Coalition backs physician payment reforms

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 25, 2010

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A group of national health care and consumer organizations on Jan. 14 issued a set of principles outlining for Congress their vision for physician payment reform.

Current payment structures reward volume over value of services, discourage efforts to coordinate care and undermine the patient-physician relationship, according to the more than 30 organizations that have joined the ABIM Foundation in endorsing the principles. The foundation, which counsels the American Board of Internal Medicine, encourages the use of clinical evidence to guide medical decisions and calls for a reduction in pay disparities across specialties. It also calls for performance measures used in payment and reporting systems to be valid and meaningful to physicians and patients.

"It is critical for our nation's health care leaders to move forward to rapidly and effectively design, implement and sustain these models," said Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, president of the American College of Physicians. Coalition members include the ACP, AARP, the American College of Cardiology and Consumers Union.

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