Welcome to The ACP Advocate,
Today’s first article provides a summary of ACP’s comments in support of proposals made by CMS to improve the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The article includes ACP recommendations to improve payment for internists' services, especially related to care of patients with chronic illnesses.
Our second article in this issue takes a look at the recent announcement by CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt, giving physicians more flexible options to report data to Medicare next year under the new Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Consistent with ACP's recommendations, CMS will allow physicians to “Pick Your Pace” for quality reporting. This is particularly good news for physicians in small practices.
Finally, our third article looks at advocacy in action, featuring an ACP member who is working directly with his Congressional representative on prescription drug pricing. It’s an inspiring look at how one person can make a difference on a critical issue.
Our next ACP Advocate newsletter will be distributed on Oct. 7. It’s slated to look at the controversy surrounding ACA markets.
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.
Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians