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ACP Advocate Newsletter

Edited by the College's Washington, DC Governmental Affairs Division, the ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly, e-newsletter created to provide ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.

April 17, 2015

The SGR Repealed, Health IT Interoperability, and Changes to Short-Term Hospital Stays

In this issue: The SGR has finally been repealed in a 92-8 vote on the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act; ACP provides input on the government's proposed "road map" toward interoperability in health IT; MedPAC plans to suggest changes to rule on short-term hospital stays.

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April 3, 2015

Developments on SGR Repeal and ACP's Dynamic Guide for Congress

In this issue: The Senate took recess without passing legislation on SGR Repeal, and they're set to return on April 13 - the issue looks at the House vote, the legislation itself, and the probable effects of legislation. We also go over how doctors might move forward without the SGR; We also cover ACP's Dynamic Guide for Congress, with up-to-date details on important legislative updates for health care issues that are important to internists.

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March 20, 2015

ACA Enrollment Figures, New Study on Physician Shortage, and ACP on Firearms

In this issue: A bill for SGR repeal has been introduced in the house; ACA enrollment numbers look good after the second open enrollment period; A new report details a looming physician shortage in the United States; ACP joins with other organizations calling for action on the public health issue of firearm-related injuries and death.

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March 6, 2015

ACP Weighs In on President's Budget Proposal, King v. Burwell, ICD-10, and Surgeon General

In this issue: ACP keeps a close eye on budget negotiations between the President and Congress; King v. Burwell takes the spotlight at the Supreme Court, and ACP files an amicus brief; ICD-10 approaches and physicians need to be prepared; The US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, MD, an ACP member, discusses his priorities.

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February 20, 2015

ACP Offers Recommendations to CMS, Coalition on Rx Pricing, and Progress in Health IT

In this issue: ACP and other groups send a joint letter to CMS with concerns over the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Accountable Care Organizations; The Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing shines a spotlight on high drug costs; New efforts on the health IT front focus on interoperability to make medical technology more of a help to doctors and patients than a hindrance.

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February 6, 2015

Value-Based Medicare Reimbursement, ACP's 2015 Legislative Priorities, and 2014 Advocacy Wins

In this issue: Medicare plans to change the way physicians are reimbursed in an effort to emphasize value in the care given to patients; Though Congress is often in gridlock, ACP is lining up legislative goals for the year; Though 2014 was a difficult year in Washington, ACP was still able to gain achievements on several fronts.

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January 23, 2015

The ACA's 2015 Challenges, ACP on Clinical Documentation, and Ending Site of Service Fees

In this issue: The Affordable Care Act is set to face several challenges in 2015, including consideration of subsidies in federal exchanges by the Supreme Court and initial fines for noncompliance; ACP's Medical Informatics Committee released a paper that tackles reform of the clinical documentation system so that coding and compliance rules don't interfere with the best patient care; As a member of the Alliance for Site-Neutral Payment Reform, ACP is advocating for reform that would remove site-of-service fees.

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January 9, 2015

States Tackle Pay Parity & Medicaid Expansion, ACA Programs Helping Cut Hospital-Acquired Conditions

In this issue: As a new Congress starts, states start considering state-based solutions to replacing the federal Medicaid Pay Parity program and Medicaid expansion as a whole; A federal report reveals how ACA programs may contribute to a decrease in hospital-acquired conditions; Estimates show that 10 million have gained health insurance coverage since open enrollment started - we take a look at how progress has been made and could be made in the future.

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