Welcome to The ACP Advocate.
As many of you probably already know, yesterday marked the sixth month anniversary of health care reform being signed into law. Our first story this week looks at two guides ACP has developed that can help you understand the many varied provisions of the legislation. The first is an update on An Internist’s Practical Guide to Understanding Health Reform, written to help you understand the aspects of the law that are most likely to affect you and your practice. The second guide, written jointly with AARP, is designed for you to share with your patients to help them better understand what the changes might mean for them.
Our second story this week details a new policy paper on health care transparency from our Medical Service Policy Committee. The paper reaffirms the College’s support for increased transparency and examines the many issues and challenges faced in working toward this goal.
Finally, our third story today lets you know about a new study of where Americans receive their health care. Published in Health Affairs, the study found that less than half of acute care outpatient visits are made to a primary care physician.
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Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians