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What’s next now that the AMA has declared obesity a disease?

What’s next now that the AMA has declared obesity a disease?

The AMA’s classification is expected to influence changes in treatment, coverage, research and health policy.


How med schools will spend innovation grants

The mission for those selected for the AMA awards is to adapt their training to 21st-century needs and help lead a nationwide educational transformation.


Insurer report card points to patient collection hassles

The Association also introduced a new Administrative Burden Index aimed at identifying areas of the claims process that physicians and insurers can improve together.


Study to gauge impact of recertification process on doctors

Study to gauge impact of recertification process on doctors

Some physicians say there should be alternatives to mandatory exams to stay board certified.


Leaders speak to efforts on behalf of patients and physicians

Leaders speak to efforts on behalf of patients and physicians

The AMA president talks about critical issues facing doctors while the executive vice president gives a progress report on the strategic plan.


Doctors seek payment models to replace Medicare SGR

New Association policy says physicians should have the freedom to determine what models would apply best to their practices.


Call for tougher rules to stop misleading medical device ads

Delegates say DME distributors frequently misconstrue the process in which patients must follow to receive their supplies.


Pharmacists warned on intruding into prescribing decisions

Pharmacists warned on intruding into prescribing decisions

Delegates say pharmacists have been second-guessing physician decisions on drug orders; pharmacists say they're just trying to comply with DEA requirements.


Guidance offered on effective EHR use

Physicians respond to worries that technology may be interfering with patient communication and is a barrier to sharing information with other facilities.


Federal payment sought for Medicaid organ transplants

Federal payment sought for Medicaid organ transplants

State budget shortfalls should not limit access to lifesaving transplants, delegates contend.


More oversight seen as needed for compounding pharmacies

More oversight seen as needed for compounding pharmacies

The recommendations come as some physicians note it is critical for them to have compounded drugs available quickly.


Low morale a problem at every physician career stage

Low morale a problem at every physician career stage

Delegates applaud the Association’s strategic focus on physician satisfaction. A CEJA forum examines burnout among doctors and medical students.


AMA meeting opens with recap of year of promoting changes in health care

AMA meeting opens with recap of year of promoting changes in health care

At the opening of the House of Delegates, the AMA president and executive vice president describe how the Association made improvements for doctors and patients.


11 medical schools earn AMA grants for education innovation

11 medical schools earn AMA grants for education innovation

Physicians and educators hope the $11 million initiative will spark nationwide curriculum changes to better prepare future doctors for leadership roles in team-based care.


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The House of Delegates is the AMA’s principal policymaking body. Here is a quick reference to who attends and how work gets done.

2012 Interim Meeting

AMA meeting: Delegates adopt physician employment principles

Delegates adopt physician employment principles

As the number of doctors in independent practice declines, the Association's policy aims to ensure that patient welfare stays ahead of employer imperatives.


AMA meeting: Standards sought as clinical use of gene sequencing speeds up

Standards sought as clinical use of gene sequencing speeds up

Diagnostic mysteries are being solved using genomic-based technologies. Overcoming barriers to clinical implementation is the next step, delegates say.


AMA meeting: Congress is urged to stop automatic cuts to health programs

Congress is urged to stop automatic cuts to health programs

Delegates direct the AMA to lobby Congress to prevent budget reductions in Medicare, public health and other initiatives.


Progress is reported on 5-year strategic plan

The AMA's CEO provides updates to delegates on the three areas of focus.


AMA meeting: Principles would govern Medicare switch to defined-contribution system

Principles would govern Medicare switch to defined-contribution system

Delegates also set policy calling for compensating physicians for time spent on Medicare recovery audit contractor requests.


AMA meeting: Policies target doctor shortages, GME cuts

Policies target doctor shortages, GME cuts

Delegates call for the expansion of J-1 visa waivers and protection of existing residency slots.


AMA meeting: Guidance on health care teams approved

Guidance on health care teams approved

Adopted policy seeks to help physicians leading patient-centered medical homes, while addressing a new environment of work force shortages and increased demand for health services.


Call for flu-shot mandate in long-term-care setting

Nearly half of health care professionals in this area skip getting an influenza vaccination. The requirement will protect a vulnerable group of patients, delegates say.


AMA adopts principles to govern possible Medicare switch to a defined-contribution system

AMA adopts principles to govern possible Medicare switch to a defined-contribution system

At the closing session, the House of Delegates also adopts policy that outlines what constitutes team-based care.


AMA delegates debate defined-contribution Medicare financing

AMA delegates debate defined-contribution Medicare financing

At the Association's Interim Meeting, they also discussed how to protect the autonomy of the growing number of employed physicians.


AMA leaders present current course, future direction of the Association

AMA leaders present current course, future direction of the Association

AMA delegates are told the Association has made strides in improving the health care system and launching a five-year strategic plan.

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