Advocacy News

The ACR is your source for advocacy news impacting your practice, patients, and the rheumatology subspecialty. In addition to staying on top of ever changing policies and political landscapes for our members, we are often invited to give statements, provide comments, or work with lawmakers to promote new policies.

Advocacy Accomplishments

See a summary of ACR's advocacy efforts in the 2019 Advocacy Year in Review.

Press and Public Statements

View the latest rheumatology news, including press releases and public statements about current advocacy issues affecting ACR and ARP membership in the Newsroom.

ACR@Work Newsletter

The ACR publishes a bimonthly electronic newsletter for members with the latest news and activities relating to advocacy and policy updates, practice management, insurance issues, and more. See the latest issues.

October 24, 2019 - ACR Leads Coalition Opposing Cigna’s Elimination of Consultation Codes, Annual Meeting Preview: Maximizing Reimbursement, ACR Honors Rep. Raul Ruiz on Step Therapy Reform

October 10, 2019 - Annual Meeting Preview, Ask Congress to Support the Safe Step Act, Practices and State Societies Can Support RheumPAC Advocacy

September 26, 2019 - Survey Highlights Rheumatology Patient Concerns and Challenges, Rheumatology Patients and Providers Push For Step Therapy and Workforce Changes, Final ACR Comments on 2020 CMS Proposed Rule

September 12, 2019 - September is Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, Patients and Physicians Unite for Arthritis Advocacy, Congress Urged to act on Prior Authorization Reform

August 22, 2019 - ACR Comments on Part D Electronic Prior Authorization Proposal, Proposed 2020 E/M Codes Include Reimbursement Changes, CMS 2020 Quality Payment Program Proposal

August 8, 2019 - 15% Payment Increase Proposed for Rheumatology, CMS 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposal Released.

July 26, 2019 - ACR Successes at AMA meeting, Navigating Step Therapy State Legislation, Practice Management Resources

July 11, 2019 - ACR Insurance Subcommittee Progress Report, Making Sense of Drug Pricing Legislation, MIPS, Data Validation Audit

June 27, 2019 - ACR Pushes for Increased DXA Reimbursement, State Advocacy, Practice Management Workshop

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