Protecting your interests

The FMA understands that federal issues impact all physicians. This is why the FMA has expanded its role in federal advocacy. Federal issues that the FMA advocates on include:

  • Medicare payment reform. After adjusting for inflation in terms of practice costs, the value of Medicare physician pay fell 21% between 2001 and 2022. Physicians need annual payment updates that keep pace with the cost of running a practice. In addition, all penalties under MIPS should be repealed.
  • Federal prior authorization reform. Medicare Advantage plans and other federally regulated plans require federal prior authorization reform so that physicians can spend more time practicing medicine and so that patients can receive the care they need.
  • Graduate medical education (GME) slots. America needs more physicians, which will require more GME slots. Congress should lift the cap on funding for GME programs.

These are just some of the issues that we focus on in meetings with members of our congressional delegation. We also send a delegation to the AMA to advocate for the interests of Florida’s physicians on a variety of federal issues.