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Bob Doherty

Representing the American College of Physicians on societal and public policy issues, he runs one of the more  [Read More]

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If they build it, will they come?
On April 22, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveilednew alternative payment models that it hopes will "transform" primary care to support high-value care. Released at a briefing hosted by the American Medical Association and attend...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Reflections on 40 Years of Advocacy for Internists
Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of my career in representing internal medicine doctors, first with the American Society of Internal Medicine, and then with the American College of Physicians after the ASIM-ACP merger in 1998.   My first day on the...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

How a single tweet from the NRA helped ACP reach millions of people on gun violence
On November 7, the National Rifle Association tweetedthis about ACP's new policy paper on firearms violence, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine:Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles ...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Friday, December 7, 2018

It's health care, stupid
This seems to be the big take-home message from voters in the mid-term election held yesterday, which bodes well for preserving gains from the Affordable Care Act and expanding coverage.   Health care was the number 1 issue for voters according to se...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Finding a winning way forward on CMS's proposals to restructure physician payment
Last month, I wroteabout CMS's "historic" proposals to change how physicians would be paid for their office visits and the documentation that would be required of them. I noted then that while ACP expressed strong support for the push to reduce the d...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Monday, August 27, 2018

An Immigrant's Tale
There are many things that make me proud of the American College of Physicians.  ACP's courageous leadership in standing up for those seeking to immigrate to the United States is one of them.  Over the past 18 months, ACP has issued a comprehensive s...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Friday, August 3, 2018

FOUR things you should know about Medicare's "historic" changes to physician payments
The word "historic" is often used by PR professionals to hype something that is, well, pretty run-of-the-mill.  They figure that no one is going to read a news release that announces "[Name of organization] proposes small change that really won't mak...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Friday, July 13, 2018

Physician activism as an antidote to burnout
The growing number of physicians evidencing symptoms of burnout has many causes.  Yet one element stands out, according to research: a perceived loss of controlover their time, working conditions, and other stress contributors.   ACP has launched a P...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Are doctors ready to embrace single payer health care?
Single payer health care is enjoying a boomlet in public opinion.  A Pew Research Center poll released in June 2017 found that, "Overall, 33 percent of the public now favors such a ‘single payer' approach to health insurance, up 5 percentage points s...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What did ACP advocacy achieve in a year of unparalleled challenge?
What did ACP advocacy achieve in a year of unparalleled challenge?2017 was the most challenging year that I have experienced in my 38 years of advocating for internists.To put things in perspective, I joined the governmental affairs staff of the Amer...
ACP Advocacy Blog
Thursday, January 4, 2018

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