Physician groups praised the passage of the House health reform bill with the hope that Congress will act just as swiftly to improve the methodology under which doctors get paid by Medicare.
J. James Rohack, M.D., president of the American Medical Association, praised the reform bill in a written statement, saying it will “significantly expand health insurance coverage to Americans; empower patient and physician decisionmaking; institute meaningful insurance market reforms; make substantial investments in quality; institute prevention and wellness initiatives; provide incentives to states that adopt certificate of merit and/or early offer liability reforms, and reduce administrative burdens.”
The American Academy of Family Physicians specifically lauded the bill's investments in primary care.
In creating a patient-centered medical home pilot program, “the legislation will encourage Medicare beneficiaries to get the comprehensive, whole-person care that improves their health while helping control the cost of their care,” Lori Heim, president of the AAFP, says in a written statement.
The Direct Primary Care Coalition was also pleased to see the House bill would include primary care medical homes in its health insurance exchange.
With the passage of health reform, physician groups are counting on Congress to act on a narrower bill next week that would offer a fix to Medicare's troubled physician payment system.
William Jessee, M.D., president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association says his organization looked forward to Congress' “rapid action” on the next health reform bill on its agenda, which which seeks to eliminate a 21% reduction to Medicare physician payments in January 2010.
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