The State of the Nation's Health Care

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February 10, 2012
In this issue
» ACP Exhorts Politicians Not to Hold Nation's Health Care Hostage

» Missing From Obama's Speech? Much About Health Care

» Early Reviews Favorable for Medicare's Innovation Center

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 all about ACP’s annual State of the Nation’s Health Care briefing.  At the event we challenged Congress to prevent the across-the-board cuts called for by the budget deal and replace them with more fiscally and socially responsible changes.  Additionally, we advocated for the use of Overseas Contingency Operations funds to be used to permanently resolve the SGR problem.  And, finally, we released specific questions that you should be asking candidates in this election year to evaluate their health care stances.
Our second story looks at the President’s State of the Union address that he delivered a few weeks ago.  After health care being a prominent topic for the past few years it was noticeably absent this year.  Our article explores some of the reasons for this absence.
Finally, our last article this week looks at a new report from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.  This new report analyzes the work of the Center over its first year.  While most of their projects are still at the beginning stages we believe that this kind of approach is crucial to the large-scale types of reform our health care system needs.
For more coverage of what's happening in Washington, take a look at my award-winning blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty.  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
» ACP Exhorts Politicians Not to Hold Nation's Health Care Hostage
  Annual report notes progress, warns of setbacks and urges physicians to query candidates on key issues

Budget battles in the U.S. Congress and funding cuts to critical medical services are threatening to undermine slow but steady progress in controlling health care costs and improving access to care, the American College of Physicians warns in its annual St... » Click to read the full article

» Missing From Obama's Speech? Much About Health Care
  Experts analyze why State of the Union address favored the economy, not health reform

President Obama raised more than a few eyebrows in the health care community during his State of the Union address last month, but it was more for what went unsaid than what he laid out for the nation.

Though health care reform has been a corners... » Click to read the full article

» Early Reviews Favorable for Medicare's Innovation Center
  Focus on health care costs and delivery systems includes initiatives pertinent to physician practices

Lofty goals -- to improve patient care and reduce costs at the same time -- accompanied the federal government's establishment 15 months ago of the Innovation Center as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Since its launch, analysts say,... » Click to read the full article

In focus
AIMn Now on Twitter
Get the latest information about the College’s advocacy efforts and the Advocates for Internal Medicine network (AIMn) through a new Twitter feed, Advocates for IM. There you will find the latest information about the activities of the College’s government affairs office and the hot topics in Washington.

Discounted Access to PQRIwizard
ACP has partnered with CECity to provide members with discounted access to PQRIwizard, a web-based registry designed to help collect and report quality measure data for the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program. The deadline for reporting for the 2011 program year is Feb. 17, so there is still time if you act quickly.

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