For Immediate Release
September 16, 2009
Contact: Megan Smith, 202.481.8219
Physicians Discuss Medicare Pilots with White House
50 Doctors for America members join HHS Chief, Health Policy Chief for Announcement
WASHINGTON, DC –Fifty Doctors for America members were a part of the White House announcement today regarding an expansion of state-based initiatives to improve "Advanced Primary Care” (APC) models" also known as medical homes. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle, and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas were a part of the group gathered today for this health reform statement.
“As physicians, we want to practice in a health care system that allows us to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. This initiative, along with ongoing reform efforts, emphasizes rewarding doctors for delivering high-quality, patient-centered care. We're pleased to see the Administration build on Vermont's efforts to improve the ability of doctors, especially primary care physicians, to give patients the care they deserve,” said Dr. Mandy Krauthamer. Executive Director of Doctors for America.
The model programs will mean Medicare is a full partner in the pilot program. This pilot effort also means that primary care physicians will be better informed of their patient’s progress and uniformly compensated for their time working within the model. The integration of modern health information technology in Vermont’s medical homes has improved quality of care for patients and generated savings for the cost of care.
These kinds of reforms speak to the elements of reform Doctors for America, is working to achieve – better access, quality and cost of care for our patients, and a more constructive practice environment for physicians who feel the strain of procedure based pricing in our health care system.
Doctors for America is a grassroots group of over 14,500 physicians in all fifty states that remains committed to pursuing meaningful health reform. The group works to convey the ideas and experiences of physicians in order to achieve reform that provides high quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.