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New AMA Member Resource on Evolving Models of Patient Care

AMA committed to helping physicians participate in new payment and delivery pathways

For immediate release:
June 10, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Making good on its commitment to provide physicians with the tools to lead and participate in evolving models of patient care, the American Medical Association (AMA) today released a new white paper for physicians considering accountable care organizations (ACOs), payment bundling, medical homes and gainsharing.

“As physicians work to optimize the quality of care and ensure the best value from health care spending, these new health care delivery models need to be patient-centered and physician-led,” said AMA President-elect Cecil Wilson, MD. “The government is preparing to launch pilot projects and they are already underway in the private sector, so it’s critical that physicians in all practice sizes have the tools to succeed in these new programs.  The AMA is committed to providing physicians with the resources they need.”

The new AMA white paper, “Pathways For Physician Success Under Health Care Payment And Delivery Reforms,” is available free online to AMA members (read the Executive Summary), and was written for the AMA by national expert Harold Miller, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform.     

“This new member benefit maps out pathways to success, including compensation and legal issues and real-life examples from physician practices,” said Dr. Wilson.  “Other topics discussed in the white paper include the opportunities and challenges for physicians in small independent practices, and the key skills and resources needed to overcome barriers.  This paper is an important resource for any physician considering ACOs, payment bundling, medical homes and gainsharing.”

“In order for these new initiatives to become viable models for changes in the way patient care is delivered, physicians must be able to successfully participate and lead these efforts,” said Dr. Wilson.  “This transformation will not happen overnight, and it’s clear that the continuing threat of steep Medicare cuts will block efforts to transform the way health care is delivered.  The AMA calls on Congress to permanently fix the Medicare payment problem so that these new programs have a chance of getting off the ground.”



Katherine Hatwell
AMA Media Relations
(202) 789-7419

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