AAN and AMA Conducting Physician Practice Information Survey

November 9, 2007

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For the first time in nearly a decade, AAN, the American Medical Association (AMA), and more than 70 other medical specialty societies, have worked together to coordinate a comprehensive multi-specialty survey of America's physician practices. The purpose of the survey is to collect up-to-date information on physician practice characteristics in order to positively influence national decision makers. Thousands of practices will be surveyed in 2007 and 2008, from virtually all physician specialties to ensure accurate and fair representation for all physicians and their patients.

This project is unique because it explores both the clinical and business side of medical practice. This information is important for the nation's policy-makers to learn what is truly involved in running a practice that provides expert patient care, while operating a business that is sustainable. A complete understanding of the landscape and the requirements for today's care is critical. These data will allow medicine to articulate practice concerns to national policy-makers that will lead to policy initiatives that not only help in the short-term but will allow future generations of doctors to continue providing superior care to their patients.

There is a small section in this study pertaining to practice expenses and the amounts that are attributable to you. Please encourage your staff to make these numbers available. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that the results of this study are considered critical to update physician payment. This is a vital part of the research and we need to have accurate and complete data. This information remains confidential. The survey firm will not identify any individuals or entities participating in this research to any of the participating organizations.

Dmrkynetec has been retained to conduct the Physician Practice Information survey among a representative random sample of practices in each of the participating specialties. The survey is an important and necessary vehicle for positive change. Please watch for this survey and do your part in completing it in a thorough and accurate manner if selected to represent our specialty.