ACP's Leadership on Capitol Hill

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June 03, 2011
In this issue
» Physicians Talk Health Care Priorities With U.S. Lawmakers

» Dr. Mark Mayer named ACP's Key Contact of the Year

» ACP and Carter Center Collaborate to Reinvigorate Primary Care

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 today is all about ACP’s Leadership Day on Capitol Hill.  Last week nearly 400 of your colleagues gathered in Washington to bring the concerns of internists to Congress.  While we continue to operate in a challenging budget situation, I believe that the event was a success in reiterating to Congress why our issues matter.  Be sure to take a look at the article to see how some of our attendees fared in their meetings.
Our second story is also related to Leadership Day and lets you know about this year’s Key Contact of Year award winner.  I have known Dr. Mayer for years and continue to be impressed by his dedication to his patients and his community; and I am impressed by his ability to vividly bring his real practice experiences to his representatives in Washington.

Leadership Day attendees also heard from Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, who was present to accept ACP’s Joseph F. Boyle Distinguished Public Services Award for his work to expand access to health insurance and support the role of primary care in the new health reform law, and for his efforts to seek bipartisan common ground on these and other policies supported by ACP.  
Finally, our last story tells you about a new policy paper that ACP put out jointly with the Carter Center in Atlanta.  The report, co-authored by our SVP for Medical Practice, Professionalism, and Quality, Dr. Michael Barr, puts forward five prescriptions for reinvigorating the primary care system.
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
» Physicians Talk Health Care Priorities With U.S. Lawmakers
  Leadership Day participants share views with legislators in face-to-face meetings

Sharing their expertise and experiences from the front lines of primary care, more than 370 internists and medical students met with congressional legislators and staff members on Capitol Hill last week during the American College of Physician's annual Lea... » Click to read the full article

» Dr. Mark Mayer named ACP's Key Contact of the Year
  Recipient cites 'civic professionalism' in his efforts to improve U.S. health care

In medical school in the late 1970s, Mark Mayer received a National Health Service Corps scholarship, which paid for his tuition and living expens... » Click to read the full article

» ACP and Carter Center Collaborate to Reinvigorate Primary Care
  Effort yields five prescriptions to develop systems and train physicians

To fully implement health care reform in the United States, primary care physicians need more training in team-building and treating mental illness in their practices, a new joint report from the Carter Center and the American College of Physicians suggest... » Click to read the full article

In focus
Former ACP President Appointed to MedPAC
This week, new appointments to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) were announced in Washington. Former ACP President, William J. Hall, MD, MACP, was newly appointed to a term that will last until April 2014. ACP sent a letter in support of Dr. Hall's appointment. MedPAC is an independent board that advises Congress on issues related to the Medicare program. In addition to making recommendations on payments MedPAC also looks at access to care, quality of care, and other issues.

National Version 5010 Testing Day Approaching
On June 15 CMS is organizing an opportunity for physicians and Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to come together to test their progress in transitioning to Version 5010. Version 5010 is the new set of electronic standards that practices need to have in place in order to eventually transition to ICD-10. In order to continue to receive payments, all practices will need to be using Version 5010 by Jan. 1. More information about Version 5010 and ICD-10 is available on the ACP website.

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