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.
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