ACPNJ Advocacy Center

As physicians caring directly for patients, our mission must include advocacy and social justice.

The voices of physicians, individually and even more so collectively, have enormous power to affect change as we are trusted, informed, and dedicated to the needs and rights of others who are often lack that voice.

Advocacy also can directly and positively impact your practice of medicine as ACPNJ supports issues with direct relevancy to patient care and physician careers.

Becoming an advocate for subjects about which you are passionate has the added benefit of shifting your locus of control from the passive recipient of change to an active driver of that change.

Such a perspective can minimize burnout and reinvigorate careers. ACP NJ has been effectively interacting with legislators to affect needed policy change and help our patients. We are passionately committed to advocacy and welcome you to join our efforts.

For more information on our advocacy initiatives or to join the Health and Public Policy Committee, please contact Committee Chair Lisa Cerceo, MD.

Advocacy in Action

We in New Jersey have an outstanding opportunity to take part in ACP's annual advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., as well as here at home all year long.

ACPNJ Delegation visiting Rep. Frank Pallone during the 2019 Leadership Day.

Please stand with us and advocate for our patients, our practices and our profession!

Important advocacy events include Leadership Day - ACP Services Inc.'s annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill, and ACP's annual State of the Nation's Healthcare briefing.

ACPNJ Attends Virtual Leadership Day 2021

2021 Virtual Advocacy Day
May 7, 2021

Advocacy News

2021 Leadership Day Report

By admin | June 1, 2021

Representatives from ACPNJ participated in the May 26th ACP Leadership Day, which was conducted virtually for the first time.   Jonathan Shammash, MD, FACP, ACPNJ Northern Governor; Elizabeth Cerceo, MD, FACP, ACPNJ Health and Public Policy Committee Chair; Sunil Sapru, MD, FACP, ACNJ Northern Governor-Elect; and Adam Ungemach, MS3 at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University…

The People of India Need Our Help NOW!

By admin | April 26, 2021

COVID 19 has created an unprecedented crisis for India and the Indian people. India needs oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and medicine. Many of our internists in New Jersey have family in India and within the state we have a large population of citizens from India. Our help is needed to support those in India who are…

Earth Day is April 22!

By admin | April 21, 2021

As physicians’ vow to first do no harm, we must recognize the link between environmental health and wellbeing and our patients’ health and wellbeing. We all impact our environment in ways large and small. Four overarching areas to consider are the following: Shelter and Energy, Transportation and Travel, Food and Water, and Consumer Purchases. Each…

Proposed Visa Rule Change Would Affect Those With J-1 Classification

By admin | October 12, 2020

There is a proposal for a visa rule change September 25 by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would affect those with visa classifications targeted as J-1. This rule has the potential to cause significant disruptions to the medical training of the more than 12,000 J-1 holding visas physicians at almost 750 teaching hospitals…

Payment for Telehealth and Telephone Consultations During COVID-19 – ACP Chapter Toolkit

By admin | June 7, 2020

Summary To help ensure access to care, during the COVID-19 health emergency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has lifted many of the Medicare barriers to telehealth by expanding coverage and paying for telehealth services at in person rates. CMS is also paying for telephone (audio-only) calls but at a lower rate. Patients can be at…

NJ Internist George Wang, MD, FACP published in National Library of Medicine

By admin | May 22, 2020

Paper on food systems and environmental sustainability was co-authored by George Wang, MD, FACP https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30243951

ACPNJ Advocacy Committee meets with NJ Sen. Vitale

By admin | March 5, 2020

The ACPNJ Advocacy Committee met with State Senator Joseph Vitale on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in his Woodbridge, NJ office. ACPNJ Attendees included Dr Jonathan Shammash, NJ Northern Governor, Dr Louis Friedman, Chapter Treasurer, Dr Elizabeth Cerceo, Council Member and Chapter Wellness Champion, Dr Daniel Ricketti, Resident Committee Co-Chair, and Ms Claudine Leone, Government Affairs…

ACPNJ is committed to incorporating sustainability into healthcare

Please join us to share ideas and collaborate on this common goal  

Healthcare systems leave a huge environmental footprint, contributing almost 10% of the country’s greenhouse gases. They also produce more than 4.67 million tons of waste every year and use 7% of the country's commercial water supply.

Physicians, in delivering care to our patients, can then be simultaneously contributing to the climate change impacting public health.

ACP is committed to incorporating sustainability into healthcare. One way to do it is by mobilizing the resources in the places we work, in the hospitals, surgical centers, and outpatient offices. Cost savings often accompany these initiatives too.

We are interested in bringing together individuals across the state to share ideas and collaborate with the common goal of improving healthcare sustainability and mitigating climate change. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Health and Public Policy Committee, please contact Committee Chair Lisa Cerceo, MD.

Submit a Resolution!

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or do you have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to the chapter.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them.. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's 2018-2020 Priority Initiatives  to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

To begin the resolution process start by researching the College's position on an issue. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the "Advocacy" link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search ACP's library of policies and recommendations.

Click here to access the Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.

Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

Share your good idea with us.. Draft a resolution and email Associate Executive Director, Dr. Theresa Barrett  with the word "resolution" in the subject line.