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From the June ACP Observer, copyright © 2005 by the American College of Physicians.

College promotes new technology bill

The College joined more than a dozen other organizations in urging members of Congress to support a newly introduced bill that would help fund the use of electronic information technology.

In a May 11 letter to the bill's bipartisan sponsors, ACP and other signatories said that the bill—the 21st Century Health Information Act of 2005 (H.R. 2234)—is important because it allows Medicare and Medicaid funding to be used to help develop and implement information technology, including electronic health records (EHRs).

The bill would adjust Medicare payments to physicians who participate in health information networks to improve the quality of patient care. The bill would also allow Medicaid funding to be used to develop and implement regional health information networks.

The bill, if passed, would also help remove communication barriers by providing for the adoption of interoperable data standards to allow information to be exchanged.

In addition to ACP, those signing the letter included other medical societies; health care information groups, including eHealth Initiative; and several manufacturers, including IBM, Intel Corp., Dell Corp. and Siemens Medical Solutions.

The letter is online.

ACP awards and Mastership nominations due July 1

The ACP Awards Committee needs your help to identify deserving individuals for the College's awards and Masterships.

Each year, the College bestows 17 awards and a number of Masterships during Convocation at Annual Session. These awards recognize the accomplishments of distinguished individuals in a wide variety of areas, including the practice of medicine, teaching, research, and public and volunteer service.

Individuals may not self-nominate. For all awards and Masterships, each nominee must have a minimum of five detailed letters of nomination and support and a current CV before being considered by the Awards Committee. The College must receive all materials by July 1.

The "Awards and Mastership Booklet" contains criteria for College awards and Masterships, and specific instructions for writing nominating and supporting letters.

The complete text of the booklet is online. For additional information, please e-mail Amy Allen-Collins at aallen@acponline.org or call her at 800-523-1546, ext. 2692.

College dues payment now available online

ACP members can now pay College dues online.

An e-mail alert went out last month saying that it's time to pay College dues. Members who want to do so online should go to ACP Online and click on the "Pay Your Dues" link; members need to provide their member ID number and credit card information.

All College members will still receive print bills this year and can fax credit card information for payment, or pay by phone by calling Customer Service. You can e-mail questions to custserve@acponline.org or contact ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET).

ACP announces this year's Recruit-a-Colleague winner

James Leonardo, ACP Member, from Cooperstown, N.Y., has won a free trip to Annual Session 2006 in Philadelphia. Dr. Leonardo's name was drawn at an Annual Session 2005 raffle held to encourage internists to recruit new College members.

The grand prize includes registration, airfare and four days of hotel accommodations. ACP members were entered in the drawing if they successfully recruited new members.

The contest is ongoing: At Annual Session 2006, the name of another member who participates in the program will be drawn to win free accommodations to Annual Session 2007 in San Diego.

More information on the College's Recruit-a-Colleague program is online.

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