October 5, 2018

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Advocacy In Action

Congress and President Sign Off on Funding for Major Health Care Programs

Allocations will keep NIH, CDC, CMS and more running for another year.

Congress Takes Steps to Curb Opioid Epidemic

ACP applauds bipartisan effort, but urges more funding for researching treatment options.

ACP Regulatory News

ACP Suggests Way to Ramp Up Development of New Payment Models

Earlier feedback from oversight committee seen as key to more and better proposals.

In Case You Missed It

ACP's Shari Erickson featured on Harvard University Podcast

ACP's Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Medical Practice, Shari Erickson, recorded a podcast for Harvard University Medical School's Center for Primary Care. Erickson spoke about ACP's response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' E/M code proposals. Listen to the podcast here.

Quick Hits

ACP offers videos, resources to improve patients' health literacy

October is Health Literacy Month and to help educate patients, ACP members have access to resource guides, brochures, and patient fact sheets at ACP's Patient Education Center. All print materials which are written at or below a sixth-grade reading level, are free, and most are available in Spanish. ACP's recent policy paper, Addressing Social Determinants to Improve Patient Care and Promote Health Equity, points out that lack of resources can stifle patients' health literacy and their ability to comprehend basic health care information. Low health literacy has been linked to higher rates of hospitalization and less frequent use of preventive services, both of which are associated with higher health care costs.

Register for MACRA Cost Measures Field Testing Webinar

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will host a MACRA Cost Measures Field Testing Webinar on October 9, 2018 at 12:00-1:30 pm ET in conjunction with field testing activities. This webinar will provide information on field testing and measures to clinicians. There will be a Q&A session, and attendees will be able to submit questions via chat or over the phone. Click here to learn more or register.


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