What to Expect From Health Reform This Year

The ACP Advocate

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August 13, 2010
In this issue
» What to Expect From Health Reform This Year

» ACP Calls for Changes to End Disparities in Health Care

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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 www.acponline.org/advocacy.

Welcome to The ACP Advocate.

The 2010 rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes changes aimed at expanding access to care, bolstering the primary care workforce and testing delivery system reforms. Our first story this issue updates you on some of the details of what to expect from health care reform this year.

Our second story this week looks at a new policy paper developed by ACP's Health and Public Policy Committee calling for an end to health care disparities. While the new health care law helps, ACP is calling for significant changes in the health-care system, educational system and society-at-large to reduce the gaps in care.

Also in this issue, please find brief updates and links to the latest from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

The ACP Advocate will next be in your inbox on September 10, when we'll return to providing advocacy news and information to you a couple of times a month.

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Yours truly,

Bob Doherty
Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians


In the news
» What to Expect From Health Reform This Year
  Small business tax credit, coverage expansions and primary care incentives all kick in

Though health-care reform is still a work in progress, a number of provisions take effect this year.

The 2010 rollout of the law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, includes changes aimed at expanding access to care, bolst... » Click to read the full article

» ACP Calls for Changes to End Disparities in Health Care
  New health-reform law helps, but more must be done, Ralston says

In a health-care system rife with racial and ethnic disparities, U.S. physicians need to do all they can to ensure that all patients are getting equal care, the American College of Physicians is urging in a new policy paper.

The College is ca... » Click to read the full article

In focus
Insights Offered at PCPCC Stakeholders' Working Group Meeting
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative held its summer Stakeholders' Working Group Meeting in Washington, DC on July 22. Focusing on 'The PCMH in the Community,' the keynote speakers were Mary Wakefield, Ph.D, R.N., Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, and Anthony Rodgers, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Strategic Planning at CMS. David Meyers, from AHRQ, gave a presentation in which he announced AHRQ's new PCMH website. ACP's Bob Doherty was an advisor for the new website. Speaker bios and presentations are available.

PCPCC releases two guides at its July stakeholders' meeting
At its July 22 Stakeholders' Working Group Meeting, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative released two guides. 'The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH): Integrating Comprehensive Medication Management to Optimize Patient Outcomes' was developed by the PCPCC Medication Management Task Force and 'Payment Reform to Support High-Performing Practice' was developed by the PCPCC Payment Reform Task Force.

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