Today’s physicians face unprecedented challenges. Across the nation,
physicians are grappling with difficult decisions about how to position
themselves in a rapidly evolving health care marketplace where integration is
occurring at an often frenzied pace. Declining reimbursement from government and
private payers and regulatory and administrative burdens continue to be costly
to physician practices. Notwithstanding this environment, physicians continue to
demonstrate leadership by leading teams to devise more effective and efficient
medical care for patients. In many cases, this involves utilizing technology and
health care data analytics to inform improvements in health care delivery.
The Physicians Advocacy Institute’s (PAI) roots are firmly grounded in
efforts to help physicians navigate complex contractual and payment-related
issues and to support state medical associations’ work in these areas. On these
critical economic issues that impact physicians’ ability to sustain their
practices, the PAI’s advocacy agenda focuses on three major areas: government
advocacy, health plan advocacy and advocacy to support health system physicians.
PAI was borne from the settlement terms from multidistrict litigation (MDL)
that focused on unfair payment practices by many of the nation’s large for-profjt
health insurers. We will continue to work to address harmful payer practices in
the courts and through legislative and regulatory initiatives.
As President of the PAI Board of Directors, I urge you to utilize the
resources that our organization has developed. We welcome the opportunity to
partner with organizations and individuals committed to transforming the health
care system to achieve transparent and accurate payment, fair contracting
practices and recognition for the critical role that physicians have in caring
for our nation’s patients.
Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA
President, Physicians Advocacy Institute
Executive Vice President /CEO, North Carolina Medical Society