Today’s challenging health care environment is affecting the way physicians manage their practices, interfering with access to care and forcing them to make difficult decisions. The AMA is working to alleviate those challenges to allow physicians to focus on what’s most important—their patients.
The AMA works to reduce the burden that administrative tasks place on physician workload and revenue through administrative simplification initiatives, including the representation of physician interests in national standard development organizations, the creation of resources to help physicians utilize advancements in administrative simplification, the development of advocacy materials promoting improved efficiencies in the claims revenue cycle, and the engagement of the Federation of Medicine to identify and address systemic issues related to claims and payment.
Learn more about the AMA’s tireless efforts to reform the Medicare physician payment system in a way that accurately reflects rising practice costs. See why the AMA is advocating for legislation that would allow physicians to use balance billing for Medicare, which provides physicians with a means to bridge the gap between inadequate Medicare payment levels and actual increases in practice costs.
The AMA is also leading the charge for regulatory relief, working with Congress and federal agencies to reduce costly and counterproductive administrative burdens and eliminate unfunded mandates. The AMA continues to be an outspoken advocate of medical liability reform as a means of protecting patients’ access to care and slowing the rising cost of health care.
The AMA offers a collection of resources to help physicians learn more about health information technology (Health IT)—the software, hardware and infrastructure used to support the collection, storage and exchange of patient data throughout the clinical practice of medicine. Health IT can play an important role in transforming health care by improving patient safety, enhancing care coordination among health care providers, and reducing administrative burdens that take physicians away from patients.