November 17, 2023

ACP Advocate

Regulatory News

Final 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Includes Implementation of G2211 Code, but Payment Cuts Remain

ACP urges members to reach out to legislators to encourage them to maintain implementation of G2211, work toward long-term reform of Medicare payments to physicians.

Proposed Information Blocking Rule Aims to Increase Patient Access to Medical Records With Potential Risks for Clinicians

ACP is reviewing the proposed rule to determine the impact on members.

Congressional News and Perspective

ACP Calls on Senate to Better Protect Older Individuals From Deceptive Medicare Advantage Plans

In a statement to the Senate Finance Committee, ACP says more program transparency, up-to-date clinician directories and passage of key legislation are needed to improve MA plans.

Quick Hit

Register Now for ACP's and Annals of Internal Medicine's Forum on Controversies in Colorectal Cancer Screening

ACP members can register for ACP's and Annals of Internal Medicine's virtual live event “Controversies in Colorectal Cancer Screening,” to be held Dec. 6 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET. A panel of experts will discuss screening options based on diagnostic test accuracy, effectiveness, and potential harm and will also address questions submitted before the event. The forum will be moderated by Ana María López, MD, MPH, MACP, professor of medical oncology and integrative medicine and nutritional sciences and a faculty fellow of Jefferson Humanities and Health at Sidney Kimmel Medical College; director of integrative oncology and associate director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center; and a National Cancer Institute-designated senior advisor on ambulatory telehealth for Jefferson Health Telemedicine Program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

The panelists joining the discussion include:

  • Michael Bretthauer, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at the University of Oslo, chair of the clinical research center in the department of transplantation medicine at Oslo University Hospital, gastroenterologist at Oslo University Hospital, and associate editor for Annals of Internal Medicine;
  • Carol A. Burke, MD, FACP, polyposis section leader at the Sanford R. Weiss, MD, Center for Hereditary Colorectal Neoplasia and program director for the Carol A. Burke, MD-Sheetz Family Endowed Fellowship in Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer Syndromes at the Cleveland Clinic; and
  • Carolyn Janet Crandall, MD, MS, MACP, professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Chair of ACP's Clinical Guidelines Committee.

Registration is required to participate in the virtual forum. A recording will be freely available to view after the event.

In Case You Missed It

ACP Leaders Advocate to Increase Investment in Primary Care

In a new op-ed published in Medical Economics, ACP's Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, MACP and Senior Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer Shari M. Erickson, MPH voice the necessity of creating a nationwide strategy to invest more in primary care. When communities have robust primary care systems in place, people stay healthier and live longer at less cost to our health care system overall.

The authors assert that primary care is in crisis and call on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide primary care services at a national scale by adopting a hybrid primary care payment model within Medical Shared Savings Program (MSSP) that empowers primary care by paying upfront for most primary care services. Hybrid payment allows primary care to continue to improve health and health equity while managing health care resources and technology effectively.

Have You Downloaded the New Member-Exclusive ACP Connect App Yet?

ACP Connect, a member-exclusive app, provides on-the-go access to the latest College news, information, tools and resources, and opportunities to communicate with colleagues.

Features include:

  • Engaging with colleagues in topic-specific groups
  • Searching and adding event listings to personal calendar
  • Customizing a personal News Feed

Visit the ACP Connect app page for download instructions for Apple and Android users and to watch a brief video on how to use the app and its features.

Advocacy News From ACP

ACP Letter Regarding the Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Health and Human Service Programs or Activities Proposed Rule
Letter to HHS supporting changes that would prohibit discrimination in HHS programs so that all patients, including those living with disabilities, receive high-quality equitable care.

ACP Letter of Support for H.R. 5213, the Reducing Medically Unnecessary Delays in Care Act
Letter in support of legislation would reduce excessive administrative paperwork for physicians and protect our nation's seniors from unnecessary delays in care by reforming prior authorization practices in Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D plans.


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