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ACC President Comments on Senate Finance Committee Roundtable on Medicare Physician Payments

CONTACT: Stephanie Abraham, 202-375-6296

July 11, 2012

Washington, DC – American College of Cardiology (ACC) President, William Zoghbi, MD, FACC, made the following statement after today’s Senate Finance Committee Roundtable on Medicare Physician Payments:

“The American College of Cardiology commends Senator Baucus and the Finance Committee for working with the ACC to find a solution to the Sustainable Growth Rate,” said ACC President William Zoghbi, MD, FACC. “By working together we can identify the best ways to deliver high quality care and better outcomes with greater efficiency and less cost. The ACC has tools in place that encourage evidence-based care and that support a more workable payment system.  Evidence-based guidelines and patient data registries can be the basis for a payment system that reduces costs by measuring and rewarding quality over volume.”

“This morning, Dr. Doug Weaver provided examples of real programs that are making a difference in patient care. These programs support evidence-based care by providing feedback to physicians about their performance and by allowing the patient and physician to work together to make appropriate decisions. The ACC is honored to be one of only five groups invited to testify this morning.”

 

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About the American College of Cardiology
The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 40,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. More information about the association is available online athttp://www.cardiosource.org/ACC.

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