The Executive Desk: New Payment Models and How They Affect You

Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO

Welcome to the June issue of ACOG Rounds, your monthly member e-newsletter.

The spring months signal rebirth: as one chapter ends, another begins. With that in mind, I’d like to personally thank Tom Gellhaus, MD, for serving ACOG and our members as our 67th president. Dr. Gellhaus has spent the past 12 months focusing on three key initiatives: global health, advocacy, and resident education. His hard work has paid off and exceeded our expectations. Read about his rewarding journey in his final blog post as ACOG president.

I’d also like to take a moment to welcome our 68th ACOG President, Haywood L. Brown, MD. Dr. Brown is the F. Bayard Carter Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He has been heavily involved in ACOG over his 30-year career in Obstetrics and Gynecology, including participating in ACOG activities in District IV, V, and VII. He is the immediate past District IV chair of ACOG. Dr. Brown has wasted no time in taking a stand on behalf of ACOG. Read this month’s article about how he’s representing women’s health on Capitol Hill. I also urge you to read his first blog post as president: Our Moral Values, Our Core Values.

Dr. Brown was inaugurated at the 2017 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA. The meeting featured a robust scientific program filled with the latest scientific research, hands-on courses, and much more. Learn about ways you can take advantage of content you missed in this month’s article, "Take Advantage of ACOG ’17 After the Fact."

In addition to welcoming new leadership, this issue focuses on new payment models and how they affect you. We are currently seeking comments on the ACOG-proposed alternative payment model and quality measures for benign hysterectomy. We want to hear from you about what matters most in women’s surgical care. Read more about our proposed payment model. In "MACRA Quality Payment Program Update," we provide information, tools, and resources to help educate yourself on how your practice will need to comply with the new Medicare program.

ACOG is also actively working to help women retain access to quality health care, including access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)—and we need your help. Read about new legislation and what you can do to help.

As always, ACOG Rounds is your go-to source to review all the latest clinical practice guidance documents released in May and June.

Additional articles in this month’s issue that will interest you include: 

Thank you for allowing us to serve you. Please enjoy this issue of ACOG Rounds.

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