PHYSICIAN ALLIANCE: Group Will Improve Patient Care, Access
In a move to strengthen the voice of physicians and their patients, the California Association of Physician Organizations and the National IPA Coalition announced Tuesday the formation of an alliance between groups. The new organization's goals include legislative and policy advocacy to improve access to care, management of pharmacy risk and new medical technologies. Other initiatives involve the elimination of fiscal payment policies and practices that adversely affect physician organizations. "Physicians organizations in California face enormous pressures from legislative activities that threaten to disrupt the delivery of patient care and the very viability of physicians. The new joint committee will allow CAPO and NIPAC to speak with a single, strong voice for physician organizations and the patients we serve throughout the state," CAPO chair Steven Aharonian said. NIPAC Board chair Yvonne Sonnenberg commented, "The partnership between NIPAC and CAPO will help physicians organizations form a powerful and effective advocacy effort in Sacramento." The alliance represents over 50,000 physicians who provide care to 10.5 million Californians (California Association of Physician Organizations release, 1/18).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.