ACP Meets Innovation Center Director, Rescission Cuts, and the High Cost of Health Care

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May 25, 2018

Welcome to The ACP Advocate,

It was great to see so many of you at ACP's annual Leadership Day event on Capitol Hill this week. We'll have detailed coverage in the next issue about the event and what ACP members discussed with their legislators.

We start today by letting you know about a meeting that ACP recently had with the new director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. We had a great discussion with Adam Boehler; we told him about the College's priorities as CMS tests new payment models and look forward to continuing to work with him.

Our second article this issue details the cuts to health care programs that were included in the package of rescission cuts to the federal budget that President Trump sent to Congress. The legislation to put those cuts into effect is waiting to come up for a vote. We will keep you updated on the status of the bill, in the meantime take a look at the article for information about the specific programs that could be subject to cuts.

Lastly, we let you know about a new study looking at the high cost of health care in the U.S.  The report shows that the U.S. pays about twice as much for health care as other countries.  Check out the article for more details about how we stack up.

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.

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

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» Concern Over Modification to New Budget Pact

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» New Report Finds Higher Cost of Health Care in U.S.

Kaiser Foundation says costs twice as high than in other countries

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In this issue
» ACP Gets to Know New Innovation Center Director at CMS
» Concern Over Modification to New Budget Pact
» New Report Finds Higher Cost of Health Care in U.S.

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