The CEOs from the Coalition of State Medical Societies met in Austin to lay down a two-year strategic plan for our federal lobbying activity. The coalition comprises Texas and the state societies from Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Carolina; our joint membership is nearly 160,000 physicians and medical students. Along with issues such as private contracting for Medicare patients and physician ownership of hospitals, we decided to focus on two critical areas:
- Replacing Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate formula will be a key element of our work to repair the flaws in the Affordable Care Act.
- We will promote physician leadership through physician-led accountable care organizations. The major issue is access to capital for doctors.