Timely Healthcare Industry White Papers to Help Inform Policy Discussions
 

White papers commissioned by The Physicians Foundation are intended to serve as timely and pragmatic tools to help inform health policy discussions taking place at the federal, state and local levels. These healthcare industry white papers examine the complex and changing nature of medical care in the U.S., and the related issues that affect physicians and their patients.

White Papers

The Physicians Foundation released a new report, titled “The Medicare Program: An Instrument for Change.” The report examines the Medicare program as a recent “instrument” of systemic reform, and considers the associated implications for physicians and the broader healthcare system. Please click here to access the full report.     

The Physicians Foundation released the second installment in a series of reports on the Affordable Care Act coverage expansion and mandates. The report titled, "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Beyond the Horizon into 2015,"examines both the opportunities and challenges of the ACA going forward and how these issues are of particular importance to practicing physicians. Please click here...

The Physicians Foundation released the first installment in a series of reports on ACA coverage expansion and key mandates. The report, titled "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act From Theory to Boots on the Ground," examines implementation of key provisions - in particular the health insurance exchanges - and ongoing challenges of health reform.    Please click here...

10 Regulatory Irritants Driving Physicians Out of Independent Medical Practices With nearly 125,000 pages worth of Medicare regulations governing the U.S. healthcare system, physicians are confronted with overwhelming regulatory burdens that continue to erode their practice of medicine. A new white paper commissioned by The Physicians Foundation titled, “The Unintended Consequences of Regulation: How Federal Initiatives are Driving Physicians Out...

Physicians Foundation Releases “Blueprint” for Improving U.S. Healthcare System Although coverage for 30 million Americans represents a significant ambition, a rapidly changing U.S. healthcare system is also causing challenges and concerns. The consolidation of regional hospital systems (including hospital acquisition of physician groups) is narrowing choices for consumers, while at the same time, in most American communities...

The Physicians Foundation released the third installment in a series of comprehensive research reports regarding the ongoing regulatory changes affecting private practice. The report, titled “Healthcare Highway: Crossing the Election Divide,” provides an overview of ACA implementation and physician-focused policies, including: Medicare physician fee schedule and the sustainable growth rate Value-based payments and quality ACO growth and Medicare...

White Paper on Expanding Scope of Practice for Non-Physician Providers and Implications for Patients and U.S. Healthcare System The Physicians Foundation released a new white paper by Stephen Isaacs and Paul Jellinek titled, “Accept No Substitute: A Report on Scope of Practice,” that examines the growing trend to expand scope of practice for non-physician providers.  A...

Leading Cause of Healthcare Cost Drivers Revealed in New White Paper A new white paper by The Physicians Foundation examines data on key components of healthcare spending and reveals that technology is the most important driver of spending increases over time – contradicting criticism that physicians are the primary cause for rising healthcare costs in the U.S. The report...

August 2012

Healthcare Highway Report The Physicians Foundation produced this white paper as a follow up to the report, "A Roadmap for Physicians to Health Care Reform," which was published in 2011. The Health Care Highway status report presents the ongoing changes that are affecting physicians’ private practice of medicine and professional autonomy. It recognizes a sustained effort by the Foundation to...

New Reports Finds Major Changes Needed to Sustain Future of U.S. Medical Practices Executive Summary: A new report released by The Physicians Foundation identifies a host of challenges that are threatening the future viability of U.S. medical practices. In this comprehensive white paper titled “The Future of Medical Practice: Creating Options for Practicing Physicians to Control Their...

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