Highlights from this Year's Annual Leadership Day, and a First Quarter Rise in Health Care Spending

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May 30, 2014
In this issue
» ACP Members Trek to Capitol Hill, Advocating for Physicians and Patients Alike

» ACP Honors Dr. William Fox for Contributions to College's Advocacy Efforts

» Rise in Health Care Spending Prompts Range of Reactions

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 www.acponline.org/advocacy.

Welcome to The ACP Advocate,
It was great seeing so many of you last week here in Washington at our annual Leadership Day.  Check this issue’s first story to find out just what happened and how we need even more help on ACP advocacy.

David Fleming, ACP’s president, summed things up as he welcomed attendees: "Being a good physician requires more than knowing differentials and treatments, It is also important to be an advocate for policies and practices that will influence the welfare of our patients and the health of our society."

Also at Leadership Day, Dr. William Fox was honored as this year's recipient of the Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award.  Each year, an ACP member who has made exceptional contributions to advance the College's public policy agenda is given the award.

See this issue’s second story to learn about Dr. Fox’s advocacy achievements.

Our final story this issue looks at the range in reactions to this year’s first quarter rise in health care spending.  Most analysts are saying it’s no surprise that more insured people means more spending on medical services.

Until our next issue, 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: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org.

Yours truly,

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

In the news
» ACP Members Trek to Capitol Hill, Advocating for Physicians and Patients Alike
  Key issues, from SGR to medical education funding and more, get an airing in meetings with congressional representatives

Nearly 350 ACP members -- physicians, residents, fellows-in-training and medical students fanned out across Capitol Hill in late May, meeting with legislators as part of the American College of Physicians' ... » Click to read the full article

» ACP Honors Dr. William Fox for Contributions to College's Advocacy Efforts
  Patience, perseverance and desire to find solutions to health care challenges are among noted attributes for Neubauer Award recipient

Virginia, home to pitched battles in recent years over health care reform, isn't an easy place to lobby for the interests of physicians and their patients. But that's what Dr. William Fox has done for the p... » Click to read the full article

» Rise in Health Care Spending Prompts Range of Reactions
  Most analysts say it's no surprise that more insured people means more spending on medical services

U.S. Health care spending rose at a breakneck pace during the first quarter of 2014, prompting much speculation over why it happened and what it means.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported in ... » Click to read the full article

In focus
Proposed Changes to Meaningful Use
CMS and ONC recently issued a joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding changes in reporting requirements and an extension of the Stage 2 deadline, for Meaningful Use (MU). The proposed rule would allow providers to use the 2011 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the electronic health record (EHR) reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The proposed rule would also extend the Stage 2 MU reporting period through 2016 and begin Stage 3 reporting in 2017. This rule is expected to be finalized in late summer/early fall of 2014.

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