CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As Congress returns to session this morning, physicians will don their white coats and deliver the “US Physicians Appeal,” signed by over 10,000 physicians from across the US, directly to all 100 Senators at their Capitol Hill offices. The Appeal requests that policy makers include frontline working physicians in national healthcare strategy and pledges physicians’ commitment to true healthcare reform focused on the real sources of spiraling costs. Physicians leveraged the power of social media by using Sermo, the largest online physician community to make their voices heard and take an active role in the debate.
US physicians have a unique perspective on the systemic changes needed because they are on the forefront of care every day - in between patients, hospitals, Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies. Physicians more than any stakeholder group understand the need for pragmatic reform, not politically negotiated reform; and they aren’t wasting any time in telling lawmakers they must be included for solutions to work.
The Appeal will be hand delivered by physicians directly to all 100 Senators on Capitol Hill today, September 8, with A PRESS AVAILABILITY to include doctors and Dr. Daniel Palestrant taking place in Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OKLAHOMA) office – Russell Senate Building/Room 172-at 230p EST where doctors will formally hand over the “US Physicians Appeal” for lawmakers’ consideration. Media is welcome*
“With the Appeal physicians are seeking participation from every member of the US Senate to work with us on bridging a communication gap dominated by the influence of special interests. Through an online forum lawmakers can discuss ideas and developments in the healthcare reform debate, in real time. If the physician voice is loud enough, it will be heard,” states Dr. Daniel Palestrant, Sermo CEO.
Senator Tom Coburn, (R-Oklahoma) a practicing physician himself, is the first to engage with physicians on Sermo, posting about tort reform and the establishment of expert panels to review medical disputes; and on the formation of independent health courts to determine penalties rather than a trial by jury. “My desire is to receive and pass on concerns and ideas to the politicians who are shaping the direction of our profession,” said Dr. Coburn.
Sermo is where over 110,000 physicians are using the power of social media to drive better patient care and have their voices heard by supporting the “US Physician’s Appeal”. By utilizing the Sermo platform, the physician community and lawmakers can dialogue to work together in bringing about meaningful, effective change. Lawmakers are invited to post questions, enter discussion topics and provide updates directly to the largest physicians-only online network.
Real time polling of physician opinion is a trademark of Sermo’s technology and provides insight for participants who engage. More than 2200 physicians have weighed in on Dr. Coburn’s post last week with their thoughts and ideas on how to make health care reform possible.
After the Appeal delivery, Senators will receive a call asking them to engage directly with their own physician constituency in the largest online physician community on Sermo – and address the real issues driving the healthcare crisis. With so much at stake, getting every perspective is critical to having an informed debate. The media and the public can follow doctors and lawmakers progress with the “US Physician’s Appeal” on www.sermo.com/reform.
According to recent polling on Sermo, true healthcare reform will only succeed IF:
1. Tort and malpractice laws are reformed;
2. Billing is streamlined and pricing made transparent, ending systemic support of the AMA owned billing codes (CPT Codes);
3. The insurance industry is reformed;
4. Payment systems are simplified so they align with the growing need for preventive medicine.
Founded in 2006, by Dr. Daniel Palestrant, Sermo represents the US physician’s community and is the largest, physicians-only online network where doctors go to ask and answer questions of each other, and share medical observations from their daily practice, revolutionizing the way doctors collaborate across the United States. Sermo is a key source of exclusive physician information, especially as the US health care reform debate continues.
Dr. Palestrant is a recognized, nonpartisan voice who speaks on behalf of physicians nationwide. Modern Physician recently named him one of the country’s “50 Most Powerful Physicians”, and BusinessWeek has named Sermo one of the “Top 50 Tech Startups” globally. He is an active participant in the Sermo community and he brings a unique voice and the unparalleled opinions and views of the Sermo network of doctors to interviews.
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*SIGN THE US PHYSICIANS APPEAL HERE