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Internists issue 2-pronged plan to improve health care system
Date:2/21/2013

wholly unnecessary budget impasses that imperil the health and safety of the American people," said ACP's Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Bob Doherty.

ACP's recommendations to make the health system more effective:

  • ACP calls for a renewed commitment at both the national and state levels to effectively implement the coverage expansions and related policies under the ACA, with particular attention to ensuring the poorest and most vulnerable patients have access to affordable coverage.
  • ACP urges Congress and the administration to reach agreement on a plan to replace across-the-board sequestration cuts and future potential future disruptions in funding for critical health care and instead enact fiscally- and socially-responsible alternatives to reduce unnecessary health care spending.
  • Congress must enact legislation to eliminate Medicare's SGR formula and support the medical profession's commitment to transition to new payment models.
  • ACP calls for policies to recruit and retain primary care physicians.
  • A reduction of firearms-related injuries and deaths must result by improving access to mental health services, supporting research on the causes and prevention of violence, and enacting reasonable controls over access to firearms that do not infringe on constitutionally protected rights.

ACP's recommendations to reduce intrusions on the patient-physician relationship:

  • Public and private policymakers and payers must ensure that any payment reforms have, as an explicit goal, allowing physicians to spend more appropriate clinical time with their patients.
  • Payment and delivery reforms that hold physicians accountable for the outcomes of care (measurable performance on quality, cost, satisfaction and experience with care) should concurrently eliminate the layers of review and second-guessing of the clinical decisions made by physicians. '/>"/>

Contact: Jackie Blaser
jblaser@acponline.org
202-261-4572
American College of Physicians
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