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Debt ceiling agreement 'essential' to prevent disruption of care for Medicare & Medicaid patients
Date:7/7/2011

nd ensure a sufficient physician workforce."

As an alternative to across-the-board cuts in essential health programs, ACP urged Congress and the administration to partner with physicians to support bold efforts to reduce per capita health care spending and promote innovation in payment and delivery systems. The letter recommended nine ways to address true "cost-drivers" that result in unsustainable health care spending by the federal government.

"Studies show that much of health care spending in the United States is on marginal or ineffective treatments that have no value to the patient," Dr. Hood said. "In addition, current payment and delivery systems create incentives for higher volume of services, rather than better value (better outcomes achieved efficiently) for patients."

"We stand ready to assist you in achieving such an historic agreement," Dr. Hood concluded.


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Contact: David Kinsman
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American College of Physicians
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