The ASPS Executive Committee approved the Society's overarching goals for health care reform, which were created by the ASPS Legislative Advocacy Committee. These principles articulate some of the Society's top federal priorities, including prioritizing patient access to care, rebuilding the physician/patient relationship and avoiding cost control measures that are disproportionately harmful to physicians.
ASPS encouraged the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure that patients have access to adequate networks by requiring all physician specialties be included in network adequacy calculations performed by the Agency.
ASPS joined other physician organizations in urging President Trump and Congress to minimize the penalties for physicians who were unsuccessful in participating in the 2016 PQRS and EHR programs due to the complexity of the reporting requirements.
The debate over concurrent surgery, which has been repeatedly questioned by the Boston Globe, has raised an important question about informed consent. Do attending surgeons have an obligation to notify patients if they won't be in the OR for the entire procedure?