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.

ACR and Anti-Abortion Legislation

The American College of Rheumatology recognizes the concerns of our members about the recently enacted abortion laws in a number of states, including Georgia. The ACR greatly respects the opinions and deeply held convictions of all of our members and also recognizes the potential polarizing effect of this legislation among our members and our patients. The ACR opposes any action which interferes with the practice of evidence-based medicine or intrudes upon the doctor-patient relationship. Pregnancy often complicates the management of women with rheumatic diseases and may threaten the life of the mother. Rheumatologists and other rheumatology professionals must be able to provide the best evidence-based care and guidance for all of their patients.

The ACR recently updated the Access to Care Policy Statement addressing patient access to care.

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 8, 2020 - 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, More Provider Relief Funds & More

September 24, 2020 - Virtual Advocates for Arthritis, SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Guidance & More

September 10, 2020 - Advocating for Arthritis, 2021 MIPS Payment Adjustments & More

August 27, 2020 - Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, Provider Relief Fund & More

August 13, 2020 - 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, Draft of Next COVID-19 Package & More

July 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Town Hall, Virtual Advocacy 101 & More

July 9, 2020 - ACR's Position on Telemedicine, COVID-19 Clinical Guidance for Pediatric Patients & More

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