Survey Finds Support for the Affordable Care Act Among Physician Leaders

ACA-reformResults of a comprehensive survey by the American Association for Physician Leadership and Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis show widespread support for the U.S. Affordable Care Act among physician leaders nationwide.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they agreed or strongly agreed that the controversial law passed in 2010 had “more good than bad” in it. The survey, conducted in spring 2015, was completed by 2,398 members of the association.

“Physicians … want what’s best for patients,” said Peter Angood, MD, FACS, FRCS(C), MCCM, president and CEO of the association. “So as they review the ACA, I think they resonate with how the good aspects of the bill can improve health care.”

As physician leaders come to understand the details of the ACA, they may see it as a less radical set of changes than they originally believed, said Paul Keckley, PhD, managing director at Navigant.

Among other findings, revealed in the survey:

  • 69 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that physicians should be held accountable for costs of care in addition to quality of care.
  • 57 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that accountable care organizations (ACOs) will be a permanent model for risk-sharing with payers in years ahead.
  • 63 percent of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed that “the elimination of FFS (fee-for-service) incentives in favor of value-based payments will hurt the quality of care provided patients.”
  • 58 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that transparency about physicians’ business dealings is a positive trend for the profession.

Read the full story on the association website. Additional findings from the research, which covered a broad range of questions relating to physician leadership and health care, will be released during coming weeks.

About the American Association for Physician Leadership

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