After surveying more than 2,000 physicians nationwide, the AMA has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concerns with burdensome government regulations. The nine-page letter also provided recommendations on ways to improve them.
“Thousands of physicians have answered the AMA’s call to identify federal rules and regulations that create significant burden for their practices and take up time that is better spent with patients,” said AMA President Cecil B. Wilson, M.D. “Physicians’ top concerns, including unfunded federal mandates, elimination of Medicare payment for physician consultations, and incompatible and inconsistent quality initiatives, offer a road map for CMS to make strategic changes that benefit the entire Medicare system.”
The letter addresses:
- Unfunded mandates, such as translators, drug plan authorizations, and documentation and certification
- Physician consultations
- Incompatible incentive programs and competing priorities
- Inconsistent audit policies
- Administrative simplification
- Medicare enrollment process
- PQRS feedback reports
- Education and outreach
- Nursing home pain management
Respondents in the survey conducted earlier this year included physicians from a wide range of specialties. The AMA also received feedback from many state and medical specialty societies. Participants selected the rules and regulations they felt drive up administrative costs, add to the burden of paperwork for their practices or interfere with patient care.
Read the entire letter here.