Update on the ACA-repeal effort; 'Pick Your Pace' DEADLINE IMMINENT

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August 18, 2017

Welcome to the ACP Advocate,

It might have seemed as if the war over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was won when the repeal-and-replace effort against the ACA failed in the Senate.  ACP thinks otherwise, noting that the most recent Senate vote doesn't mean that advocates for patients and physicians can stand down.

Today's first article reviews what may be coming from the White House, Congress and ACP.  And, don't forget how above all else, the message of ACP continues to be steady and consistent: Repair the American health care system, 
but do no harm and put patients first.

Our other article notes that "Pick Your Pace," among participation options in Medicare's new payment program, is a program with a critical looming deadline for physicians.  Paces must be picked before it's too late.

The three options range from minimal participation, essentially testing the system, to partial participation to full participation. Each has an imminent deadline, which is why this article is especially timely and helpful.

Look for the next issue of the Advocate to be distributed on September 8.  Congress comes back to town on September 5, and it won't be at all surprising for it to be appropriate to provide an ACA update. We also plan to cover ACP's reaction to the proposed MACRA rule and a recently passed (by the ACP Board of Regents) policy statement that recognizes hate crimes as a public health 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
» Battle Over Health Care May Not Be Over, ACP Executive Warns

Despite failed efforts to repeal and replace Affordable Care Act, country's health care future remains uncertain

Aug. 18, 2017 (ACP) -- It might have seemed as if the war over the Affordable Care Act was won when the repeal-and-replace effort against the Affordable Care Act failed in the U.S. Senate. The American Colle... (read more)

» It's Time to Step Up and Pick Your Pace

Critical deadlines for Medicare payment program draw near

Aug. 18, 2017 (ACP) -- More than a clever slogan, "Pick Your Pace" -- referring to participation options in Medicare's new payment program -- now has a critical upcoming deadline for physicians.

Pa... (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 www.acponline.org/advocacy.
In this issue
» Battle Over Health Care May Not Be Over, ACP Executive Warns
» It's Time to Step Up and Pick Your Pace

In focus
» ACP's 2016-17 Annual Report of its Executive Vice President & CEO
The report is a review of ACP's activities, accomplishments, guidelines, clinical standards, public policy, practice support, and more over a 12-month period. Click on the headline above to see this year's report of all that ACP is doing.
» ACP’s MACRA resources redesigned to educate, guide internists
ACP has redesigned its MACRA resources online to streamline information for physicians on the law, how it will affect their work and what they need to do to transition their practices. Updated online features include information on:
  • MIPS and APM payment tracks;
  • the 'pick your pace' program;
  • and links to helpful resources, including ACP's Quality Payment Advisor.
For more information or questions or concerns regarding specific MACRA-related issues, email macra@acponline.org.

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