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ACP proposes solutions for America's health care system

A policy paper providing proposals for resolving some of the major problems with the health care system in America was released today by The American College of Physicians (ACP) at its annual report on "The State of the Nation's Health Care."

"The Advanced Medical Home: A Patient-Centered, Physician-Guided Model of Health Care," proposes a fundamental change in the way that principal - or primary care - is delivered and financed. "ACP proposals would provide patients with access to care that is coordinated by their own personal physician," explained C. Anderson Hedberg, ACP president. "The physicians will be working in a practice environment organized around patients' needs."

The paper recommends voluntary certification and recognition of primary care and specialty medical practices that use health information technology, quality measurement and reporting, patient-friendly scheduling systems and other "best practices" to deliver better value and improve care coordination for patients, especially those with multiple chronic illnesses.

While the specific criteria for being listed as a qualified advanced medical home will be developed later, ACP envisions that qualified practices will have the following kinds of services in place.

  • Primary care physicians would be responsible for partnering with their patients to assure that all of their health care is managed and coordinated effectively. This will be a major improvement from the fragmented health care system that we see today. They would partner with, and educate patients with chronic diseases, like diabetes, to help them manage their own conditions and prevent avoidable complications that would inevitably occur without long-range attention. These complications of diabetes include amputation, blindness, heart attacks and kidney failure.
  • The practice would use innovative scheduling syste
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Contact: Leigh Fazzina
lfazzina@acponline.org
215-351-2514
American College of Physicians
30-Jan-2006


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