Alliance of Specialty Medicine gives honors

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 16, 2004

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The Alliance of Specialty Medicine honored four members of Congress with the Hugh Williamson Award for Congressional Leadership on July 27 at ceremonies held in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Award recipients were Sen. Max Baucus (D, Mont.), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D, N.M.), Rep. Bart Gordon (D, Tenn.), and Rep. Sherrod Brown (D, Ohio). The award is named for Williamson, a Revolutionary War surgeon, signer of the Constitution and member of both the Continental Congress and the first U.S. House of Representatives.

"These members of Congress have shown leadership and foresight in their support of health care issues," said John Barnes, chair of the alliance, a coalition of 14 national medical specialty societies representing more than 220,000 physicians. "Whether by making improvements to our nation's Medicare system that enable doctors to continue to provide services to the patients who need them, or by supporting important medical liability reform legislation that will result in greater fairness for both patients and doctors, these members of Congress are on the front lines of ensuring that Americans have continued access to timely specialty care."

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