President's Message: Dr. Daniel Pomerantz
This column will be published on February 1. On February 2, some will observe Groundhog Day. Since the release of the movie in 1993, Groundhog Day has become a metaphor for being caught in a loop of unpleasant experiences. In the movie, Phil Connors escapes from the loop by learning how to act like a genuine human being. In healthcare, we are stuck on Groundhog Day. Each day, physicians and other clinicians go to work and face many challenges. Some are unavoidable, others reflect policies that prioritize payers and paperwork over people and patient care. An exemplar of this sort of obstacle is prior authorization.