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ACP Announces High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care Initiative

ACP Announces High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care Initiative


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ACP’s High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care initiative, announced in April 2010, is a broad program that connects two important priorities for the College: helping our physicians to provide the best possible care to their patients, and simultaneously reducing unnecessary costs to the health care system. The initiative includes clinical, public policy, and educational components.

Clinical

ACP launched the clinical component of the initiative with the publication of “High-Value, Cost-Conscious Health Care: Concepts for Clinicians to Evaluate the Benefits, Harms, and Costs of Medical Interventions” in the February 1, 2011, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. In the paper, ACP explains the purpose of the initiative: to help physicians and patients understand the benefits, harms, and costs of an intervention and whether it provides good value, and to slow the unsustainable rate of health care costs while preserving high-value, high-quality care….

Public Policy

ACP’s High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care initiative continues the College’s position formulated in our 2009 policy paper “Controlling Health Care Costs While Promoting the Best Possible Health Outcomes.” In January 2011, ACP released “How Can Our Nation Conserve and Distribute Health Care Resources Effectively and Efficiently?” In the paper, ACP makes the case that there is an urgent need for the country to have a discussion on how to conserve and allocate limited resources in a uniquely American way that puts the principal responsibility on patients and physicians making informed choices based on evidence.

Education

The next edition of ACP’s Medical Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) will have a focus on optimal diagnostic and treatment strategies, based upon considerations of value, effectiveness, and avoidance of overuse and misuse.

Additional components of the initiative include patient education materials and possibly curricula for medical students and residents.


February 7, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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