AMA advocacy drives action and results

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AMA provides a powerful voice to Congress on health care issues

Physician and patient talking
  • Relentlessly working to preserve health insurance coverage for over 20 million Americans
  • Our Patients Before Politics campaign generated over 6 million calls, emails and social interactions
  • AMA’s drove 154,000 to support legislation on drug pricing transparency

Making technology work to improve physician satisfaction

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  • Working to improve usability of EHRs through reduced regulations and elimination of data blocking
  • Reduced the burden on physicians by lobbying to simplify new Medicare reporting programs
  • AMA’s coalition reduced prior authorization and Step Therapy requirements already in 8 states—with more to follow
  • Working to limit Medicare audit look-back periods and improve fairness in payment recovery

Protecting physician payment

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  • Led efforts to repeal Sustainable Growth Rate formula and annual threats of double-digit annual payment cuts
  • Stopped 2 health insurance mergers that could have cost physicians $500 million a year
  • Partnered with CMS on critical Medicare payment modifications to benefit physicians
  • Helped physicians avoid Medicare payment penalties of up to 4% in 2019

AMA’s Opioid Task Force is driving results

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  • Opioid prescribing has decreased by nearly 17% nationwide from 2012 to 2016
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Program use increased by 121% from 2014 to 2016
  • 118,000+ physicians completed courses related to opioid addiction and prescribing in 2015 and 2016
  • More than 12,000 physicians certified in the past year to treat patients with an opioid use disorder in-office with buprenorphine