Health Reform Dialogue and What ACP Has Been Up To in Washington

The ACP Advocate

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April 03, 2009
In this issue
» Health Care Stakeholders Identify Common Ground

» ACP Member to Lead Health IT

» ACP President Outlines Health Reform Priorities

» Two Courses at Internal Medicine 2009 to Feature Distinguished Policy Experts

About this newsletter

The ACP Advocate is an e-newsletter, edited by the College's Washington, DC governmental affairs division, created to provide you, our members, with succinct news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care. To learn more about ACP's Advocacy and to access the ACP Advocate archives, go to

Welcome to The ACP Advocate.

It’s been a busy week, starting with the release of the Health Reform Dialogue report last Friday. ACP played a critical role in making sure vital elements supportive of primary care were included in the final report. Perhaps, most importantly, the report means it can now be said that there is an emerging consensus for reform from a very broad coalition of stakeholders that includes patients (consumer groups), providers, insurers, employers and others. 

Also in this issue, you’ll find information about an ACP member who has been chosen to lead the Obama administration’s efforts on health information technology. And, you’ll find out what ACP President Jeffrey P. Harris, MD, FACP has been doing in Washington to promote the cause of internal medicine.

Finally, if you’re planning on attending Internal Medicine 2009, check out our last article on courses about health policy that will be offered at the meeting. I’m excited that we were able to draw such illustrious guests to discuss these issues with our members.

For even more about health care reform and other health policy issues, check out my blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty.  I hope you’ll join me over the course of this year, as I discuss ACP’s efforts in guiding health care reform.

And, as always, please send your feedback and suggestions on this newsletter to:

Yours truly,

Bob Doherty
Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians

In the news
» Health Care Stakeholders Identify Common Ground
  Explicit support cited for primary care, payment reform and patient-centered care

HealthDay News -- Leaders of 18 national health organizations representing a wide array of interests have identified a set of "shared views" on a number of policy issues expected to arise as Congress and the president seek to enact health reform legislatio... » Click to read the full article

» ACP Member to Lead Health IT
  David Blumenthal is well-qualified for the task ahead, experts say

HealthDay News -- As the Obama administration's choice to lead the country's health information technology effort, Dr. David Blumenthal will face a host of obstacles, but experts say his health policy and informatics knowledge should serve him well.

... » Click to read the full article

» ACP President Outlines Health Reform Priorities
  Harris asks House panels for payment and policies that support primary care

HealthDay News -- Highlighting the nation's worsening shortage of primary care physicians, Dr. Jeffrey P. Harris, president of the American College of Physicians, urged Congress late last month to enact policies and payment reforms that ensure access to hi... » Click to read the full article

» Two Courses at Internal Medicine 2009 to Feature Distinguished Policy Experts

Distinguished policy experts will be panelists at two courses at Internal Medicine 2009 discussing health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

New Ideas for Reforming the U.S. Health Care System: What Can Be Done to Improve Access, Qua... » Click to read the full article

In focus
ACP Announces Expanded List of Vendors for EHR Partners Program
This week the College announced the new vendors who will participate in the 2009 cycle of ACP’s EHR Partners Program (EPP). The EPP is designed to help physicians and their practices compare EHR systems. The comparisons are based on a database of information - including user ratings, assessments of the EHRs in use, and standardized pricing scenarios. Information on the new vendors will be available on the EPP website in late-April. In the meantime the names of the vendors participating in the new cycle, as well as the evaluations from the 2008 cycle, can be found on the program Web site.

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