Join us for this roundtable discussion of advocacy in healthcare and a rundown of hot topics: coding and billing, the Affordable Care Act, universal healthcare, gender equity, women’s health, gun violence and more! Returning guest, Dr. Robert McLean (@rmmclean84), current president of the American College of Physicians, helps us answer questions like, What is advocacy in healthcare? What are the issues that are impacting your profession? What can your medical home do for you? He’s been heavily involved in advocacy throughout his career including testifying before Congress. Guest hosts Drs. Fatima Syed MD, MSc and Deep Shah MD, MSc join!
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Written and Produced by: Fatima Syed, MD, MSc; Matthew Watto MD, FACP
Hosts: Stuart Brigham MD; Matthew Watto MD, FACP; Paul Williams MD, FACP; Fatima Syed, MD, MSc; Deep Shah, MD, MSc
Editor: Matthew Watto MD, FACP
Guest: Robert McLean MD, FACP
Administrative burden. EMR. Note writing. All things that you are not trained in residency but have a lot to do with clinical practice in the real world. ACP recognized this issue as important to its members. Through its research efforts, ACP put together a policy paper called Patients Before Paperwork (https://www.acponline.org/advocacy/where-we-stand/patients-before-paperwork). CMS put together an initiative called Patients Over Paperwork. CMS is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is a national governmental body that has everything to do with Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. Its policies impact physicians nationally. CMS plans on changing coding and note writing requirements. This poses challenges related to reimbursements for physicians.
Social determinants are the non medical factors that impact health. More can be found on this here. https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2678505/addressing-social-determinants-improve-patient-care-promote-health-equity-american
Women have unique medical needs and we live in a time where access to certain care for women is being limited. ACP weighs in here. https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2678505/addressing-social-determinants-improve-patient-care-promote-health-equity-american
Does ACA need to be undone? Can we expand on ACA? Robert and Deep discuss this further on the episode. Read more about ACP’s policy here https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2731120/improving-patient-protection-affordable-care-act-s-insurance-coverage-provisions
Listeners will be able to define advocacy, describe ways to get involved and be familiar with recent hot topics in healthcare policy and advocacy.
After listening to this episode listeners will…
Drs. Mclean, Syed and Shah report no relevant financial disclosures. The Curbsiders report no relevant financial disclosures.
McLean RM, Syed F, Shah D, Brigham SK, Williams PN, Watto MF.. “#166 Advocacy and Hot Topics in Healthcare Policy with Robert McLean MD, FACP”. The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast. http://thecurbsiders.com/episode-list. August 14, 2019.
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