Payment Reform and News on the Patient Centered Medical Home

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October 08, 2010
In this issue
» Payment Reform: The Unfinished Business of Health Reform

» Medical Home Builder Adds Features

» Patient-Centered Medical Homes Called Promising but Not Perfect

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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 seems like they just got back to town, but Congress has gone home again to campaign as Election Day fast approaches.  Our first story today, however, looks at a Capitol Hill briefing on payment reform that took place just before they broke.  At the event, former ACP CEO John Tooker, MD, MACP, spoke about what we need to do to reform payments and bring health care spending under control.  Also speaking at the event was Sen. Tom Colburn of Oklahoma. As a licensed physician, he is familiar with the problematic payment system we have in place today.


Our second story this week revisits a new tool from our Center for Practice Improvement and Innovation that was launched earlier this year.  The Medical Home Builder, a web-based product that assists practices in making quality improvements large and small scale, has already undergone its own improvements.  Among the new highlights are interactive features that allow physician practices to learn from each other about practice innovations.


Finally, our third story examines a new report on the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care.  The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions issued the report that says that PCMHs hold promise for improving patient care, but that there is still further study that needs to be done.  

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.  

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Yours truly,

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


In the news
» Payment Reform: The Unfinished Business of Health Reform
  Advocates say new models must encourage quality, efficiency and patient-centered care

Lower costs and better quality of care will go hand in hand with payment reform, contended physicians and policymakers speaking at a recent breakfast meeting sponsored by the American College of Cardiology and The Hill newspaper.

"There wa... » Click to read the full article

» Medical Home Builder Adds Features
  Video tips and discussion forum enable sharing among internists

The practice-transformation tool on the American College of Physicians' Web site just got a whole lot more interactive.

Internists who use ACP's "Medical Home Builder" may submit a short video clip -- no more than five minutes -- highlighting an ... » Click to read the full article

» Patient-Centered Medical Homes Called Promising but Not Perfect
  Challenges include start-up costs and needed changes in physician practices, new report says

Patient-centered medical homes are a "promising and necessary improvement" to the U.S health-care system, though more needs to be known about precisely which services and interventions will have the greatest impact on patients, a new report has found.

... » Click to read the full article

In focus
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.

2010 Policy Compendium Now Available
The updated 2010 ACP Policy Compendium is now available on the College website. The Compendium is a summary of all ACP public policy positions grouped into health care category areas that follow those used in the AMA Policy Compendium to allow for easy cross-referencing. The link is available to ACP members only.

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