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Payment reform and solutions to challenges facing primary care addressed in policy papers
Date:4/24/2009

WASHINGTON New policy papers addressing comprehensive payment reform and solutions to challenges facing primary care physicians were released today by the American College of Physicians (ACP). The new policy papers are:

  • Reforming Physician Payments to Achieve Greater Value in Health Care Spending
  • Solutions to the Challenges Facing Primary Care Medicine: Comprehensive Strategies from the American College of Physicians

"These papers are complementary," noted ACP President Jeffrey P. Harris, MD, FACP. "By approving them earlier this week, ACP's Board of Regents showed that reform of physician payment policies must go hand-in-hand with policies to reverse the growing shortage of primary care physicians in the United States."

The papers were featured today in a panel discussion, ACP's Comprehensive Strategies for Payment Reform and Solutions to the Challenges Facing Primary Care Medicine, at Internal Medicine 2009, ACP's annual meeting. The session was moderated by Dr. Harris. Panelists were Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, FACP, president-elect of ACP, J. Fred Ralston, Jr., MD, FACP, an ACP regent, and Robert B. Doherty, senior vice president of ACP's division of governmental affairs and public policy.

"Taken together, these papers propose comprehensive changes in medical education, workforce, financing, delivery, and payment policies to ensure there will be enough primary care physicians to meet the growing demand in the United States," said Dr. Stubbs. "Primary care is essential to an effective and high-performing health care system. In fact, primary care has been proven to save money and improve health, yet primary care is nearing collapse."

The "Payments" paper features 30 policy recommendations and suggests elements relating to 11 broad themes that should be included in payment reform models. It recommends a two-component process to realize the comprehensive payment reform that will result in be
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Contact: David Kinsman
dkinsman@acponline.org
202-261-4554
American College of Physicians
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