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Last year Congress passed historic legislation that finally repealed the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula in Medicare. The "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)" removed the yearly threat of a “doc fix” that could have jeopardized patients’ getting access to the care they needed. Recently the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule on MACRA which begins to outline the new payment program that will replace the flawed SGR formula. While many of these proposed improvements are a step in the right direction, physicians remain entangled in a complicated web of overlapping and sometimes contradictory regulations that distract them from patient care.  Take action

Opioid abuse

Opioid misuse, addiction, overdose and death have become an epidemic in America. In fact over the past 15 years, the nation's opioid epidemic has claimed more than 250,000 lives, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Congress has recently turned its attention to this most urgent issue by passing some initial reforms that would expand physician office-based treatment of patients with opioid use disorders. While this is an encouraging first step, lawmakers have much more work to do. Take action


Telemedicine is a key innovation in support of health care delivery reform. Correctly implemented, it can be leveraged in initiatives to improve access to care, care coordination and quality, as well as reduce the rate of growth in health care spending. Unfortunately outdated government red-tape often impedes advancements in telemedicine, which can have a negative effect on the patient-physician relationship. Take action