Welcome to The ACP Advocate.
Our first story this week takes a closer look at the effect that the change in power in the House might have on health care policy. While we’re likely to see some changes over the next year (and hopefully some improvements), I think a complete repeal of the health care reform legislation is unlikely.
Our second story this week is about the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the changes it included for the Primary Care Incentive Payment program. As I briefly mentioned in our last issue, CMS adopted recommendations made by ACP to make this program more inclusive. Read the article for more details about the fee schedule, and then check out the College’s Q&A (linked to next to this letter) for more information about how this program may affect you specifically.
Finally, our third story this week looks at a new advocacy project related to the upcoming SGR cuts. In an effort to find a new way to reach out to legislators, we have been working with ACP chapter leaders to send video messages to Congress about the devastating effect this payment cut will have on your practices.
The current Medicare rate extension is set to run out at the end of the month. I hope that in our next issue we’ll have good news to report to you on that front. In the meantime, hearing directly from their constituents is crucial to influencing legislators. Go to ACP’s Legislative Action Center for information on how you can help get the word to Congress.
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: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org
Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians