Navigation Links
American College of Surgeons Supports Steps to Shore Up Medicare Payment System In Proposed Federal Budget
Date:2/27/2009

Applauds President's Commitment to Health Reform

CHICAGO, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Surgeons (ACS) supports important steps to address Medicare's broken physician payment system included in President Obama's FY 2010 budget proposal that was released yesterday. In addition, the College applauds the overarching goals of President Obama's health care reform effort to expand access, improve quality, and reduce the growth of spending that were outlined in the President's budget proposal.

"We look forward to working with the Administration on meaningful reform of the current physician payment system," said Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons. While it waits for specific proposals to achieve these goals, the American College of Surgeons believes attention should be paid to initiatives that reward care that improves quality and reduces cost.

"We believe health care reform should encourage and reward physicians and surgeons choosing the optimal treatment, whether it's surgical care or some other course of action," Dr. Russell added. "If a health system can reduce costs by removing waste and creating efficiencies, then the whole health system benefits."

A key element to succeeding is to establish a system to measure quality of care and outcomes based on evidence-based medicine and standards of care in a timely manner. In the field of cancer care, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a pioneer in measuring performance. All hospitals and free-standing cancer treatment facilities approved by the CoC report clinical data through the National Cancer Data Base and receive evidence-based benchmark comparison reports based on accepted standards of care for breast and colorectal cancers. These measures are endorsed by the National Quality Forum.

To provide better "real-time" feedback, the CoC has also developed a new reporting system that could link into the interoperable, nationwide Health Information Technology (HIT) system, which just received significant support from the stimulus bill recently passed by Congress. Called the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS), this prospective electronic reporting system monitors evidence-based performance measures in real-time, alerting providers when standards of care for select cancers are not being met. The College believes RQRS could ultimately play an important part in any new, outcomes-based payment models.

When it comes to funding new systems to measure performance and help set standards of care that are critical to effective health care reform, ACS believes that priority should be given to supporting and expanding existing efforts, such as RQRS.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 74,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American College of Surgeons
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Many faces of diabetes in American youth: The SEARCH for diabetes in youth study
2. Paul Tornetta III, MD, Elected to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Directors
3. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Appoints Peter Mandell, MD, Chair of the Council on Advocacy
4. American Association for Homecare Supports President Obama in His Commitment to Stop Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Medicare
5. Statement by American Heart Association President Timothy Gardner, M.D. in Response to Health Proposals in President Obamas Budget
6. Wound Care Certification Course Endorsed by the American College of Certified Wound Specialists
7. Americans Will Soon Have Medical Butlers to Assist in Medical Tourism Research
8. National Autism Association Announces American Legion Child Welfare Grant for Autism Outreach
9. Michael L. Parks, MD, Elected to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Directors
10. Joseph D. Zuckerman, M.D., Elected President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
11. HMS Responds to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... The American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM) Board of Directors has ... succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer upon his retirement. Dr. Newton will serve in the ... at the end of 2018. Upon assuming the role of President and CEO on ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 ... ... of Pharmacy (SOP) alumni Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ... on guideline updates for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many ... dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the ... 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th ... Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader ... been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ... the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/19/2017)... 19, 2017 HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing a non-invasive, robotically ... announced three leadership team developments today:   ... ... Tom ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek , PhD, who ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... Sept. 18, 2017 EpiVax, Inc. ... bioinformatics and immune engineering, today announced a ... A (H7N9) vaccine. ... seasonal influenza and presents a challenge for ... exposure to be effective. Using state-of-the-art bioinformatics and ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... N.J. , Sept. 12, 2017  Consumer reviews on the ... Hearing as the number one company for hearing aids, ranking ... and fifteen other brands. ... Embrace Hearing Named #1 by Consumers For Hearing Aids ... Embrace Hearing is an online store that provides high ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: