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It seems like they just got back to town, but Congress has gone home again to campaign as Election Day fast approaches. Our first story today, however, looks at a Capitol Hill briefing on payment reform that took place just before they broke. At the event, former ACP CEO John Tooker, MD, MACP, spoke about what we need to do to reform payments and bring health care spending under control. Also speaking at the event was Sen. Tom Colburn of Oklahoma. As a licensed physician, he is familiar with the problematic payment system we have in place today.
Our second story this week revisits a new tool from our Center for Practice Improvement and Innovation that was launched earlier this year. The Medical Home Builder, a web-based product that assists practices in making quality improvements large and small scale, has already undergone its own improvements. Among the new highlights are interactive features that allow physician practices to learn from each other about practice innovations.
Finally, our third story examines a new report on the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care. The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions issued the report that says that PCMHs hold promise for improving patient care, but that there is still further study that needs to be done.
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Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians