There is a lesson to learn somewhere in the debate last month about the unfortunate circumstance of British baby Charlie Gard. Charlie was born with an inherited (yet) incurable disease that left him on a ventilator, blind and deaf. The government wanted to dictate his care in spite of the fact that his parents raised money to pay for his care with cash. The lesson: This is what will happen if the GOP allows the ACA to deteriorate into a single-payer system and choice evaporates from the American lexicon. In the meantime, the Senate debate did not show much promise as a “fix” to the ACA and it doesn’t look like the government is getting out of the way any time soon.
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ACPP Walks the Walk
There’s something to be said for straightforward, honest talk. There’s something to be said for the ACPP. The American College of Private Physicians also stands for “All Care by Physicians for Patients.” We are straightforward. We are honest.
In this day of complex arrangements--between payers, accountants and monitors of quality and cost--doctors and patients often seem but an afterthought. Ergo ACPP. This organization supports doctors and their patients interacting in real, non-contrived medical business models.
Out of the murky swamp of non-medical stakeholders has evolved a complex gumbo some call “American Medicine,” which in many cases is anything but Medicine or American. The ACPP walks the walk around and outside of that murky swamp, along with its member clinical doctors. We network, we meet, and we share. We learn how to do things better in our clinics and businesses. We innovate through new concepts, such as the ACPP Fellowship of Clinical Excellence. We look back to the future in search of the best. “How can we take the best care of our patients while taking the best care of ourselves?” we ask. Clearly, patients need seasoned, well-rested, enthusiastic, accessible doctors, not the burned out, exhausted, discouraged, well-hidden ones found in the murky swamp. ACPP doctors fill that need.
After so many generations of organizations going along to get along, the ACPP is again strongly supporting the walk of private doctors with their private patients. This organization will reflect the best in the physician-patient relationship: Straightforward talk. Honest relationships. The ACPP is here for doctors and their patients, promoting professionalism and excellence in business models that reduce or eliminate the wasteful middle layers that cost so much and add so little. We strive to be honest doctors walking that walk, seeking skillfully to serve our patients’ needs and contracting directly with them. If you are walking that walk, at long last you again have a professional organization you can call home.
While the ACPP invites others as auxiliary members, the lifeblood, voting, visible membership is and always will be only doctors on that walk. All of you around long enough to be called successful in direct, cash or concierge practice know what that means. Successful private physicians are known for taking the best care of their patients and working only for their patients. Serving those doctors and helping them serve their patients--that is our mission.
We welcome all of you to celebrate medicine the way it should be practiced. If you are a doctor in real private practice welcome home! Please apply for membership. If you are in another mode of medical practice, are a conversion consultant, or are just a supporter, we welcome you to our auxiliary, to our meetings, and to our family.
Take a walk with the ACPP. John T. Kihm, MD