Dr. Robert Wergin, chairman of the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), recently testified for family physicians before the Subcommittee on Health, part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Capitol Hill.
The subject of the hearing was guaranteeing that family physicians are prepared to be paid through Medicare. Dr. Wergin testified about the approaches that the AAFP is taking to benefit family physicians as they ready themselves for the new payment models of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Dr. Wergin was on the physician panel along with Dr. Jeffrey Bailet (EVP of Aurora Health Care), Dr. Barbara McAneny (medical director and CEO of Innovative Oncology Business Solutions, representing the American Medical Association), and Dr. Robert McLean (associate clinical professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and a representative of the American College of Physicians).
Dr. Wergin stated that the ultimate goal of this transition to MACRA is to guarantee that professionals as well as patients are cared for.
"We believe that the practice transformation necessary to make MACRA successful will mean better care for patients, better professional experiences for physicians and better control of health care costs," Dr. Wergin said. "We hope it that it will bring back the joy of medicine."
AAFP testifies on Capitol Hill
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