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2024 ACP Advocacy Priorities

ACP’s advocacy priorities seek to promote policy reforms on the federal level through legislative, regulatory, and executive actions that benefit the overall health and well-being of patients, physicians, and the practice of internal medicine.

Valuing the Care Provided by Internal Medicine Physicians
Valuing the Care Provided by Internal Medicine Physicians
Protect patients’ access to care by ensuring fair and appropriate physician compensation, including annual inflationary adjustments, and policies that support physicians’ transition from fee-for-service (FFS) to value-based models of care.
Reducing Administrative Burden in Medicine
Reducing Administrative Burden in Medicine
Put “Patients Before Paperwork” by advancing policies that will eliminate unnecessary red tape and improve prior authorization processes for patients and their physicians.
Ensuring Access to Care
Ensuring Access to Care
Support policies that preserve access to telehealth services, improve the integration of behavioral health in primary care, and extend premium support and tax credits for enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans.
Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship
Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship
Promote policies that protect and preserve patient-physician relationships, including access to reproductive health care, LGBTQ+ and gender-affirming care, and ensure non-physician health care professionals perform within their scope of practice.
Strengthening the Primary Care and the Physician Workforce
Strengthening the Primary Care and the Physician Workforce
Increase investments in federal programs that support and expand the primary care physician workforce, such as funding for Graduate Medical Education (GME), loan deferment initiatives, enable international medical graduates (IMGs) to practice in rural and underserved areas, and fund federal health professions programs that expand primary care training and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the healthcare workforce.
Supporting and Enhancing Health Information Technology
Supporting and Enhancing Health Information Technology
Support policies that will help leverage technology, including augmented intelligence, to improve patient care and reduce administrative and practice burdens on physicians. Promote policies to ensure technology is used in appropriate ways to enhance patient care, and not to discriminate or inappropriately restrict patient access to care.
Increasing Prescription Drug Access and Affordability
Increasing Prescription Drug Access and Affordability
Support policies that improve the pricing and transparency, and increase access, affordability, and availability of prescription drugs.
Preventing Firearms-Related Injuries and Deaths
Preventing Firearms-Related Injuries and Deaths
Reduce firearms-related injuries and deaths through investments in research and much needed evidence-based policy reforms at all levels of government.