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September 21, 2012
In this issue
» Across-the-Board Cuts Loom Over Health Care as New Year Nears

» Political Party Platforms Take On Health Care Issues

» Evidence Tips in Favor of the Medical Home Concept

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

Today’s first story is an update for you on a major issue we’re advocating on here in Washington.  The across-the-board sequestration cuts are scheduled to begin after the New Year.  While everyone agrees that these cuts would have devastating effects and no one wants them to go into place, Congress has yet to come up with a path forward.  I encourage you to take a look at the story for more detail about what the cuts would do and what we are recommending to Congress.

Our second story today looks at the Democratic and Republican Party platforms that were released at their conventions last month.  Take a look at the story for more detail about what they say about health care issues.  And, if you have not already checked it out, I encourage you to visit ACP’s Election 2012 website.  We’ve updated the candidates' stances post-convention as they’ve released more details about what they intend to do on health care policy. 

Finally, today’s last story lets you know about a new publication from the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Benefits of Implementing the Primary Care Patient-Centered Medical Home presents a growing body of evidence showing that the PCMH model of care is working.  It’s exciting to see evidence that these new practice innovations are working.

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
» Across-the-Board Cuts Loom Over Health Care as New Year Nears
  Congress's failure to act on deficit puts nation on path to "absolutely devastating" chain of events, ACP warns

The American College of Physicians is urging congressional leaders to craft a deficit reduction compromise that would head off across-the-board federal spending cuts that would prove devastating to the U.S. health care system.

» Click to read the full article

» Political Party Platforms Take On Health Care Issues
  How U.S. should handle the health of its citizens finds it place in election documents alongside economic and social concerns

Stances on health care issues contained in the Democratic and Republican party platforms will probably prompt little surprise among those who've been watching the 2012 presidential election unfold.

The documents, released by t... » Click to read the full article

» Evidence Tips in Favor of the Medical Home Concept
  New report cites achievements to date in effort to improve care and lower costs

Americans could enjoy better health for less money by committing to broad changes in the health care system that emphasize primary care and a team approach to meeting patients' needs, according to a new report from the Patient-Centered... » Click to read the full article

In focus
Apply for the 2013 Health Policy Internship
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 ACP Health Policy Internship program. The internship, which takes place in spring 2013, provides one Associate member and one Medical Student member with opportunities to gain legislative knowledge and advocacy skills while working with the College’s Washington office to prepare for ACP’s annual Leadership Day. Applications are due by Oct. 22.

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