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    ACP urges collaborative action to put patients before paperwork


    ACP's 7 policy recommendations to reduce administration tasks

    1. Calling on external stakeholders who develop or implement administrative tasks to provide financial, time and quality of care impact statements for public review and comment.  Tasks that have wholly negative impacts should be eliminated.
    2. Regular review, revision, alignment or streamlining of any administrative tasks that cannot be eliminated, in a transparent manner, with the goal of minimizing burden.


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    3. Collaboration by stakeholders with specialty societies, frontline clinicians, patients, and EHR vendors to aim for performance measures that minimize unnecessary clinician burden, maximize patient- and family-centeredness, and integrate the measurement of and reporting on performance with quality improvement and care delivery.
    4. Collaboration by stakeholders to make better use of existing health information technology and to develop more innovative approaches.
    5. Review and consideration by stakeholders, with a focus on value, of how to streamline or eliminate duplicative tasks.  More specifically, they should consider decreasing oversight or requirements for physicians who have a demonstrated high-performance or are taking on greater financial risk in innovative care-delivery approaches.
    6. Calling for research into the impact of administrative tasks on our health care system in terms of quality, time and cost.
    7. Seeking research into how to help physicians and other clinicians reduce administrative burdens within their practices and organizations.

    Source: American College of Physicians


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    • [email protected]
      Wow, good luck with this ACP, the solution looks as burdensome as the problem. May take as long to implement this plan as it did for healthcare to get to where it is now in this hot mess. I am loving a life of no insurance in Direct Primary Care!
    • [email protected]
      This article is laughable! I don't even understand the "steps" to avoid burnout listed above. More gobbledigoop from those entrenched in this mess we call healthcare. The ONLY viable solution is for more doctors to shed their practices of insurance billing and EHRs, return to well-kept written records and take care of your patients as your primary goal. Cash is king for many businesses including healthcare. Stop relinquishing control to NPs and PAs and take back patient care. Let patients know they are your primary concern. Charge a fair but low price for your services and only accept cash or check. Let the patients handle their insurance billing with a receipt from you for services rendered. Heck, they do it for their auto insurance when applicable! I have been doing this for years and have had to close my practice to new patients I was so over-whelmed. It is risky and scary but the overhead is much lower and the stress level is rock-bottom! Find a niche practice and talk to your patients. They are not getting that anywhere. They will value that above all else. Good luck. Things are not going to get better by creating more complicated business analysis steps that you have to have an masters degree to understand. We are physicians-not health care providers or wall street experts!
    • UBM User
      AMEN! You are right on! I bailed out of insurance and Medicare/Medicaid a few years ago and went back to practicing medicine the way we are supposed to: putting all our efforts and concerns into our patients. Now I really enjoy the calling God gave me.

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