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National Patient Advocate Foundation Founder Testifies Before U.S. Senate Health Committee on Methods to Improve Healthcare Quality and Patient Outcomes
Date:1/29/2009

In Invited Testimony, Nancy Davenport-Ennis, National Patient Advocate Foundation President, CEO and Founder, Recommends Variety of Healthcare System Strategies to Enhance Patient Care

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaking on behalf of patients facing access to care challenges in the United States, National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) and Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) President, CEO and Founder Nancy Davenport-Ennis was invited to testify today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on recommended ideas and strategies for improving healthcare quality and patient outcomes during the Committee's "Crossing the Chasm in Health Care Reform" hearing.

In her testimony, Davenport-Ennis pointed to both long- and short-term approaches designed to reduce medical errors, lower the cost of care and improve patient outcomes. These included adjusting national payment policies that currently reimburse for unnecessary and ineffective care, adopting electronic medical records in order to more efficiently coordinate care, providing physicians with trusted independent clinical research to assist them in prescribing treatment protocols, and establishing sound scientific and evidence-based research to guide many clinical diagnoses.

"On behalf of the millions of American patients experiencing less than ideal medical care, as well as grappling with covering the monumental costs of their care, NPAF is extremely honored to be contributing our ideas for enhancing U.S. healthcare to the U.S. Senate Health Committee," said Davenport-Ennis. "Our testimony is grounded in PAF's more than 12 years of documentation across 300,000 closed patient cases reporting the concrete gaps and failures in our current healthcare delivery and financing systems - and as such, NPAF's recommendations today are specifically designed to address these system shortcomings in a practical and mean
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