Archive for August, 2013

Protect Healthcare Reform

August 10, 2013 Leave a comment

There is no greater battle before us than to fight the ignorance and misinformation campaign of those who would seek to defund Obamacare.  The outcome may well affect the well being of generations of Americans.

Presidents since Teddy Roosevelt have understood the need and the importance of reforming healthcare in America.  Obamacare may well be President Obama’s greatest achievement and will be long remembered after everyone has forgotten that he was the first African American president.  The law’s flaws do not outweigh its many benefits, the most important of which is that it has shifted the focus of healthcare from procedure based to performance based — doing tests on sick patients is no as profitable to healthcare providers as keeping patients from getting sick.

We must not let this important first step to fix to the healthcare system to die by the actions of a narrow minded minority.  Contact your Senators and Representatives.

The ACP Advocate Blog — “If I were King”

August 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Bob Doherty, ACP’s Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, blogs about important health policy issues in The ACP Advocate Blog.

This is from Doherty’s August 2 blogpost, “If I were King.”  It is a thoughtful article that focuses on the issues that need to be addressed in U.S. healthcare and offers sensible approaches to resolving them.

“But yet, is my wish list really too much to expect from elected lawmakers in Washington who take a solemn oath to a Constitution that requires them to promote the common welfare and ensure domestic tranquility?  Is it too much to ask that we provide every American with health insurance, that we free doctors from unnecessary red tape and paperwork, that we enact policies that support the value of primary care,  that physicians and nurses put aside their differences so that they can work together to provide the best possible care to patients, that we facilitate choice and completion by posting comparative information on price and quality, that we keep guns out of the hands of insane people and convicted felons and that we limit access to guns that allow murderers to kill as many people as possible in as little time as possible (including schoolchildren), that we repeal the ridiculous SGR formula, and that we reform our politics so government can actually start governing again?  Is that really too much of a fantasy to ask of the people we elect?”

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To change health care, we need more physician leaders

August 10, 2013 Leave a comment

From Dr. Davis Liu’s post on

“We see our health care system not doing better because we do not have the structure or leadership to move the system because we have no system. There is no common leadership. There is no common culture. There is no common goal. Instead it is hundreds of thousands of doctors often working in small groups not having the types of conversation and the follow through needed to change norms or culture. This stunning gap of what we know works and what actually happens continues to harm patients. Whether accountable care organizations will be the right microculture to improve health care remains to be seen. What really matters is whether there is leadership at these organizations willing to have the difficult one to one conversations on a consistent basis. I believe that physician leaders, who both have clinical expertise and credibility, are best suited for this role.”

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