ACP Urges Action in the Lame Duck Session, Influences AMA Policy

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December 05, 2014

Welcome to The ACP Advocate,

Our first article details ACP's continued efforts to urge Congressional action on key health care issues by the end of 2014. 

ACP is joining with other major medical societies to urge Congressional action on pressing Medicare and Medicaid issues during the lame-duck session this month. Specifically, ACP is asking Congress to repeal the Medicare SGR and to continue the program that pays for Medicaid services at a rate on par with Medicare payments.

Our second article summarizes how ACP added its voice to advocacy issues at the AMA meeting last month. The meeting offered the nation's physicians an opportunity to hear from a wide variety of voices on issues ranging from prior authorization to medical licensure. 

One of ACP's top priorities at the meeting was to urge passage of a resolution, which the College co-sponsored with the American College of Rheumatology, regarding intrusive prior authorization programs, like one in Florida that requires prior authorization for a variety of lab tests. Although the resolution was not adopted, ACP believes its intent was as delegates to the meeting adopted a similar resolution, directing the AMA to work to protect doctors and patients from the burden of reauthorization and study the issue to determine the burden it poses.


Until our next issue and for more coverage of what's happening in Washington take a look at my award-winning blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob DohertyYou can also follow me on Twitter @BobDohertyACP.


As always, please send your feedback and suggestions on this newsletter to: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org.

Yours truly,

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

In the news
» ACP Keeps Pressure on Congress to Resolve Key Health Care Issues by Year's End

Fixing the SGR and continuing Medicaid pay parity top College's wish list for lame-duck session

The American College of Physicians is joining with other major medical societies to urge congressional action on pressing Medicare and Medicaid issues during the lame-duck session this month.

Spec... (read more)

» ACP Adds Its Voice to Advocacy Issues at AMA Meeting

Medicaid pay parity and medical licensure regulations among topics noted by College delegates

The American Medical Association's interim meeting in Dallas in November offered the nation's physicians an opportunity to hear from a wide variety of voices, including the American College of Physicians, a... (read more)

In this issue
» ACP Keeps Pressure on Congress to Resolve Key Health Care Issues by Year's End
» ACP Adds Its Voice to Advocacy Issues at AMA Meeting

In focus
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