Ama Policy

Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship H-165.837

Risk—Physicians Taking

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