Thousands of physicians in the U.S. are set to receive a concise survey on patient-care hours, either directly from their practice or via Mathematica. The contribution of randomly chosen physicians and practices partaking in this newly initiated study holds immense significance for its effectiveness. Taking part in this endeavor will guarantee the precise representation of practice costs and patient-care hours.

The American Medical Association (AMA) is leading a nationwide research effort, supported by 173 healthcare organizations, including the California Medical Association (CMA), to gather comprehensive data on physician practice expenses. The primary goal of the Physician Practice Information (PPI) Survey is to gain a deeper understanding of the financial challenges confronted by modern-day physician practices, thereby contributing to the refinement of physician payment systems.

The survey will rely on financial experts within physician practices to complete the online financial assessment, with the inclusion of physicians' insights on patient-care hours being equally vital. It is imperative for physicians to actively participate in the survey and encourage their practices to do the same.

Invitations and reminders about the PPI Survey, sent to financial experts in the practice, will come from Invitations and reminders about the Physician Hours Survey, distributed to physicians, will come from or from the practice directly.

If you have any questions related to the survey, email Sherry Smith, the AMA’s director of physician payment policy and systems.

Learn more about how you can help fix Medicare on behalf of your patients and practices at the AMA's Fix Medicare Now website.