ACP calls for elimination of SGR, better physician-patient relations
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends these steps 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 Affordable Care Act (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 potential future disruptions in funding for critical healthcare and instead enact fiscally-and socially-responsible alternatives to reduce unnecessary healthcare 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.
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.