New ACP Papers on Medicare Reform and Public Health

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May 04, 2012
In this issue
» With Medicare Changes in the Air, ACP Urges Lawmakers to Tread Carefully

» ACP Suggests Guidelines to Ensure Public Health and Safety

» Medicare Notes 'Strong Start' for Two New Programs

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

It was great to have the chance to meet so many of you a couple of weeks ago in New Orleans at Internal Medicine 2012.  Today’s first two stories are about new policy papers that we released at that meeting.  The first, Reforming Medicare in the Age of Deficit Reduction, is all about changes that we think need to be made to the program to help it remain solvent and effective.  The second paper, Strengthening the Public Health Infrastructure, examines where we think our public health system needs to be improved and what the financial impact of those improvements may be.
Our final story today relays to you information about two new CMS programs that are aimed at controlling costs through care coordination.  The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Medicare Shared Savings Program both were started as part of the health care reform law.  We believe that these programs have the potential to reduce costs while at the same time improving care for patients and we’re excited to see them kicking off.
Finally, look for our next issue right before Memorial Day, 3 weeks from today, on May 25.  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
» With Medicare Changes in the Air, ACP Urges Lawmakers to Tread Carefully
  New position paper recommends reforms with patients' best interests in mind

A new position paper prepared by the American College of Physicians argues for cautious but comprehensive reform of Medicare, urging restraint when it comes to some of the most controversial proposals to fix the public health insurance program.

T... » Click to read the full article

» ACP Suggests Guidelines to Ensure Public Health and Safety
  New position paper warns that across-the-board budget cuts would undermine effective efforts

The public health infrastructure of the United States, vital to the nation's health, must be improved and protected from unwarranted budget cuts, the American College of Physicians argues in a new position paper unveiled during its annual meeting in New Or... » Click to read the full article

» Medicare Notes 'Strong Start' for Two New Programs
  Primary Care Initiative and Medicare Shared Savings Program seen as important to ACP members

Progress reports from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that two initiatives, aimed at significantly reducing costs and simultaneously improving patient care, have been making strides in 2012.

The efforts -- the Comprehensive Pr... » Click to read the full article

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