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Summer is over, cool weather returned to Washington yesterday, which must mean it’s time for Congress to return from summer recess and resume their work. Our lawmakers won’t actually return to session until Monday, but our first article this week gives you a preview of some of the healthcare issues they’ll likely tackle this fall.
Our second story this week looks at a new policy paper produced by our Center for Ethics and Professionalism. Ethical Considerations for the Use of Patient Incentives to Promote Personal Responsibility for Health: West Virginia Medicaid and Beyond looks at how incentive programs might be used to move patient behavior. The paper takes an interesting look at what are some of the benefits (and some of the unintended pitfalls) of incentivizing patients.
Finally, our third story this week examines a new study that outlines how the recent economic downturn is affecting spending on health care services.
For more coverage of what’s happening in Washington, take a look at my award-winning blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty.
And, as always, please send your feedback and suggestions on this newsletter to: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org.
Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians