Welcome to The ACP Advocate.
This has been a big week in Washington for health care reform. As noted in our first story, Congress passed the 2010 budget. The new budget provides broad policy direction for Congress to develop legislation to stop physician payment cuts for the next two years and improve payments for primary care, but it leaves the details--including how to pay for both without increasing overall costs--to be worked out later.
Also, early in the week Kathleen Sebelius was confirmed as the new secretary of HHS. With this confirmation, hopefully other health care positions in the administration will soon be filled.
Late on Tuesday Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley of the Senate Finance Committee, released a new paper describing different options for approaching health care reform. We briefly touch on the new paper in our article covering the committee roundtable, but look to our next issue for a more detailed analysis.
And finally, if you’re looking for resources about swine flu be sure to visit ACP’s website. We’re updating our bioterrorism resource page with the latest information.
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: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org.
Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians