The National Physicians Alliance issued two Top 5 lists that it hopes will capture the attention of physicians, and their patients, to improve the quality of primary care and lower costs. The lists focus on reducing the number of tests and prescription antibiotics ordered.
There’s no doubt about it, people love lists. In that vein, the National Physicians Alliance issued two Top 5 lists of recommendations that it hopes will capture the attention of physicians -- and their patients -- to improve quality of care and lower costs.
The recommendations focused on reducing the number of tests ordered, and in some cases limiting antibiotic prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. The report was published online Monday and is scheduled to appear in the Aug. 8 edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.
To come to a consensus on the recommendations, a total of 255 field testers completed online surveys rating each suggestion how it would affect patient care and cost.
“Physician panels in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics identified common clinical activities that could lead to higher quality care and better use of finite clinical resources. … We recommend that these "Top 5" lists of activities be implemented in primary care practice across the United States,” the report concluded.
Here are the NPA’s Top 5 healthcare cost-cutting recommendations for internal medicine and primary care:
Top 5 Ways to Improve Family Medicine
Top 5 Ways to Improve Pediatrics
Access the complete report here.