal Medicine highlights actionable steps medical professionals—both male and female—can take to impact gender equity in medicine. ACP's female leaders stress the importance of advocating for measures that promote inclusion and address, and fix, inequities. For more, read the ACP position paper on gender equity in physician compensation and career advancement.


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