President Barack Obama in a meeting with major medical organizations assured physicians that healthcare reforms proposed on Capitol Hill would enable physicians to spend more time with patients and less time pushing paperwork.
Obama seeks to reassure docs about reform
Healthcare legislation under consideration in the House and Senate will help make doctor's lives “easier” by moving to electronic health records, and by working to fix Medicare's physician payment formula, Obama said during a meeting at the White House. He mentioned other specific proposals, such as loan forgiveness for primary-care physicians who choose to practice in rural and underserved areas. These reforms will ensure “that neither some government bureaucrat or insurance company bureaucrat gets between a patient and their doctor,” Obama said.
Participating physician groups included the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, Doctors for America and the National Medical Association.
Medical groups seemed buoyed by the president's remarks. “By focusing on patients and reforming the physician payment system to reward positive outcomes rather than the number of procedures and tests, we can increase the efficiency of treating patients and cut down on wasteful spending,” said Jack Lewin, CEO of the American College of Cardiology, in a written statement.
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