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