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Barriers to Health Care, Prescription Choice Hurt Patients, Leading Doctor Says
Date:4/28/2009

ce company pressures doctors and patients to switch from a medicine that may be working well to either a less-expensive generic alternative or another cheaper drug that might have different active ingredients. The result for some patients is increased risks and less effective care.

Much of the time, physicians prescribe the least expensive medication or generic equivalent for the best medical outcome. They don't need third parties questioning the drugs they prescribe and the reasons for those prescriptions.

Williams wrote "The Textbook of Black-Related Diseases," which details medical conditions peculiar to African Americans. It's the only book of its kind and is considered the classic seminal work on the medical status of blacks.

Also speaking on the National Minority Quality Forum panel was Tammy Banks of the American Medical Association. Banks, Director of the Practice Management Center and Payment Advocacy, spoke on the "Diagnosis and Cure for the Broken Claims Process."

To help reduce the substantial administrative burden of ensuring accurate insurance payments for physician services, Banks said the AMA launched the Heal the Claims Process campaign to help cure the ailing system of processing medical claims with health insurers and unveiled the first AMA National Health Insurer Report Card on claims processing.

A third panelist, David Satin, MD, spoke on "The impact of Pay For Performance On Health Care Disparities." He discussed the pros and cons of pay for performance and how it might impact health disparities.

Satin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics and Assistant Professor in the University's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He practices family medicine at Smiley's Family Medicine Residency Program in Minneapolis.


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