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ACP says Congress must find 'common ground' to address 'crisis in our health care system'
Date:1/27/2011

idents, as proposed by the bipartisan Empowering States to Innovate Act, introduced in the 111th Congress by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore) and Scott Brown (R-Mass).

  • Congress should also consider advancing the date by which states can enter into a regulatory agreement to allow the sale of health insurance across state lines.

    ACP's recommendations to improve workforce capacity include:

    • Congress should fully fund, at no less than the authorized levels set by the ACA, essential "discretionary" programs to ensure a sufficient and well-trained primary care workforce.

    • Congress should support the ACA's programs to reform payment and delivery systems to recognize the value of primary care.

    • Congress should enact additional legislation to facilitate additional payment and delivery system reforms to recognize and support the value of care provided by internists and other primary care physicians.

    ACP's recommendations for slowing the rate of growth in health care costs include:

    • Congress should support and build upon the programs in the ACA that have the greatest potential to "bend the cost curve."

    • Congress should enact more effective medical liability reforms, including a national pilot program on health courts.

    • Medical professional societies should take the lead in developing guidelines based on the best available evidence to reduce misuse and over-use of diagnostic tests and treatments and promote adoption of such guidelines by their members.

    • Policymakers, including Congress and President Obama, should join with the medical profession in engaging the public in a conversation about how best to conserve and allocate limited health care resources effectively, rationally, judiciously, and equitably.

    During the briefing, ACP released a major new policy paper that proposes a framework for making decisions on conserving and allocating resources at the patie
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  • Contact: David Kinsman
    dkinsman@acponline.org
    202-261-4554
    American College of Physicians
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