Dr. Corba Returns from Washington

December 05, 2017

Dr. Robert Corba of OAA’s Spine and Interventional Pain Management Institute recently returned from a weekend-long trip to Washington, DC, where he and other physicians participated in a meeting with the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy. This was Dr. Corba’s second meeting with the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy. He and about 120 other physicians from across the country meet twice a year to discuss issues in our nation’s healthcare system with members of Congress as well as the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in hopes of having the issues addressed.
Founded in 2014 and facilitated by Congressman Pete Sessions, the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy was created to be a national voice for physicians engaged in private practice. This group of physicians have a goal to help restore physician autonomy and create a framework where physicians can do their job better in a competitive and transparent marketplace to better serve patients.  Multiple nationally recognized grassroots organizations comprise the membership of the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy.
Dr. Corba’s favorite part about this most recent trip was meeting new colleagues from around the country and discussing some very complicated topics, as well as the practicality, or lack thereof, of certain laws not only involving health care directly but also indirectly as well. While the professional networking is an added benefit, Dr. Corba has a sincere passion for protecting the doctor and patient relationship, particularly allowing patients to have choice.
When asked why he is so passionate about his work in Washington, Dr. Corba shared, “I think it is important for physicians to maintain their ability to treat patients independently. This concept or the art of practicing medicine, is being lost with the development of treatment algorithms, clinical pathways, and excessive time spent typing in a computer. The future of healthcare depends on us to stand up and fight for our autonomy, and if we do not, we will be lost and so will the next generation of physicians and patients. As a physician, I want the ability of free thought, diagnosis, and formulation of care to best serve my individual patient’s needs. I think the most important items needed to be able to maintain a healthy doctor and patient relationship are time, communication, and trust.”
Dr. Corba hopes for a system in which the federal government can assist the community in attaining health care, while still maintaining the ability for physicians to practice and think independently. Dr. Corba is happy to help formulate this goal, and calls for his colleagues and patients to do their part. “We, as physicians, need to provide high quality care at an affordable price, and let our patients know they have a choice. Patients need to realize and remember that their care is determined by their choice,” Dr. Corba elaborated.
Dr. Corba further explained, “I want to be a doctor and I want to care for people. Therefore, I went to medical school and spent years in training. I did not go to medical school to be a computer analyst, a data entry specialist, an appeals specialist, or a billing specialist. I want to be a doctor. By going to Washington, I feel as though I am not only fighting for my rights, but also for my patients.” The next time you are in for a visit with Dr. Corba be sure to ask about his time in Washington to learn more about his experiences with the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy!