The Impact of the Supreme Court Decision on Health Reform

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July 13, 2012
In this issue
» After Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act, Attention Shifts to States

» What Physicians Can Expect to See as Health Care Reform Continues

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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

Both of our stories today look at the health care reform law and the impact of the Supreme Court decision. 
Our first story details the Supreme Court decision and looks at the impact of the decision may have on implementation.  Specifically, we look at the likelihood that, in the absence of a penalty, some states may now decide to refuse the funds to expand their Medicaid programs.
Our second story provides you with an overview of the parts of the law that are still to be implemented.  While many protections provided by the law have already gone into effect, there are still insurance reforms and payment system reforms that will be moving ahead in the next two years.
The next issue of the Advocate won’t be coming to you until mid-August.  In that issue look for coverage of the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that was released last week.
In the meantime, for more coverage of what's happening in Washington, especially over the next few weeks as the health care decision is explored, 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
» After Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act, Attention Shifts to States
  ACP urges members to help make sure coverage extends to the poor

American College of Physicians officials are offering a salute and a sigh of relief in reaction to the recent Supreme Court ruling that upholds the legal backbone of the Affordable Care Act.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Congress can impose a ... » Click to read the full article

» What Physicians Can Expect to See as Health Care Reform Continues
  Supreme Court ruling sets the stage for insurance exchanges, payment and delivery systems changes and more

The Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act ensures that the steady stream of health care reforms already underway will continue through the next few years.

That means that physicians who've already begun to adapt to changes that... » Click to read the full article

In focus
The Supreme Court and the ACA: Milestone or Detour on the Road to Universal Coverage?
In an opinion piece published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Bob Doherty examines the impact that the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court’s recent decision will have on the goal of providing coverage to all Americans.

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Soliciting Applications
CMS is now soliciting applications for practices that are interested in participating in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. This initiative combines public and private health payers in selected geographic markets to provide bonus payments to primary care practices that better coordinate care for their patients. If you’re an interested practice from one of the selected markets participating in this program, please visit the CPC section of the CMS website. All applications are due by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on July 20.

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