The Washington Post
: AMA Panel Takes Steps Toward More Transparency
The American Medical Association panel that plays a key role in setting payment rates for physicians has voted to make public more of its deliberations and is revamping some of the methods it uses for determining the values of services. The panel has come under criticism in recent years because, despite its importance in the economy of U.S. health care, its meetings have not been freely accessible to the public. The panel advises the federal government on the value of physicians’ services and its estimates are widely used by insurance companies (Whoriskey, 11/6).
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