January 26, 2011
New Truth and Transparency Legislation Introduced
On January 26, Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) and Rep. David Scott (D-GA) introduced H.R. 451, the “Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2011.”
Right now, patients lack information about the wide variety of individuals who work in health care settings, and they are confused by the increasing ambiguity of health care provider-related advertising, marketing, and degree titles. In fact, a recent survey found that 44 percent of patients find it difficult to identify who is a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) and who is not by reading what services they offer, their title and other licensing materials. This legislation would provide patients more information in this confusing healthcare marketplace.
“This bill empowers patients,” said Mark A. Warner, M.D., president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. “Patients need access to accurate and complete information to make educated healthcare choices. As physicians who provide highly complex care in specialized environments, we believe it is imperative for patients to clearly understand the education, training, and qualifications of those providing care.”
With the growing national debt and an increased focus by members of both political parties to reduce health care related spending, precious health care dollars are being wasted on poor and uninformed health care choices by consumers. H.R. 451 would significantly advance patient empowerment and prudent expenditure of health care dollars by enhancing information flow to patients and addressing the lack of clarity in health care provider advertisements, marketing and self-identification.
“We welcome the introduction of the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2011 and commend Representatives Sullivan and Scott for their leadership on this important and timely patient issue,” added Dr. Warner.
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Click here to read the Rep. Sullivan's press release.
Click here to read a copy of the "Dear Colleague" letter sent out by the sponsors of this legislation.