Relief from an Administrative Burden for Teaching Physicians and Health Care in the Budget Deal

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February 23, 2018

Welcome to The ACP Advocate,

Today we start by letting you know about a recent win for ACP's advocacy to regulators.  As of Mar. 3, teaching physicians will no longer have to re-document notes that are entered into EHRs by medical students when they are being used for the purposes of billing for E/M services.  Take a look at the article for more information about ACP's advocacy on the issue.

In today's second article we talk about the budget deal that was hammered out in Washington a couple of weeks ago.  It was painful getting there, but in the end we have a budget plan that meets a lot of ACP's priorities for the federal budget.  The money still needs to be appropriated in order for the programs to be funded so we'll be continuing our advocacy work, but this is a promising development.

Finally, our last story lets you know about a new health care advocacy group, The United States of Care.  We'll be looking for opportunities to work with them as they work on their goal of increasing access to health care for all Americans.

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
» Teaching Physicians to Get a Break on a Burdensome Task

New CMS rule eliminates need to re-do medical students' input to health records

Feb. 23, 2018 (ACP) -- Thanks to a push by the American College of Physicians and other groups, teaching physicians are going to get a break from one of their most tedious tasks: serving as a kind of stenogra... (read more)

» ACP Applauds Funding Approval for Key Health Care Programs

New budget deals extend CHIP, improve chronic care coverage, fund CDC and more

Feb. 23, 2018 (ACP) -- Though Congress has lurched from one budget crisis to the next, the nation's leaders have approved funding in recent weeks for several crucial health programs that had been left in limb... (read more)

» Nonpartisan Group Hopes to Change the Conversation on U.S. Health Care

By focusing on people, not politics, organization aims to expand access to care

Feb. 23, 2018 (ACP) -- The United States of Care -- a new nonpartisan nonprofit -- says it wants to take access to health care out of the political arena and put it back where it belongs, "redefining the goal... (read more)

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In this issue
» Teaching Physicians to Get a Break on a Burdensome Task
» ACP Applauds Funding Approval for Key Health Care Programs
» Nonpartisan Group Hopes to Change the Conversation on U.S. Health Care

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