2020 delivered unprecedented challenges but ACP's advocacy continued to work for you. Achieving policy change that improved our members daily practice and your patient's health care.
- Achieved Historic Payment Wins with CMS and Congress
Wins include increased pay for office visit and other E/M codes that will result in an estimated 6% increase in total 2021 Medicare payments to internal medicine physicians.
- Supported Physicians and Patients during COVID-19
Achieved financial assistance for practices; pay parity for telemedicine; Medicare regulatory requirements eased; increased funding for testing and treatment; and increased availability of PPE.
- Addressed Barriers to Care, Disparities, and Discrimination in Health Care
Promoted diversity equity and inclusion, releasing "Racism and Health in the United States" policy; participated in joint arguments to protect the ACA; and opposed rules to deny access to care.
- Policy Development Focus
Addressed promoting prescription drug competition, step-therapy and nonmedical drug switching, and new surprise medical billing provisions; and provided recommendations to the Biden transition team.
- Published New Vision for Comprehensive Health Care Reform
Envisioning a Better U.S. Health Care System for All proposed comprehensive reform of U.S. health care, the importance of which is magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.