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Patients Before Paperwork

Patients Before Paperwork is an ACP initiative designed to reinvigorate the patient-physician relationship by challenging unnecessary practice burdens.

Patients Before Paperwork

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What ACP Is Doing

Since the launch of ACP's Patients Before Paperwork initiative in 2015, the College has worked to identify and prioritize the most burdensome administrative tasks faced by ACP members and their patients; develop significant policy recommendations for how to address these administrative tasks; and engage in ongoing outreach and stakeholder engagement efforts with external sources of administrative and regulatory burden.

Policy Development

Policy Development and Education

Tools and Services

Tools and Services Offered by ACP

Advocating for Internists

Advocating for Internists: Feedback to Regulatory Agencies, Congress, and Other Key Stakeholders

ACP collaborates with key regulatory agencies, including CMS and ONC, to update regulations and policies to reduce excessive administrative tasks.

Comments and Responses to Regulatory and Legislative Requests

Direct Outreach to Relevant Organizations

Prior Authorization

What You Can Do to Help

To help the Patients Before Paperwork initiative, you can provide your feedback with our new online data collection tool. This tool is a means for physicians to communicate administrative pain points with ACP staff, share best practices and innovative ideas with each other, and help inform the creation of additional tools and services. Entries will be added to the Administrative Tasks and Best Practices Library.

  • Tell us about your ideas to address administrative tasks.
  • Send in specific examples or vignettes explaining how these tasks have had an impact on your ability to care for a patient.
  • And finally, how can ACP best serve you to address these issues?

Share Your Experiences and Tips

You may also contact us directly at or discuss these issues in the Member Forum on Promoting Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction (ACP Membership required).

Search the ACP Policy Library

To access everything ACP has said related to Medicare reform issues search all policy statements, copies of testimony, and letters to government and non-government officials.

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