ACP Aims to Reduce Administrative Burden on Docs
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 01:07 PM

An avalanche of paperwork may be destroying the physician-patient relationship and driving some doctors out of practice, and the American College of Physicians is again demanding an end to it.


An avalanche of paperwork may be destroying the physician-patient relationship and driving some doctors out of practice, and the American College of Physicians (ACP)  is again demanding an end to it.  Back in the early 1990s the American Society of Internal Medicine (which later merged with ACP) launched a cut the red tape campaign.

The ACP published a new framework for identifying unnecessary and duplicative administrative tasks in Annals of Internal Medicine. In addition to launching its framework, the ACP is also sending advocacy letters to key decision-makers, designing listening sessions and providing an administrative burden took-kit all focused on reducing the burden on physicians with seven recommendations for helping physicians focus on patients rather than administrative “hassles.” 

The college sent advocacy letters to stakeholders asking them to spell-out the reasons for the many activities they ask physicians to complete.  Tasks seen as damaging to quality or patient care, or those that "unnecessarily question" a provider's judgment should be disputed, amended or eliminated and those tasks that cannot be completely eliminated should be evaluated regularly, rewritten or simplified, the College noted.

Targeted tasks range from quality measure reporting and billing issues to challenges with insurers. For example, physicians argue that many prior authorizations are unnecessary. They also spoke of the trouble doctors have with data entry and trying to locate fields in the electronic health record are also seen as top concerns.

The group stressed the need for more research to quantify the impact of administrative tasks on physicians, their staff, patients, their families and the health care system.  The ACP is collecting stories from clinicians related to challenges and potential solutions or best practices for curbing administrative hassles, which the college plans to store in a library or repository and leverage in discussions with policymakers.


Source: https://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ACP/64254