Florida Medical Assn. to send "no confidence" message to AMA

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 30, 2010

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The Florida Medical Assn. has opted to send a message of "no confidence" to the American Medical Association regarding decisions by the leadership during the national health reform debate.

"The FMA House of Delegates strongly believes that the AMA has failed to represent practicing physicians on the issue of health care reform," Madelyn E. Butler, MD, the association's president, said in an Aug. 16 statement. She said the FMA would relay these "grave concerns" to the AMA by a letter conveying a vote of "no confidence." The vote occurred during the association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., in early August, during which debate included the possibility of the group severing its ties with the AMA.

The FMA will continue to send a delegation to the AMA's Annual and Interim Meetings, Dr. Butler said. At this article's deadline, the AMA had yet to receive the letter from the state society.

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