The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians announced today it is endorsing Senate Bill 141, the Patient Protection Act as legislation that would improve patient care, allow for expedient payment when necessary and reduce healthcare costs by eliminating the current practice of defensive medicine.
"Family physicians are not legal experts. But we are experts in taking care of patients in Georgia and we recognize that it’s time for a change in the current system," said Brian K. Nadolne, MD, FAAFP, President of the Georgia Academy.
"This plan would eliminate the need for unnecessary testing, remove the fear of being sued and the lengthy procedures associated with years of uncertainty when your integrity and honor are being challenged," further noted Nadolne.
The state Senate is expected to take up the plan in January when the General Assembly convenes. Under the proposal, no doctor or hospital would ever be sued again as Georgia would replace its current medical malpractice legal system with one similar to the workers compensation model. Patients who have been harmed would file a claim before a panel of healthcare experts that would determine if avoidable harm had occurred. If so, then payment would be made expeditiously – unlike the current legal system which can take years and which compensates few harmed patients.
The Patients Compensation System would not require a tax increase and would be funded with current medical malpractice premiums.
"This plan would eliminate the need for physicians from ordering unnecessary tests and procedures for fear of being sued,” Nadolne added. “It would do wonders to improve the doctor-patient relationship."
The Gallup organization estimates that one in four healthcare dollars can be attributed to defensive medicine.
GO! Diabetes 2013 Webinars Available
GO! Diabetes seeks to make continuous strides in the way people with diabetes are educated and cared for in family medicine. To assist practice staff and residency program participants, GO! Diabetes has seven webinars available on the program's website: http://www.godiabetes.org/Resources/Webinars.aspx. To learn more about the GO! Diabetes program, visit: godiabetes.org.
Motivational Interviewing for Diabetes
Webinar by Saria Saccocio, MD, MHA, FAAFP on evidence-based interviewing techniques to create behavioral change. Are you frustrated with the progress a patient is able to achieve with their diabetes condition and their willingness to change? Using motivational interviewing provide opportunities for dialogue and active/reflective listening rather than taking a paternalistic approach. Using the techniques discussed also help you recognize the barriers to change and the discrepancies between current behaviors and desired targeted behaviors.
Counseling for Diet Change: What can the Family Doctor Do?
Webinar by Sheryl Thouin, MPH, RD, CDE. Learn key diabetes nutrition skills to discover your patients' "world of food." Sheryl's patient-centered nutrition counseling strategies help you screen your patients, ask revealing questions, conduct a brief intervention, and make a referral to a Registered Dietician/Certified Diabetes Educator for more in-depth counseling. Learn what to ask to find your starting point to help patients make appropriate dietary changes for better diabetes self-management.
Carbohydrates, Calculations and Correction Factors
Webinar by Margaret Crossman, MD, FAAFP. Medical nutrition therapy is more than losing weight and cutting out sugar. Learn how to improve interpretation of blood glucose logs in light of carbohydrate content of meals, calculate basal-bolus insulin dosing, manage hypoglycemia, use the insulin: carbohydrate ratio and sensitivity (correction) factors to determine bolus dosing and more.
Management of Diabetes in the Hospital Setting
Webinar by Margaret Crossman, MD, FAAFP. Increase your team's familiarity with the current 2013 guidelines addressing the care of patients with diabetes in a hospital setting and review critical elements of discharge planning. Dr. Crossman teaches how hypoglycemia management differs in an intensive care setting versus a non-intensive setting within the hospital and other important factors of inpatient diabetes management.
Webinar by Saria Saccocio, MD, MHA, FAAFP. What are some tried and true tips to help motivate patients to stop smoking for good and avoid relapse? Are they convicted and motivated to quit and believe they will be successful? Dr. Saccocio presents educational content from the American Academy of Family Physicians to help you prepare your patients for the opportunity to quit and help implement a plan to quit and manage withdrawal with resources and a proactive, supportive network.
Webinar by GO! Diabetes Program Director Susan Reichman, BSN, provides an overview of the METRIC Diabetes Module and how to use it to track data to measure your residency program's improvements in the care of patients with diabetes.
Giving a Local Program
After the Train the Trainer workshop, giving a local program is the next GO! Diabetes milestone. Learn how by Program Director Susan Reichman, BSN.
Dr. Leonard Reeves, a GAFP past president, was quoted in the Equal Voice article, "Southern Leaders Opt to Exclude 2.7M >From Health Care" (available at http://www.equalvoiceforfamilies.org/southern-leaders-opt-to-exclude-2-7m-from-health-care/). Dr. Reeves discussed his support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with examples of how patients without health insurance lack preventive care. Dr. Reeves also detailed the impact of the Act on free clinics.