ACP urges collaborative action to put patients before paperwork
The policy recommendations include:
• Stakeholders developing or implementing administrative tasks should provide financial, time and quality of care impact statements for public review and comment;
• With more focus on value-based care, stakeholders should review and consider streamlining or eliminating duplicative administrative tasks; and
• Aiming for performance measures that minimize unnecessary burden, maximize patient-and family-centeredness, and integrate measurement of and reporting on performance with quality improvement and care delivery.
“We need to work together with payers and other stakeholders to really make a difference,” said ACP President Nitin S. Damle, MD, MACP, who is also a practicing physician in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
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Shari Erickson, MPH, vice president of governmental and medical practice for the ACP, said the organization has already sent advocacy letters to several stakeholders urging action on their policy recommendations, including America’s Health Insurance Plans, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Health Information Management Systems Society’s EHR Association, comprised of various system vendors.
“We’ve already heard back [from some] interested in engaging in discussions with us,” said Erickson, adding that she was “encouraged” from the early feedback.
Internists attending a session were thankful for the initiative, but others, like Puplampu, felt time was not on the ACP’s side.
“This is a case of too little, too late,” said Henry Haire, MD, FACP, medical director for Florida Atlantic University’s Resident Internal Medicine Clinic, who, like Puplampu, left his day-to-day internist practice after 22 years to go to academia.
Now, as a teacher of future physicians, Haire said he sees residents already turning away from a career in practicing medicine for other endeavors due to the various stressors that await them in the profession.
“We’ve killed the future of primary care practice,” he said. “But I believe there is hope.”