AMA advocacy efforts | American Medical Association


The American Medical Association is your powerful ally in patient care and unprecedented times require bold action. We are proud to share how we are fighting for you. Some of those advocacy initiatives form part of the AMA Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians, including:

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Since launching its five-part Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians last year, the American Medical Association has achieved significant wins in these—and other—areas critical to health care. Download the dashboard (PDF) for more details as we continue #FightingForDocs in 2023. 

Leading the charge to reform Medicare and defending physicians against future cuts.

  • Achieved consensus across medicine to pursue four pillars of Medicare payment reform:
    • Establish an annual inflation-based payment update for Medicare physician payments.
      • Revise policies and processes used to adjust payments to maintain budget neutrality.
      • Simplify and improve the clinical relevancy reporting programs under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
      • Extend policies that support practices wanting to transition to value-based payment systems.
  • Secured introduction of H.R. 2474 to apply an automatic inflation update to Medicare physician payments by tying the Medicare physician fee schedule to the Medicare Economic Index.
  • Launched a grassroots campaign and website, FixMedicareNow.org, in June that to date has had 178,000+ contacts to Congress. This includes 11,000+ contacts to Congress during the August recess—a crucial time to reach lawmakers in their home districts.
  • Secured Doctors Caucus sponsorship of draft legislation to revise budget neutrality policies to mitigate inappropriate payment schedule conversion factor cuts and minimize revenue instability.

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The AMA actively works to advance discussion and solutions on key issues in medicine. Learn about how you can take part in the fight to fix Medicare on behalf of your patients and practices at the AMA’s Fix Medicare Now website and how the AMA is reforming Medicare payment nationally. 


Challenging insurance companies to eliminate care delays, patient harms and practice hassles.

  • Convinced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to right-size the prior authorization process imposed by Medicare Advantage plans on medical services and procedures, as demonstrated in a recent final rule.
  • Advocated for the advancement of provisions that closely mirror the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act, as well as the reintroduction of the GOLD Card Act of 2023.
  • Working in partnership with state medical associations across the country to enact prior authorization reform using AMA model legislation, data, testimony and other resources. More than 30 states introduced legislation in 2023 alone, and at least eight new state laws have been enacted so far.
  • Facilitated United Healthcare and Cigna reducing the volume of their prior authorization requirements by 20% and 25%, respectively.

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The AMA actively works to advance discussion and solutions on key issues in medicine. Learn more about how the AMA is fixing prior authorization nationally.


Vigorously defending the practice of medicine against scope of practice expansions that threaten patient safety.

  • Helped defeat legislation across the country that would have allowed:
    • Physician assistants to practice independently without physician oversight.
    • Pharmacists to prescribe medications.
    • Optometrists to perform surgery.
    • Scope of practice expansion for nurse practitioners and other APRNs.
  • Worked with multiple state medical associations to introduce new or strengthen existing Truth in Advertising laws. Two states have enacted laws so far this year.
  • Leading AMA Scope of Practice Partnership, which has provided more than $3.5 million in grants since its inception to support state medical association and specialty society efforts.
  • Achieved more than 85 state-level victories to date in 2023 in partnership with state medical associations and national medical specialty societies.

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The AMA actively works to advance discussion and solutions on key issues in medicine. Learn more about how the AMA is fighting scope creep nationally.


Pushing for legislative and other solutions to support physicians, residents and medical students to seek confidential care for wellness, burnout, fatigue and depression.

  • Working closely with the Federation of State Medical Boards and Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation to urge state medical boards, credentialing bodies, and others to remove from their applications stigmatizing and potentially discriminatory questions that may deter physicians from seeking care—multiple boards and health systems have changed their applications after consultations with AMA.
  • Advocated for and supported new laws and policies in Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota and Virginia that protect physicians who seek care for wellness and burnout and working to implement the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act.
  • Supporting state physician health programs to help ensure that physicians seeking care have important confidentiality protections to support their treatment and safe return to practice. Working with the Federation of State Physician Health Programs to identify resources and education to further support and destigmatize physician health programs.

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The AMA actively works to advance discussion and solutions on key issues in medicine. Learn more about how the AMA is reducing physician burnout nationally.


Advocating for expanded telehealth policy, research, and resources to ensure physician practice sustainability and fair payment.

  • Achieved passage of legislation to extend Medicare telehealth coverage, including audio-only and hospital-at-home services, through 2024.
  • Supporting the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act (S. 2016/H.R. 4189), bipartisan legislation which would expand coverage of telehealth services through Medicare and make permanent COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities.

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The AMA actively works to advance discussion and solutions on key issues in medicine. Learn more about how the AMA is supporting telehealth efforts nationally.


The AMA advocates at the federal and state levels on key health care issues impacting patients and physicians. Learn more about our efforts in public health, population care and health disparities and removing obstacles to care.

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Population care and health disparities

Removing obstacles to care

The AMA works to generate support for policies critical to the nation’s health care system—and we can’t do it without your help. Learn more about ways to get involved with AMA advocacy.