AAFP Agrees With Vision Of Health Care System
Sen. Max Baucus’ white paper, Call to Action: Health Reform 2009, is on target and reflects a “thorough and comprehensive review of the current health care system’s flaws and needs,” according to Jim King, M.D., chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.
King praised the white paper in a letter sent to Baucus today. Noting, “Your proposal provides a thorough and comprehensive review of the current health care system’s flaws and needs,” King expressed support for several elements of the white paper:
* Expanding Medicare’s role in testing the patient-centered medical home model.
* Reducing or eliminating copayments for services included in medical homes.
* Addressing the flawed sustainable growth rate formula on which current Medicare physician payment is based.
* Providing financial assistance for smaller primary care practices to adopt health information technology.
* Investigating changes in paying for graduate medical education, with greater emphasis on training residents outside traditional hospital settings.
“Above all, we agree with your vision of the health care system. Every American should have health coverage,” King wrote.
“Family physicians appreciate your long-standing commitment to reforming the nation’s health care system so that our nation’s patients receive better quality and less costly care,” King’s letter says. “That commitment comes with the recognition of the critical role that primary care plays in such health care. Your proposal says it well: ‘Primary care is the keystone of a high-performing health care system.’”