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Internists Aim to End 'Assault' on Patient-Physician Relationship

Greg Freeman, April 9, 2013

ACP's two-pronged plan includes specific and achievable proposals to continue to advance the progress being made in expanding affordable coverage, lowering costs, recruiting and retaining primary care physicians, and reforming physician payment systems.

National leaders must reduce barriers to the patient-physician relationship, which will help accomplish the only genuine purpose of health reform, putting the interests of patients first, says Bob Doherty, ACP's senior vice president of governmental affairs and public policy.

"It simply is unacceptable that the political divisions in Washington have caused a recurring series of wholly unnecessary budget impasses that imperil the health and safety of the American people," Doherty says.

According to Bronson, the ACP says improving the lot of individual physicians is key to improving the healthcare system overall.

"Systemwide efforts to improve the healthcare system won't succeed on their own in improving access and quality if the physicians that the system is counting on to deliver are over-hassled, over-stressed, harried, hushed, and rushed," Bronson said. "ACP views necessary strategic health reform improvements and results not from a partisan or ideological perspective, but from the standpoint of what the evidence tells us will be the most effective course of action."

To that end, ACP is calling on Congress to involve physicians in an effort to improve quality reporting programs-and that will require reducing administrative barriers and improving bonus programs, ACP says.

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2 comments on "Internists Aim to End 'Assault' on Patient-Physician Relationship"


Robert Luedecke, MD (4/12/2013 at 6:40 PM)
Outstanding article in that it says the well-being of each and every patient must remain the most important focus of healthcare and that we need to make system changes in a way that make sense for physicians. Thank you for asking state and federal legislators to resist the temptation to practice medicine by telling us what tests to order in a specific case.

Lyle Kelsey (4/11/2013 at 10:27 AM)
"State and federal authorities should avoid enactment of mandates that interfere with physician free speech and the patient-physician relationship." Dr. Freeman, I read your article with interest in that as a state regulator, the Oklahoma Medical Board is currently changing the way the patient-physician relationship (PPR) is delivered to embrace better interstate Telemedicine access for physicians. This is a major progressive step for a regulatory board. I want to make sure what the ACP means by the "assault" on PPR? Do they mean the assault to do away with the actual face to face PPR or the assault to keep actual face to face "in person" PPR or simply more regulatory intrusion into the PPR? Lyle Kelsey executive Director Oklahoma Medical Board