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March 6, 2020
ACP Policy News
Policy paper provides way forward for reducing disparities and providing ‘equitable access to high-quality health care.’
Congressional News and Perspective
ACP supports legislation proposed by House Ways and Means Committee that mandates mediation for out-of-network bills.
Proposed budget includes cuts to CDC, Medicare and Medicaid, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH and funding for physician training.
Up-to-date educational content from ACP includes “Novel Coronavirus: A Physician's Guide,” a free online learning activity that can be easily accessed on handheld devices and provides a clinical overview of infection control and patient care guidance, and a podcast, “Novel Coronavirus: What the Clinician Needs to Know.” A new COVID-19 online discussion forum where ACP members can discuss the issue with colleagues and with ACP leaders who are ID subspecialists. For these coronavirus education activities, ACP members may report their learning time for CME credit without charge. ACP members are asked to share these resources with others in the health care community. Additional information on the novel coronavirus is also available on ACP's Resource Hub on ACPOnline.org.
ACP Advocates to Federal Government on Novel Coronavirus
In addition to the clinical resources and information being distributed to members, ACP has also been advocating to the federal government on additional measures that could help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. In letters sent earlier this week to congressional leadership and the Trump administration, ACP advocated for funding and resources that would allow the federal government to purchase adequate supplies for testing, treatment, protection of health care professionals, and development of vaccines. Additional information can be found in the letter to Congress and the letter to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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