Public Policy Priorities

AMDA’s public policy priorities are prepared and approved by the AMDA Public Policy Committee. The AMDA Board of Directors then reviews and gives final approval. These priorities serve as a guide for AMDA’s government relations work both with Congress and government agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and do not limit any new policy issues that may arise or changes made at the discretion of the committee or Board of Directors.

For more information contact AMDA's Public Policy Department at

AMDA Specific Issues

  • New models of payment (i.e. Merit- Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  • Alternative Payment Model (APM)
    • CMMI Demos
      • 30-Day Rehospitalization Demonstration
      • Bundled Payment Initiatives (BPCI)
  • Quality Measurement
  • HIT in post-acute and long-term care
  • Strengthening the role and visibility of the Medical Director.
  • Timely Access to Pain Medication
    • Recognize nurse as agent
    • Define emergency situation in the PALTC setting

Coalition-Building Issues

  • Medical liability
  • Payment/RUC
    • Care Coordination
    • Advance Care Plan Codes
  • Improving Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
  • Assisted Living (work with NCAL and ALFA)
  • Infection control (HAIs)
  • Geriatric workforce issues
  • Medicare observation status/3 day stay
  • Hospice/End of Life
    • Physician Choice
    • Relatedness to Terminal Prognosis

Issues to Monitor

  • Conditions of participation for nursing homes
  • QAPI final rule and implementation
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Health care reform implementation issues
  • General practice issues/GME
    • Support general physician’s issues through AMA and other coalition efforts