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, go to www.acponline.org/advocacy
|Welcome to the ACP Advocate
Do you wonder why Washington is able to rescue Wall
Street--but can't find the will or the way to improve our health
Then The ACP Advocate is for you.
The ACP Advocate is a brand new e-newsletter, edited by
the College's Washington, D.C. governmental affairs division,
created to provide you, our members, with succinct news about public
policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care. Starting
with today's inaugural issue, The ACP Advocate will:
- Provide you with hard, late-breaking news on the most
important public policies affecting internists, written by a
seasoned Washington journalist.
- Inform you about what ACP is doing on your behalf.
- Suggest ways that you can have your views heard by the
College and policymakers.
Every two weeks, you will learn about such critical issues
- What the 2008 elections and a new President and Congress may
mean for the future of the American health care system.
- What Washington has in mind to reverse the growing shortage of
- How Congress plans to fix the Medicare physician payment
system and stop a 20% cut in 2010.
The ACP Advocate is just one of the new communications
vehicles being launched by the College to inform members about
public policy. Next week, ACP will be launching The ACP Advocate
blog with Bob Doherty, a new public policy blog to provide you and
other interested readers with thoughtful commentary on the most
intriguing and ground-breaking public policy ideas being proposed to
improve our health care system.
We hope you enjoy reading The ACP Advocate and welcome
your feedback and suggestions on content, "readability" and anything
else that comes to mind. You can send your comments directly to me
Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and
American College of
the news |
||Primary-Care Shortage Spawns
||Efforts run the gamut from targeted
fixes to longer-term solutions|
HealthDay News -- The looming shortage of generalist
physicians in the United States is spurring a wave of public-
and private-sector experimentation.
The recent report by researchers from the University of
Missouri and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
projecting that the nation will experience a shortage of as
many as 44,000 generalists to care for adults by 2025, has put
an ... » Click to read the full article
American College of
||Preserving Patient Access to Primary Care Act
Introduced in House|
||Act comprehensively addresses crisis
in access to primary care |
The Preserving Patient Access to Primary Care Act, H.R.
7192, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep.
Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) on Sept. 27.
ACP worked closely with Rep. Schwartz and other primary
care organizations -- including AAP, AAFP and AOA -- to
craft the new legislation. "We are confident the bill
addresses the reasons for the shortfall in...
» Click to read the full article
||Economy May Dictate the Kind of Health Care
Reform to be Adopted|
||Affordability may be key to whether
Obama's or McCain's plan will fly|
HealthDay News -- John McCain and Barack Obama have
outlined ambitious health reform strategies that differ
sharply along philosophical lines. But the shaky economy may
be the ultimate arbiter as to whether either -- or neither --
will be undertaken.
While McCains plan focuses on expanding individual
insurance coverage, Obama seeks to plug gaps in employer-based
coverage by subsidizing people ... » Click to read the full article
||Bad Economy Doesn't Shake Candidates' Faith in
their Healthcare Plans|
||McCain, Obama vow to expand access,
HealthDay News -- In their final debate before the Nov. 4
election, John McCain and Barack Obama told the nation they
intend to adhere to their respective plans for controlling
costs and expanding access to health care, despite an ailing
Democratic candidate Obama also put the Medicare Advantage
plans on notice that he would consider cutting the subsidies
they receive above-and-beyond... » Click to read the full article
||Patient Centered Medical Home Comes of
||Patient-centered primary care
collaborative summit grows in size and significance
The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) clearly is not in
the shallow end anymore. The PCMH's team-based patient care
model is attracting interest because it places the patient --
and their relationship with a primary care physician -- at the
center of care.
The PCMH model calls for a personal physician to provide
continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient's
lifetime. As envisione... » Click to read the full article
|The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative
OCT. 17TH MEETING COVERAGE: The
American College of Physicians (ACP), an active member of the
Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), helped
formulate the 'Joint Principles of the Patient Centered Medical
|Patient Centered Medical Home Statements of
The patient-centered medical home
model is generating broad support among a wide and diverse range of
important health care stakeholders. They share the goals of improved
delivery of comprehensive primary care and focus on better outcomes
for patients, more efficient payment to physicians and better value,
accountability and transparency to purchasers and consumers. Read
the Statements of Support and how the patient-centered medical home
is assuming a pivotal role in helping reform the U.S. health care
Find out where
the presidential candidates stand on the issues important to