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, go to www.acponline.org/advocacy
we've noted in every
issue of The
Advocate, 2009 is
going to feature an abundance of opportunities to reform health care.
And, in this issue we look at one of the
people who may be
influential in doing just that.
Senator Tom Daschle has been announced
Obama’s choice for the secretary of Health and Human
Sen. Daschle already has
some of his priorities in health care reform. And,
ACP has already communicated with him
about the pressing need to reverse the shortage of primary care physicians. In a letter requested
by President-elect Obama's transition
team, and sent this week,
ACP President Jeffrey P. Harris, MD,
FACP, urged Sen. Daschle to include funding in the new President's
for a 10% increase in Medicare payments
to internists and other
physicians providing primary care. He
also recommended incentives to
help physicians in smaller
practices acquire health information systems to
patient-centered medical homes.
we also look at programs that may enable you to increase your
reimbursement in 2009. The
Physicians’ Quality Reporting Initiative and the Medicare e-Prescribing
incentive program both offer you the opportunity to earn a bonus by
additional information to CMS.
behalf of the ACP leadership, membership and
wish you all happy holidays and an abundant New
out my Advocacy blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob
Doherty . I hope you’ll join me in examining the
most provocative, ground-breaking and intriguing health policy
come across in my daily work.
Please send your feedback and
suggestions on this newsletter to: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org.
Governmental Affairs and
American College of Physicians
In the news
||PQRI: What to Expect in 2009
||Lag time between reporting and feedback frustrates physicians
HealthDay News -- The U.S. government's Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS) is upping the ante for doctors who
participate in Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting Initiative in 2009 by adding 52 new quality measures and boosting bonus payments a half
percentage point to 2 percent.
But will it be enough to woo
doctors to a program they've found cumbersome?
"I think w...
» Click to read the full article
||Will Medicare Bonus Jump-Start Electronic
||Capital costs, workflow changes may impede
News -- Wresting old-fashioned prescription pads from the hands of the
nation's prescribers remains a formidable challenge, but U.S. Medicare
officials are hoping a new program provides the incentive -- literally --
to get more clinicians to give electronic prescribing a whirl.
In a final rule describing the initiative, the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services said it believes th... » Click to read the full article
||Daschle's Initial Health-Care Reform Philosophy:
||Advocates praise his political savvy and knowledge
of the issue
HealthDay News -- There's little doubt where former Sen. Tom Daschle, Barack
Obama's choice for Health and Human Services Secretary, is going to
concentrate his energies after he's confirmed by the U.S. Senate: His
second title -- director of the White House Office of Health Reform --
points to his highest priority.
After being introduced by Obama
as Health and Human Services Secretary-design... »
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|How to Participate in the Medicare e-Rx
The College's Center for
Practice Improvement and Innovation has put together a website with all of the tools and resources you'll need to help you get started with the 2009 Medicare e-prescribing incentive program. Here you will find an overview of the program and advice on choosing an e-prescribing system. Also, you will find detailed instructions and examples of how to report the
e-prescribing incentive program measure that must be included on your
Medicare claims forms.
|Want to learn more about
In 2009, CMS will be increasing the bonus
payment for participation in PQRI to 2%. Visit ACP’s PQRI Resource page to find out how you can participate. On the website you will find tools and
resources to help you learn more about the program and how to ensure your
practice is successful in its participation. In addition, there is an area for you to communicate with ACP staff regarding questions and comments
about your PQRI experience.
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