Enhancing Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability
As the nation's health care system continues to evolve, the American Medical Association is dedicated to helping physicians successfully navigate the environment successfully by promoting sustainable practices that can result in improved health outcomes for patients and greater professional satisfaction.
The AMA is investing significant resources to evaluate long-term paths to practice sustainability and professional satisfaction. Through research, data and analytics, the AMA is identifying effective care delivery and payment models that can improve the quality of patient care, reduce health care costs for the nation and increase professional satisfaction
The AMA's goals are to:
• PROMOTE successful care delivery and payment models in both public and private sectors
• CREATE tools that enable physicians to adopt proven models that fit with their practices
• WORK with hospitals and health plans to incorporate into their operational models the findings and innovative tools that support sustainable physician practices
• ENGAGE in shaping new government policy and legislation that incentivizes and enables proven models.
As a first step, the AMA collaborated with RAND Health, a respected national health care research firm, to identify care delivery and payment models that promote professional satisfaction and practice sustainability in different settings as well as the critical factors of success.
The AMA/RAND field research provides empirical evidence that informs and shapes AMA policies and services to help physicians thrive well into the future.
The AMA is committed to establishing this empirical evidence and developing resources that will allow physicians to succeed in the evolving health care environment.
The AMA will build on the momentum for the adoption of effective care delivery and payment models in both public and private sectors and encourage their implementation among organizations seeking to attract physicians.
This work supports the AMA’s ongoing federal and state legislative activities to shape better payment and care delivery models, which will create a more sustainable environment that better serves physicians and patients under their care.
Fundamentals for a better health care system include:
• Development of best practices for care delivery that can improve health outcomes, increase operational productivity and reduce health care costs
• Adoption of payment policies that reflect the diversity of physician services and levels of clinical integration and risk
• Guidance for physicians to help them choose optimal payment and care delivery models that fit their practice
By identifying and supporting current and emerging payment and care delivery models that work best for physicians across a variety of practice settings, the AMA is playing a vital role in helping them provide high-quality care and achieve professional satisfaction.
RAND, in partnership with the AMA, released a study that took an in-depth look at what drives physician satisfaction and the related implications for patient care, health systems and health policy. Read below for more information on this important study.
In October 2013, the AMA and the American Hospital Association (AHA) held a joint meeting which focused on expanding the conversation of health care leaders and policymakers on the need for greater physician-hospital alignment to achieve the Triple Aim (better health, better health care and lower cost) and move toward a reformed system. Read below for more information on this important event.
"We’ll Need a Bigger Boat: Reimagining the Hospital-Physician Partnership" Blog post in Health Affairs