AMA Policies

Find all American Medical Association House of Delegates policies and Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs ethical opinions applicable to managed care contracting and the relationship between contracted physicians and health insurers and other payers.

Ama Policy

Aligning Clinical and Financial Incentives for High-Value Care D-185.979

03/05/2021
Risk—Physicians Taking
Ama Policy

03/05/2021

Our AMA: (1) supports protecting the patient-physician relationship by continuing to advocate for: the obligation of physicians to be patient advocates; the ability of patients and physicians to privately contract; the viability of the patient-centered medical home; the use of value-based decision-making and shared decision-making tools; the use of consumer-directed health care alternatives; the obligation of physicians to prioritize patient care above financial interests; and the importance of financial transparency for all involved parties in cost-sharing arrangements; and (2) will continue to advocate protecting the patient-physician relationship in the context of bundled payment methodologies, comparative effectiveness research and physician profiling.

Policy Timeline 

CMS Rep. 4, A-10Reaffirmed: CMS Rep. 01, A-20

Risk—Physicians Taking
Ama Policy

Covenants Not to Compete D-265.988

03/05/2021
Restrictive Covenants
Ama Policy

Step Therapy H-320.937

09/17/2020

Step Therapy

Step Therapy Override
Ama Policy

Improving Risk Adjustment in Alternative Payment Models H-385.907

01/10/2020
Risk—Physicians Taking