MGMA publishes its 2024 Advocacy Agenda with position paper on artificial intelligence included for the first time.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is among the top priorities that physicians, other clinicians, and administrators are dealing with in the U.S. health care system.
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) for the first time included AI in the association’s 2024 Advocacy Agenda. MGMA also published eight new position papers outlining the association's stances on issues.
A top priority is reversing the 3.4% cut to Medicare physician reimbursement for 2024, said Anders Gilberg, MGMA senior vice president of government affairs. Gilberg used the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, to post his statement.
“While reversing this cut is of foremost importance, permanent reform to the Medicare payment system is needed to sustainably support practices and avoid these yearly threats to their financial viability,” Gilberg said. “We urge Congress to institute changes to budget neutrality in unison with a long-needed annual inflation-based update – a holistic approach would go a long way towards establishing an appropriate reimbursement system.
“Beyond comprehensive payment reform, we call on Congress and the Administration to focus on commonsense solutions which alleviate onerous administrative burdens, improve the timeliness of clinical care delivery, and prohibit the predatory business practices of health insurers who put profits over patients,” Gilberg said.
AI-enabled programs are helping in medical practice management and there is potential to do more. There also are potential risks, such as mass, rapid denials of prior authorization requests or large language models offering “hallucinations,” or inaccurate answers to queries, the MGMA paper said.
MGMA’s advocacy priorities will be:
Along with protecting financial viability and using AI responsibly, MGMA published additional advocacy priorities for 2024:
In the position papers, MGMA also is calling for congressional action to reform the Physician Self-Referral Law, known as the Stark Law, to align with value-based payment reform. Now more than 30 years old, “the law’s restrictions make it difficult for independent physician practices to coordinate care for their patients, even within their own practice.”
Congress also should act to end “predatory” fees that health plans and third-party vendors charge for receiving electronic payments. It costs money for practices and those who opt out of electronic payments get reimbursed through checks or virtual credit cards that also have fees and create an administrative burden, according to MGMA.