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SGIM advocacy promotes and supports policies that improve patient care, strengthen education and training, and promote researchers and their research in general internal medicine. The Society does not advocate for issues that are divisive within SGIM membership. To use limited resources most effectively, advocacy focuses on issues that are critical to General Internal Medicine’s future or on which SGIM offers a unique perspective. The Society of General Internal Medicine follows a specific annual advocacy agenda.

Learn more about SGIM's Health Policy Committee and how you can become involved.

The National Commission on Physician Payment Reform
The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) has also launched an independent commission to assess how physicians are paid, and how pay incentives are linked to patient care. The National Commission on Physician Payment Reform issued recommendations on how to reform the physician payment system in an effort to restrain health care costs while at the same time optimizing outcomes for patients.

Learn More About the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform

How Do I Learn About SGIM's Advocacy Positions?

Learn about the Congressional process and how YOU can become an effective advocate by viewing the documents in the Advocacy 101 area.  You can also read the monthly advocacy documents written by our government relations specialists or ramp up your advocacy education by reading past Quick Hits, SGIM's member advocacy newsletter.  You can also look at the collective legislative endorsements on which SGIM is a signatory.

Ready to Become an SGIM Advocate?

We are ready for you to join us!  TAKE ACTION by contacting your Congressional Representative and signing an online petition on a specific issue.  Or just contact one of the subcommittee chairs to learn how you can become part of this high-achieving committee.

Email Francine Jetton at to join or for more information.


SGIM White Paper on E&M Service Codes 

"The case for the redefinition and revaluation of the outpatient Evaluation and Management (E&M) service codes and the development of new documentation expectations"

Read the full paper here

SGIM Policy, Paper On Reforming Graduate Medicine Education Funding 

The recommendations address workforce analysis, funding mechanisms, transparency, competency-based curriculum accountability, right-sizing the distribution of physician specialties, and educational innovation.  The policy paper was recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Read the full text of the GME reform paper here.

Tom Staiger
Tom Staiger, Chair
Health Policy Committee
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Cavarocchi - Ruscio - Dennis (CRD) Associates, L.L.C. provides government affairs representation to the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Contacts: Lyle Dennis & Domenic Ruscio, Partners, Cavarocchi - Ruscio - Dennis (CRD) Associates, L.L.C.

Erika Miller, Vice President and General Counsel, Cavarocchi - Ruscio - Dennis (CRD) Associates, L.L.C.