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Alliance of Specialty Medicine Group Meeting With Congress Relative to Patient Access and Medicare Fix

Posted Jun 23 2010 12:32pm

This adds more support to a permanent fix for the Medicare compensation fix too, a good thing.  Perhaps this group can make some impact where others have not been able to get their attention. Most members of Congress from what I read though, are “non participants” in most areas of healthcare themselves.  I watched the Senate hearings in January of 2009 and none of them knew what a personal health record was as Kaiser and Microsoft explained it to the Finance committee.  Perhaps when discussions are done here some convincing of the membership may have some impact.  Check it out if you like, it was their video too.  image

Investing in Health IT: US Senate Testimonies

We wouldn’t have to spend all this time in many areas of healthcare explaining what is going on if members participated themselves, they would have a clue of what it is like to be consumer and at the same time increase their own knowledge.  Health is something we are born with and is not a choice like buying a car. Our members of Congress appear to be right up there in the group that is clueless by all means.

Here’s another study that was done due to non participation, so much of this just comes to you if you join in with a bit of Health IT, otherwise folks have to do studies and explain to you what is obvious to others that participate. 

HHS To Conduct Study on Patient Perception on Health IT – Got A Better Idea Why Don’t They Become E-patients Role Models, and Participants – Make IT Personal and Believable

I hope they have some luck here in breaking through some of the dead walls we have been attempting to tear down for years.  BD

WASHINGTON--( EON: Enhanced Online News )--More than 50 specialty doctors from across the country, representing the Alliance of Specialty Medicine , met in Washington, D.C. today to talk to their members of Congress about the recently passed health care reform law and the need to foster and protect patient access to high quality specialty care.

The specialty doctors were scheduled to meet with nearly 80 Members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, and provide them with a physician’s view on the health care industry and discuss what can be done to better ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care. Physicians specifically highlighted the need to reform the Medicare physician payment system in a way that recognizes advances in medical science, technology, and treatment.

Doctors urged their representatives to permanently replace the outdated Medicare physician payment system, the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, and asked that Congress repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-member board of non-elected officials who will recommend Medicare spending reductions in order to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare in years when spending exceeds a targeted growth rate.

The Alliance of Specialty Medicine is an organization of national medical societies, based in Washington, DC, which represents specialty physicians in the United States. This non-partisan group is dedicated to the development of sound federal health care policy that fosters patient access to the highest quality specialty care. Member organizations include: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; American Association of Neurological Surgeons; American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Gastroenterological Association; American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery; American Urological Association; Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations; Congress of Neurological Surgeons; National Association of Spine Specialists; Heart Rhythm Society; and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. For more information, please visit www.specialtydocs.org .

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