Ooctober 15, 2021

ACP Advocate

ACP Policy News

ACP: Let's Step Up Efforts to Support the VHA

New position paper advocates for funding and support to help the Veterans Health Administration meet the health care needs of veterans.

Patients Before Paperwork

ACP Resources Help Physicians Navigate Changes to the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Regulations

The new rules aim to provide physicians more flexibility while continuing to maintain safeguards against fraud and abuse.

Congressional News and Perspective

ACP Continues to Advocate for Patients and Physicians as Congress Continues 2022 Spending Bill Negotiations

Letters written to Congress in September lay out ACP priorities, including funding for the Health Resources Services Administration, AHRQ, CMS, CDC and NIH.

In Case You Missed It

ACP, YouTube partnering on educational content to counter misinformation around COVID-19 treatment and vaccines

ACP is partnering with YouTube to create new educational content to help combat health misinformation about the COVID-19 virus, vaccination and treatments. The videos will focus on communication strategies for clinicians as well as providing proactive, trusted information in the clinicians' voice.

ACP will provide resources in English and Spanish for physicians on how to assess and address medical misinformation through a series of videos to pro-actively share evidence-based strategies to offer credible information about vaccines for clinicians and the public. In addition, ACP is developing video content for the public to answer their questions about vaccines with trusted information from physicians. The videos will also highlight the challenges around misinformation and focus on where to go for credible medical information.

ACP has expressed its concern about the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 virus, vaccination and treatments, and its detrimental impact on public health. ACP strongly supports the use of science and scientific expertise, based on the best available evidence, in the fight against COVID-19. The spread of inaccurate and incorrect information about COVID-19 hinders our ability to mitigate the spread of the virus and combat the global public health crisis.

Celebrate National Internal Medicine Day on October 28

ACP celebrates National Internal Medicine Day on Wednesday, October 28, and is proud to represent internal medicine specialists and subspecialists who are united by a commitment to excellence and who make a difference in the lives of their patients every day.

Join ACP in sharing your internal medicine pride by:

  • Using the official hashtags – #NationalInternalMedicineDay, #IMProud, and #IMEssential – in social media posts and to flood the internet with internal medicine pride: recognize a colleague, thank a mentor, or tell your story.
  • Updating your social media profile picture to include a National Internal Medicine Day frame. For Facebook, click here. For Twitter, click here
  • Visiting acponline.org/NIMD for more ways to celebrate, including downloadable materials and social media content that you can customize.
  • Following ACP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and like and share our posts.

And mark your calendar for the #NIMdayChat Twitter chat on October 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET co-hosted by ACP's Council of Early Career Physicians, Council of Resident/Fellow Members, and Council of Student Members.

ACP and Annals of Internal Medicine host sixth forum on COVID-19

ACP and Annals of Internal Medicine presented the COVID-19 Forum VI: SARS-CoV-2 Immunology: Clinical Implications on Friday, October 8th. The sixth edition of the forum series featured expert panelists discussing the clinical implications of the immunology of SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 vaccines including the status of booster doses, and the efficacy of vaccination in various groups.

The panelists included:

  • Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine
  • John R. Mascola, MD; Director of Vaccine Research Center (VRC) at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • Camille N. Kotton, MD, Clinical Director of Transplant and Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School Associate Professor

The full recording of the forum is available for replay and is published in Annals of Internal Medicine along with commentary by Christine Laine, MD, MPH, ACP senior vice president and editor-in-chief, Annals of Internal Medicine.

Apply to be an Intern in ACP's Washington, DC Office

The 2022 Health Policy Internship application cycle is now open until Oct. 31. The internship provides a multifaceted opportunity to learn about the legislative process, health policy, and advocacy in organized medicine. Interns will provide assistance with researching and analyzing current issues in health and medical education policy, assisting with on-going advocacy initiatives, and the development of advocacy materials. Interns will have the opportunity to attend congressional hearings, coalition meetings, and accompany government affairs staff on lobby visits to members of congress and their staff and to events. The internship lasts from May 2, 2022 to May 27, 2022 and pays a $4,000 stipend. Find additional information and application instructions on ACP's website.


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