The Latest on Opioid Policy, Administrative Burdens, and ACP's Policy Development

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March 23, 2018

Welcome to The ACP Advocate,

Today we begin by letting you know about some of ACP's recent activities related to policies to combat the opioid crisis. We've been letting members and the administration know what we think are some of the most important public health steps that can be undertaken, and we were encouraged to see that many of the treatment recommendations and measures in the White House's opioid plan that was released this week were in alignment with our recommendations.

In our second article we let you know about a recent event where ACP's vice president of Medical Practice and Quality, Shari Erickson, brought the College's message about the need to reduce administrative burdens on physicians. I'm happy to say that her remarks to the health IT industry at one of their major annual meetings were very well received.

Finally, I encourage you to take a look at our last article where we bring you a deep dive into the policy development process at ACP. I believe that our evidence-based approach to policy is a strength of our organization.

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 Part of White House Summit on Opioids

Reaffirms leadership role in nationwide conversation on stemming an epidemic

March 23, 2018 (ACP) -- Bob Doherty, Senior Vice President Governmental Affairs and Public Policy with the American College of Physicians, joined other top health officials and cabinet members at a March 1 su... (read more)

» ACP Presses HIT Industry to Ease Administrative Burdens

Initiative to put patients first is key focus of reducing administrative tasks for physicians

March 23, 2018 (ACP) Health IT professionals at the early March annual conference of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society in Las Vegas didn't only learn about new technologies--they al... (read more)

» How an Idea Can Become ACP's Public Policy

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how policies are formulated, discussed and end up as a formal position

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (ACP) -- Each year, the American College of Physicians (ACP) develops anywhere between four to six new public policies, and the process itself always starts with an idea.

Thi... (read more)

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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
In this issue
» ACP Part of White House Summit on Opioids
» ACP Presses HIT Industry to Ease Administrative Burdens
» How an Idea Can Become ACP's Public Policy

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