Service on the AMA Board of Trustees . . . .
Since June 2014, I have served on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, and as Chair of the Board until June 2020. It is clear to me that the future is bright for physicians and patients in America … but we have major challenges that must be addressed to ensure our collective future. Some of the most important issues facing us today include:
- Surprise Billing – Congress passed new surprise billing restrictions that are scheduled to take effect Jan 1, 2022. It is critical that states with existing comprehensive state laws determine how the new federal law intersects with existing law, and what legislation may be needed for states with no laws in place as we move into this new era.
- Retooling the Electronic Health Record – Electronic health records have failed to live up to their promise, and in many practices and hospitals poor usability has made care slower and more difficult to render. We must retool the electronic health record and other emerging digital technologies to ensure that they work for us, rather than against us
- Scope of Practice – We must preserve physician-led teams and defend physicians from scope of practice expansions in order to protect patients from harm
- Fair Payment for Physician Services – Physicians, like all professionals deserve to be paid fairly for services and work provided. As a profession, we have made many sacrifices to ensure the health of our nation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we cannot sustain a system in which expansion of medical services is based on the sole premise of cuts to physician reimbursement
- Graduate Medical Education – Although medical school enrollment has risen over the last decade, the full time equivalent resident cap on fully funded residency positions established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 has limited our ability to expand GME. We need to lift the Medicare cap on GME positions or explore alternative funding models, to have a meaningful impact on the issue of the impending physician shortage.