ACP’s advocacy priorities seek to promote policy reforms on the federal level through legislative, regulatory, and executive actions that benefit the overall health and well-being of patients, physicians, and the practice of internal medicine.
Protect patients’ access to care by ensuring fair and appropriate physician compensation, including annual inflationary adjustments, and policies that support physicians’ transition from fee-for-service (FFS) to value-based models of care.
Put “Patients Before Paperwork” by advancing policies that will eliminate unnecessary red tape and improve prior authorization processes for patients and their physicians.
Support policies that preserve access to telehealth services, improve the integration of behavioral health in primary care, and extend premium support and tax credits for enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans.
Promote policies that protect and preserve patient-physician relationships, including access to reproductive health care, LGBTQ+ and gender-affirming care, and ensure non-physician health care professionals perform within their scope of practice.
Increase investments in federal programs that support and expand the primary care physician workforce, such as funding for Graduate Medical Education (GME), loan deferment initiatives, enable international medical graduates (IMGs) to practice in rural and underserved areas, and fund federal health professions programs that expand primary care training and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the healthcare workforce.
Support policies that will help leverage technology, including augmented intelligence, to improve patient care and reduce administrative and practice burdens on physicians. Promote policies to ensure technology is used in appropriate ways to enhance patient care, and not to discriminate or inappropriately restrict patient access to care.
Support policies that improve the pricing and transparency, and increase access, affordability, and availability of prescription drugs.
Reduce firearms-related injuries and deaths through investments in research and much needed evidence-based policy reforms at all levels of government.