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What ACP Advocacy Did For You and Your Patients in 2020
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.