Private Practices

The AMA helps sustain the viability of private practice: Key research & resources

Health care professionals working in a small private practice office.

In total, and including the practice owners and physician employees and independent contractors who worked for them, 54% of physicians worked in practices that were entirely owned by physicians in 2018.

  • The AMA conducts ongoing, in-depth research on how regulatory burdens affect physician professional satisfaction and payment.
  • AMA has two free surveys to help private practices and health care organizations monitor the impact COVID-19 has on their workforce.
  • In partnership with other organizations, the AMA pursues specific areas in research such as career satisfaction among physician moms and doctors’ fears during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The AMA’s bi-yearly Physician Practice Benchmark survey provides insights on payment methodologies and practice arrangements, which helps drive our advocacy work on your behalf.
  • AMA Benchmark Surveys have been conducted in every even year between 2012 and 2018. Policy Research Perspective reports, based on the surveys, provide detailed analyses of the data.
  • To quantify the negative impact of health plans’ prior authorization (PA) requirements on both patients and physician practices, the AMA conducts an annual survey of 1,000 practice physicians. The survey data also illustrate the lack of progress made by health plans on reducing PA burdens and implementing the reforms agreed to in the 2018 Consensus Statement on Improving the Prior Authorization Process.
  • AMA set out in 2019 to better understand the specific factors influencing behavioral health integration (BHI) into practices to inform the AMA’s support for development of potential solutions that address persistent disparities in access to and quality of care.
  • AMA conducts research to better understand the attributes of high performing small physician-owned practices so lessons learned can be translated into tools and resources.

Table of Contents

  1. Advocacy
  2. Resources
  3. Research