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ACOG Statement In Support of the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act of 2014

March 3, 2014

Washington, DC — The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) applauds today’s introduction of the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act of 2014 (H.R. 4106).

The bipartisan Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act would improve quality of care and reduce health care costs by promoting physician adherence to clinical practice guidelines. Moreover, by protecting physicians who adhere to evidence-based guidelines, the bill would also help to avoid frivolous lawsuits and ensure that obstetrician-gynecologists can continue to treat their patients.

ACOG President Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, said: “Clinical practice guidelines, like those issued by ACOG, provide ob-gyns with top-quality recommendations based on scientific research and input from expert obstetrician-gynecologists. These guidelines help ensure the highest standards of patient care. It is essential that physicians who follow best practices in patient care be protected from liability.”
 
The Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act of 2014, introduced by Representatives Andy Barr (R-KY) and Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), will help to ensure that quality remains a hallmark of women’s health care and America’s health care system.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 57,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org

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