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Recommendations for Constructive Approaches to Narrow
Networks and Other Barriers to Access Included in 2014 ACP State of
the Nation's Health Care Report
Washington, February 11, 2014 — "For the first time in the
history of the United States, Americans are experiencing the
benefits of health reforms designed to ensure that everyone has
access to affordable coverage including a suite of essential
benefits," Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, president of the American College
of Physicians (ACP), said at today's annual State of the Nation's
Health Care briefing. "In addition, Congress is on the verge of
passing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to repeal the Sustainable
Growth Rate formula. This flawed formula was put in place by
Congress in 1997, and resulted in the first scheduled cut in
physician payments in 2002. Now, 12 years later, we have the
opportunity to permanently eliminate the SGR and accelerate that
transition to value-based payment and delivery models."
21-page report, ACP offers its assessment of where things stand
with both the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare Physician
Payment Reform and the next steps to be taken to build on the
While applauding the historic progress being made in expanding
access to coverage, ACP noted two challenges that can create
barriers to care. The trend to narrow provider networks and to
restrictive formularies, which can make it difficult for patients
to see the physicians they trust and get the medications they need.
While such trends pre-date and are not limited to health plans
offered through the ACA, ACP observed that the federal government
has a particular responsibility to address such barriers to access
in federally qualified plans. State regulatory agencies and the
insurance industry itself also have important roles.
Dr. Cooke reported on letters sent today by ACP to HHS Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius, the National
Association of Insurance Commissioners, America's Health
Insurance Plans, and the Blue Cross and
Blue Shield Association of America, featuring specific and
detailed recommendations from ACP to address concerns about the
impact of unduly narrow networks and restrictive drug formularies
and related issues on patient choice, access and continuity of
care. ACP calls for a balanced, constructive and transparent
approach to allow patients/consumers to make informed choices, to
reduce unnecessary interruptions in continuity of care, and to
ensure fairness and due process for clinicians and patients,
including improvements in federal and state regulatory oversight of
qualified health plans.
The specific, detailed recommendations presented by ACP today,
are offered in the spirit of making sure that even as coverage is
expanded, "we also constructively discuss and address potential
obstacles to patients obtaining the care they need, from physicians
they trust." ACP noted that as a result of the reluctance of some
states to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid, two out of
three of the poorest Americans who were supposed to get covered by
the ACA are left out. ACP reissued its call for all states to
commit to expand Medicaid by the end of this year. Dr. Cooke noted
that ACP is working with its chapters to get the word out to their
states that expanding Medicaid is the right thing to do, for the
health of their residents and for their state budgets.
In conclusion, Dr. Cooke suggested, "Let's build upon the
enormous progress that already has been made. That way, 2014 truly
is viewed as a watershed year in which we could honestly say that
the state of the nation's health care is good and getting better,
millions of Americans formerly without insurance are moving into
the ranks of the insured, and we are making serious progress on
paying for value to patients in the Medicare system."
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group in the United States. ACP members include 137,000 internal
medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and
medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who
apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis,
treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum
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