American Medical Association committee exaggerates time of procedures, Post investigation finds.
A little-known committee of doctors help establish the value of every procedure in medicine. Critics say the American Medical Association, doctors’ chief lobbying group, is the wrong organization to do the work.
Pay for doctors is supposed to depend on the time and intensity of the procedures they perform. But the estimated duration of procedures used by the American Medical Association and the government are so exaggerated that many doctors averaged more than 24 hours of work in a single day. Records show that 340 doctors at outpatient surgical clinics in Florida performed at least 16 hours of procedures per day, even though most clinics are open for about 10 hours.
The bipartisan effort is in response to criticism that the method of valuing procedures misprices payments.