Introducing the PCMH Neighbor & Implementing Health Care Reform

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October 22, 2010
In this issue
» Neighbor Concept Opens PCMH to More Physician Practices

» Change in Medicare Rules Adds Annual Wellness Checkup

» Comparative Effectiveness Research Gaining Wide Support

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.

Our first story this week is about a new policy paper developed by ACP's Council of Subspecialty Societies (CSS).  The Patient Centered Medical Home Neighbor: The Interface of the Patient Centered Medical Home with Specialty/Subspecialty Practices is a crucial piece toward completing the picture of how the patient centered medical home will work across different health care settings.  The paper reflects the hard work of volunteer ACP members who worked over many months, under the auspices of the CSS, to better define the relationship between subspecialists and the PCMH, including reimbursement for subspecialists' roles in coordinating care with PCMH.  It has been endorsed by many of our subspecialty societies. 


I’m excited about our second story.  This week we’re introducing a new series of articles about the implementation of health care reform.  Health Care Reform in Practice will offer you information and guidance on how the new law will affect you, your patients, and your practice.  The debate over the law’s passage was certainly contentious; however, no matter how you feel about the law, you’ll need to be prepared for the changes taking place.  We believe this series will be an important resource for you.  Look for a new story in the next issue.


Finally, our third story is an overview of some of the new information coming out about comparative effectiveness research. Both the health care reform legislation and some of the earlier economic stimulus legislation, contain provisions to encourage the development of comparative effectiveness data.  With those laws I expect we’ll see the interest in this area growing rapidly. 

For more coverage of what’s happening in Washington, take a look at my award-winning blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty.  Now you can also follow me on Twitter @BobDohertyACP. 

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
» Neighbor Concept Opens PCMH to More Physician Practices
  New ACP policy paper points to need for collaboration to ensure success

Not just primary care physicians but specialists, subspecialists and other health-care professionals have vital roles to play in patient-centered medical homes, stresses a new American College of Physicians policy paper.

Primary care practices wi... » Click to read the full article

» Change in Medicare Rules Adds Annual Wellness Checkup
  New benefit, included in health-reform law, kicks in Jan. 1

Internists may finally have the luxury of spending a little more time with older patients on preventive health care.

Effective Jan. 1, Medicare ben... » Click to read the full article

» Comparative Effectiveness Research Gaining Wide Support
  Technological advances will simplify information-gathering, expert says

Consider this:

What's really the best age for a patient to get a screening mammogram? Or a prostate specific antigen screening? When a patient complains of chest pain, which test should a physician recommend: an exercise stress t... » Click to read the full article

In focus
You're Invited: A Call with CMS Administator Dr. Berwick
Next Friday, Oct. 29, Dr. Don Berwick, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will hold a conference call to talk about CMS's role in health care reform. The free call, at 2:30 pm, Eastern Time, is being sponsored by ACP, the American College of Cardiology, American Medical Women's Association, the Committee of Interns and Residents, the Society of General Internal Medicine and Doctors for America. Registration is available online.

Internship Opportunity in ACP’s Washington Office
The College’s Washington office is now accepting applications for a newly-created Health Policy Internship Program. The interns will work with ACP staff to plan ACP’s annual Leadership Day and will be responsible for researching and presenting students and residents at Leadership Day with information on health policy issues relevant to those groups. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited medical school or internal medicine training program and a member of ACP. One Associate member and one medical student member will be chosen for the month-long, spring internship. Additional details are available on the College website.

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