NASS Insider

August 23, 2022

NASS Supports the AMA’s Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians

NASS supports the AMA’s Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians, which outlines a five-point strategy to strengthen our physician workforce, recover from the trauma of this pandemic and improve health care delivery by eliminating some of the most common pain points that threaten to drive physicians from practice. This plan is ambitious, yet achievable. Working closely with all members of the Federation of Medicine, the AMA intends to reach these goals and help fulfill their mission to promote the art and science of medicine, and the betterment of public health.

The AMA’s comprehensive approach includes five main components:
  • Supporting telehealth to maintain gains in coverage and payment and continues to make it easier for physicians to expand care to their patients via telehealth and receive fair and equitable compensation for their services. The AMA is working to build upon that success by permanently eliminating pre-pandemic coverage restrictions, ensuring that physicians have the tools and resources they need to seamlessly integrate telehealth into their practices, and enabling patients to access telehealth services from wherever they are.
  • Reforming Medicare payment to promote thriving physician practices and innovation. The AMA’s Recovery Plan tackles Medicare physician reimbursement by emphasizing simplicity, relevance, alignment and predictability.
  • Stopping scope creep through research, advocacy and education, the AMA vigorously defends the practice of medicine against scope of practice expansions that threaten patient safety.
  • Fixing prior authorization is a critical component to reduce the burden on practices and minimize dangerous care delays for patients. Prior authorization is overused, and existing processes present significant administrative and clinical concerns.
  • Reducing physician burnout by developing resources that prioritize well-being and highlight workflow changes so physicians can focus on what matters: patient care. The recovery plan includes action at the state and national levels to strip away outdated language on applications for medical licensing, health care sector employment and credentialing that promotes stigmatization of behavioral health care.