For the first time in nearly a decade, APA and the AMA, and more than 70
other health care professional organizations, have worked together to
coordinate a comprehensive multispecialty survey of America's physician
practices. The survey will collect up-to-date characteristics of thousands of
physician practices from virtually all specialties, and be used in efforts to
positively influence national decision makers to ensure accurate and fair
representation for all physicians and patients.
Getting the nation's policymakers to understand today's landscape and the
requirements for care is critical. These data will allow medicine to
articulate the challenges of running a practice that provides expert patient
care while operating a business that is sustainable. The study results will
not only help in the short term but will allow future generations of doctors
to continue providing superior care to their patients.
One particularly important section of the study pertains to practice
expenses and the amounts that are attributable to physicians. The Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services has indicated that the results of this study
will be used to help determine physician payment. Please encourage your staff
to make this information available, as the survey's success depends on
accurate and complete data. This information will remain confidential. The
survey firm, Dmrkynetec, will not identify any individuals or entities
participating in this research.
Dmrkynetec, a survey firm with extensive experience in the area of
physician practice finance, has been retained to administer the survey.
Dmrkynetec will contact randomly selected physicians and practice managers to
collect their confidential responses. Please watch for this survey and
complete it thoroughly and accurately. Do your part to represent our