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July 24, 2012
ACP testimony to Ways and Means subcommittee says reforms
should focus on medical professions' efforts to improve
(Washington) - "Repeal of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate
(SGR) is essential, but repeal by itself will not move Medicare to
better ways to deliver care," David L. Bronson, MD, FACP, president
of the American College of Physicians (ACP), today told the House
Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. "We need to transition from
a fundamentally broken physician payment system to one that is
based on the value of services to patients, building on
physician-led initiatives to improve outcomes and lower costs."
Dr. Bronson described how physician organization's efforts and
initiatives to promote high quality care could contribute to a
solution to fixing the Medicare physician payment system. He
a pathway that could serve as the start to such a transition.
He suggested that Congress establish a transitional value-based
payment initiative, so that physicians who voluntarily participate
in physician-led programs to improve quality and value would be
eligible for higher Medicare updates.
As part of this transitional program, he recommended that higher
Medicare updates be provided to physicians in recognized
Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Patient-Centered Medical
Home Neighborhood (PCMH-N) practices.
"Many insurers are now offering Patient-Centered Medical Homes
to tens of millions of patients, achieving major quality
improvements and cost savings," said Dr. Bronson. "It is time to
make them more available to Medicare patients, by providing higher
updates to physicians who are in Patient-Centered Medical Homes
certified through an independent recognition and review
Patient-Centered Medical Homes provide patients with:
In addition, Dr. Bronson continued, Medicare "should support the
contributions of subspecialists and specialists in coordinating
care with PCMHs" by providing higher updates for physicians in
PCMH-N practices. To qualify for the higher update, PCMH-N
practices would have to demonstrate that they have the information
systems, formal arrangements, and other practice capabilities
needed to share information and coordinate treatment decisions with
a primary care medical home.
Dr. Bronson also recommended that Medicare payment policies
support efforts by the medical profession to encourage high value,
cost-conscious care. Specifically, he discussed ACP's efforts to
promote high value, cost-conscious care. ACP's High Value,
Cost-Conscious Care Initiative helps physicians and patients
understand the benefits, harms, and costs of an intervention and
whether it provides good value to the patient.
Finally, Dr. Bronson urged that existing Medicare quality
improvement programs-meaningful use standards for electronic health
records, e-prescribing incentive payments, and the Physicians
Quality Reporting System-be improved and harmonized, by providing
more timely performance data to physicians and having greater
consistency in the measures and reporting requirements for each
program. He also recommended that they be aligned with the regular
practice assessment, reporting, and quality improvement activities
that individual physicians already are required to undertake as
part of their specialty board Maintenance of Certification. He
cited the example of the American Board of Internal Medicine
including quality measures, reporting and improvement tools focused
on communication between primary care and subspecialist physicians
in providing patient-centered care.
"Payment policies should support physicians who participate in
and engage their patients in efforts to provide clinical advice and
education on high value and cost-conscious care and who deliver
high quality, coordinated care through Patient-Centered Medical
Homes and Patient-Centered Medical Home Neighbors. Existing
Medicare quality improvement programs must be improved and
harmonized," concluded Dr. Bronson. "Through such efforts, Medicare
can begin moving away from a fundamentally broken payment system to
one that supports high value, coordinated, and patient-centered
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