How to Improve Medicare Advantage; ACA Open Enrollment Nears

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October 20, 2017

Welcome to the ACP Advocate,

Today we start by letting you know about a new paper we just put out about how to improve Medicare Advantage plans.  As part of ACP's Patients Before Paperwork initiative, this paper is just one of the ways that we are looking to reduce administrative burdens for physicians and improve the practice experience.

Our second article this issue looks at the upcoming open enrollment season for health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.  With the various ways that enrollment is being harmed this year, lack of outreach, a shortened enrollment period, website outages, you may find patients who need more help than in previous years.  If you have patients who might need help finding insurance or choosing a new plan, I encourage you to read the article and check out the ACP resources that can help your patients find information on their options.

Finally, our last article lets you know about a statement ACP sent out in reaction to the recent shooting in Las Vegas.  Firearms injuries and deaths are a public health issue, and something must be done to prevent them.

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
» Time to Improve Medicare Advantage Plans

New ACP policy paper outlines recommendations to reduce the administrative burdens of these plans on physicians

Oct. 20, 2017 (ACP) -- The American College of Physicians says it's time for the federal government to reduce the burdens of Medicare Advantage and put patients first.

Medicare Advantage, a kind of p... (read more)

» Rocky Road Predicted as ACA Open Enrollment Nears

Attempts to undercut the health care law are creating confusion and chaos, health care advocates say

Oct. 20, 2017 (ACP) -- Open enrollment may be starting soon for those seeking coverage through the Affordable Care Act, but this year's sign-up season seems to be shaping up unlike any other.

As the... (read more)

» ACP Reiterates Call to End Gun Violence

Physicians urged to speak up, publicly and with patients

Oct. 20, 2017 (ACP) -- The massacre that occurred at a Las Vegas music festival Oct. 1 further heightens the need to address gun violence in the country, not only by legislators but by physicians, who should ... (read more)

About this newsletter
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
» Time to Improve Medicare Advantage Plans
» Rocky Road Predicted as ACA Open Enrollment Nears
» ACP Reiterates Call to End Gun Violence

In focus
» Updated Climate Change and Health Action Plan
ACP has updated its Climate Change and Health Action Plan, a toolkit developed to help members take initiative in addressing climate change. The toolkit now includes a PowerPoint presentation, regional talking points that discuss the impact on health across the U.S. and other resources. To learn more about how climate change affects health, see Climate Change and Health: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians.
» Need help navigating QPP?
The final quarter for 2017 reporting for the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) began on Oct. 1. ACP's free Quality Payment Advisor (QPA) tool can help you make sure your practice is on the right path.

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