Physicians promote healthcare payment model education — 6 details

Written by Adam Schrag | February 27, 2017 | Print  |

Physicians are advocating on behalf of better payment model education in response to the possibility of healthcare policy changes, according to Hartford Business.

Here are six things to know:


1. New physicians don't know enough about the potentially beneficial financial models.


2. Steven Schultzer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and director of Hartford-based St. Francis' Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute believes that more doctors should learn about alternative payment structures: "It's not that complicated conceptually… Operationally, it's incredibly complicated."


3. In December, Dr. Schultzer led a Hartford seminar with New England-area physician residents to discuss and learn about healthcare payment models.


4. An ongoing debate pins physicians advocating for increased payment system education against those who prioritize teaching the knowledge and skills needed to provide medical care.


5. Young physicians who understand various payment models are more attractive to physician groups.


6. The American College of Physicians has developed alternative model curriculums in the past. The programs are accessible to hospitals and have been downloaded over 45,000 times.


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