The Private Practice Physicians Section held its 2023 Interim Meeting on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, in National Harbor, Maryland. The meeting was attended by more than 40 private practice physicians and invited guests. Attendees were pleased to see the ongoing support for the section and robust engagement.
Attendees heard updates from the AMA Foundation, the AMA Alliance and an advocacy update from Todd Askew, AMA senior vice president for advocacy before engaging in an open discussion and forum on challenges to private practice and best strategies for engaging between Annual and Interim meetings.
Attendees listened to an educational presentation from Elizabeth A. Snelson, Esq., entitled “Two Sides of the Same Coin: Physician Employer and Physician Employee Perspectives on Employment Contracting.” Ms. Snelson, author of the AMA Physicians Guide to Medical Staff Bylaws as well as other AMA resources, unpacked the differences and similarities in what physician employers and physician employees seek in employment arrangements and contracting, reviewed contract provisions that are most likely to cause tension between physician employers and physician employees, and discussed ways peer review can balance fairness, immunities and quality improvement.
An additional educational program entitled “Thinking Differently: Innovative Strategies for Private Practice Success” was led by Carolynn Francavilla, MD, Barbara McAneny, MD, and Daniel Choi, MD. Each speaker presented on the unique aspects of their personal private practices that they have found help to keep their practices successful, competitive despite a changing and consolidating health care market, and preserve their passion for their work.
The section transmitted five resolutions to the House of Delegates for consideration at its Interim 2023 Meeting:
- Late Resolution 1—Pharmacy Benefit Manager Control of Treating Disease States
- Resolution 1—Corporate Practice of Medicine Prohibition
- Resolution 3—Access to Covered Benefits With an Out of Network Ordering Physician
- Resolution 4—The Role of Maintenance of Certification
- Resolution 5—Reforming Stark Law’s Blanket Self-Referral Ban
The section voted not to advance one resolution:
- Resolution 2—Billing and Collections Transparency