CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) today released the following statement from AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD, on an announcement made by Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), concerning a new initiative to improve the physician experience with the Medicare program:

“The American Medical Association (AMA) welcomes this new initiative and sees CMS’ pilot to eliminate medical review for Advanced Alternative Payment Models as a notable first step in the agency’s new effort to lessen the regulatory burden for physicians.

“The AMA has been urging the Obama Administration to ease the extensive bureaucratic requirements imposed on physicians. A recent AMA-sponsored Dartmouth study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that for every hour physicians spend providing clinical care to their patients, they spend two hours on administrative tasks.

“Acting Administrator Slavitt is leading a timely effort to be responsive to physicians’ concerns. We look forward to working with CMS on this initiative so all physicians can spend more time on patient care and less time on paperwork.”

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