AMA & Anthem announce plans for collaborative efforts

The American Medical Association (AMA) and Anthem, Inc. have released a joint statement that addresses the “opportunities for collaboration” the two will be pursuing in the following areas…

– Enhancing consumer and patient health care literacy

– Developing/enhancing and implementing value-based payment models for primary and specialty care physicians

– Improving access to timely, actionable data to enhance patient care

– Streamlining and/or eliminating low-value prior authorization requirements

AMA says that, “We believe that Anthem’s [recent decision not to proceed with plans to reduce payments for E&M services reported with CPT modifier 25] reflects the growing recognition of the need for a different type of dialogue and engagement between health plans and the physician community to improve health care quality, access, and affordability.” 

AMA also notes that, “Current AMA policy supports these four areas of possible collaboration.”

Click for joint statement