For Immediate Release
Executive Director, American Society of Cytopathology
ASC and AMA Conducting Physician Practice Information survey
Wilmington, Del. – June 4, 2007 – For the first time in nearly a decade, American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), the American Medical Association (AMA), and more than 70 other medical specialty societies, have worked together to coordinate a comprehensive multi-specialty survey of America’s physician practices during 2007. The purpose of the survey is to collect up-to-date information on physician practice characteristics in order to positively influence national decision makers while further developing and refining AMA and ASC policy. Thousands of practices will be surveyed from virtually all physician specialties to ensure accurate and fair representation for all physicians and their patients.
The unique aspect of the project is that it explores both the clinical and business side of medical practice. The reason for this is that it is important for the nation’s policy-makers to learn what is truly involved in running a practice that can provide patients with expert care but is able to do so in a sustainable way. A complete understanding of the landscape and the requirements for today’s care is critical. The data obtained will be an important source of information for the AMA and ASC. It will represent practice concerns to national policy-makers that will lead to policy initiatives that not only help in the short-term but will allow future generations of doctors to continue providing superior care to their patients.
The Gallup Organization has been retained to conduct the PPI survey among a representative sample of practices in each of the participating specialties. The Physician Practice Information survey is an important and necessary vehicle for positive change. Please watch for this survey in the coming weeks and do your part in completing it in a thorough and accurate manner if randomly selected to represent our specialty.
About the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC)
The ASC is a distinguished national professional society of physicians, cytotechnologists and scientists who are dedicated to the detection and early diagnosis of cancer. The ASC is the largest medical society solely devoted to recognizing cellular abnormalities in order to benefit patients. The ASC’s diverse membership of more than 3000 individuals shares a vision of education, research and continuous improvement in the standards and quality of patient care. For additional information on ASC please visit, www.cytopathology.org.