The American Medical Association will announce next week that it will raise its salary cap for medical professionals, bringing the total to $100,000 per year, according to a draft of the organization’s 2017 salary bill obtained by The Washington Post.
The move will affect more than 4,000 physicians, nurses, physical therapists and other health-care workers.
The American Hospital Association will raise the salary cap, too.
The AMA, a group of more than 300,000 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who are the country’s most powerful lobby, is the primary lobbying force for the American Medical Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other national medical associations.
The increase is not expected to be retroactive.
It is a one-time increase of $10,000 for the current year.
It would not affect the annual salary cap the AMA set in 2018, which was $90,000.
The group has long been lobbying for an increase in the salaries of physicians and other top medical workers, particularly as costs have increased and patients have had to switch from Medicare to Medicaid or private insurance to pay for medical care.
The organization has long pushed for a cap on the salaries paid to medical professionals.
Its position was strengthened after the 2016 health-insurance reform law created an exemption from the cap for doctors and other doctors’ assistants.
The medical profession’s opposition to the cap has been the focus of some recent efforts in Congress to raise the caps.
The Medical Association of America, the nation’s largest professional association of doctors, has proposed legislation that would raise the cap to $80,000 and cap it at $100.
The House of Representatives recently approved a similar bill, but it has stalled in the Senate.
On the Democratic side, Representative Maxine Waters of California has introduced legislation that also would raise caps to $75,000 but caps them at $80.
“The medical profession is the most powerful lobbying force in our country and they will continue to fight for our health care system, especially when it comes to protecting Medicare, Medicaid and other critical programs,” the AMA said in a statement.
“This is a significant step forward for physicians and medical professionals in our profession and an important step forward in supporting the people of the nation.”