It was an exhausting and exasperating year marked by the constant tug-of-war in Washington, D.C., over healthcare policy. Don’t get me wrong. I feel strongly that the Affordable Care Act is not the answer. But the latest path to alternative solutions was filled with such rancor that I hope both sides of the aisle endeavor to work together in the coming year to find a better way forward.
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And while politicians debated the future, physicians dealt with the present. Patients are struggling to pay for needed medication and procedures as payers add new obstacles to simply getting reimbursed for work already done.
Practicing medicine should not, and cannot, be this hard. I applaud all the physicians, non-physician providers and medical staff who day in and day out recognize the daunting tasks that await them, but nevertheless show up and serve patients.
As we reflect on 2017, this is also the time of year for resolutions. So I want to go on record now with a few that I—and the entire team at Medical Economics—plan to keep in 2018:
1. We will remain the voice of the physician.
Absent politics and sponsor obligations, we will provide you an outlet to vent your feelings and share ideas with your peers.
2. We will educate and enlighten.
From navigating thousands of pages of healthcare rules and legislation to providing tips and strategies to assist you in providing the best patient care possible, we’ll deliver the information you need to succeed.