Performance Measures Don't Measure Up, Administrative Burdens, Opioids

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May 11, 2018

Welcome to The ACP Advocate,

We kick off this issue with an article letting you know about a new report that ACP's Performance Measurement Committee wrote, looking at the measures being used as part of Medicare's MIPS program. The report found major problems with the measures and we'll be using their findings to push CMS to improve the program.

Our second article today looks at some of the ways that CMS is trying to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens faced by physicians. This includes improvements to some of the electronic health records systems. Take a look at the article for more details.

Finally, we have an update for you about what is happening in Congress regarding legislation to combat the opioid epidemic. Both the House and the Senate have different bills they are considering; we'll continue to advocate on the issue. The topic will be one of the priority issue areas at ACP's upcoming Leadership Day event at the end of the month.

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

In the news
» ACP Report Calls for Revisions to Performance Measurement

Findings add 'crucial weight' to ACP's advocacy efforts made to CMS

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (ACP) -- In a high--profile new report, the American College of Physicians questions the value of dozens of quality measures used to evaluate primary care doctors.

"These find... (read more)

» CMS Steps Up Efforts to Put Patients Over Paperwork

ACP is fully behind the initiative, which is in line with ACP recommendations

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (ACP) -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is gearing up its efforts to reduce administrative burdens for physicians, and the American College of Physicians (ACP) is ... (read more)

» ACP Offers Input to Opioid Effort in Congress

Outlines strategies to bipartisan committees studying solutions

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (ACP) -- As the opioid epidemic continues to take lives and ravage families, the American College of Physicians is working with Congress to provide feedback on bipartisan efforts to comba... (read more)

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In this issue
» ACP Report Calls for Revisions to Performance Measurement
» CMS Steps Up Efforts to Put Patients Over Paperwork
» ACP Offers Input to Opioid Effort in Congress

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