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



The American College of Physicians has a two-pronged plan 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.



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