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GLMA Compendium of Health Profession Association LGBT Policy & Position Statements
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association recently released the Compendium of Health Profession Association LGBT Policy & Position Statements, a "document which outlines LGBT-related policy and position statements issued by health profession associations. The statements relate to LGBT individuals, families and communities as well as LGBT health professionals." Take a look at the compendium to see the various policies that the AMA and other health care organizations have on LGBT health issues.
IOM Report Published, NIH Responds
The AMA is cited in the final IOM report on LGBT health, which was published on March 31, 2011. The report is based on IOM hearings that were held in February 2010. At the hearings, the AMA provided testimony on LGBT health issues, research gaps, and opportunities, which can be found here. Read the response to the report provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Video presentation by Harvey Makadon, MD, of the Fenway Institute
Sponsored by the AMA and the Fenway Institute, Meeting the Health Care Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People is a comprehensive presentation on LGBT health care in America. This resource is filled with information on caring for LGBT patients, the national LGBT health care landscape, and the future of LGBT health care. Dr. Harvey J Makadon, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, presents.
"Don't Ask Don't Tell" Repealed
In 2010, the American Medical Association sent letters to Congress and spoke with the Pentagon urging the repeal of the U.S. Military's policy known as "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Subsequently, a Bill was passed that repealed this controversial policy. This successful effort stemmed from the passage of new policy by the AMA-RFS Assembly and HOD in November of 2009. Also, based on this policy, the AMA called for the repeal of this policy in its testimony to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in February, 2010.
Nov. 2010 GLBT Caucus - Video Online
At the The GLBT Caucus held on Friday, November 5, 2010, keynote speaker Kate O'Hanlan, MD, gave a presentation entitled, "Origins of diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity: a review of the evidence." Watch the entire presentation.
AMA issues comments on hospital visitation proposed rule
The American Medical Association (AMA) provided comments to CMS on its proposed rule pertaining to ensuring hospital visitation rights for all patients. There have been situations when gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) partners have been kept from the bedside of their partners or from acting as legal surrogates simply because they may not fit into the traditional concept of family. The dependent children of GLBT couples may also be prevented from seeing a parent in the hospital, depending on whether a child is legally related to the hospitalized parent or the same-sex partner of the patient. The AMA supports the right of patients to choose who can be at their bedside during a sudden medical emergency or a prolonged hospital stay. The CMS Proposed Rule resulted from a memorandum signed by President Obama on April 15, 2010, that requires hospitals to allow gay and lesbian patients to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney. Read the AMA comment Letter to HHS.
U.S. Dept of Labor Expands Parental Rights Under FMLA
The U.S. Department of Labor today clarified the definition of "son and daughter" under the Family and Medical Leave Act to ensure that an employee who assumes the role of caring for a child receives parental rights to family leave regardless of the legal or biological relationship. An employee who intends to share in the parenting of a child with his or her same sex partner will be able to exercise the right to FMLA leave to bond with that child. "No one who loves and nurtures a child day-in and day-out should be unable to care for that child when he or she falls ill," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. Read the press release for more information.
New Office of LGBT Health Created Within U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Read the letter of support from AMA Executive Vice President and CEO, Dr. Michael Maves
AMA Video Offers Best Practices when Taking a Sexual History
The AMA has recently developed a video to educate physicians on best practices when taking a sexual history. Many healthcare providers know and understand the importance of taking a proper sexual history. Often times, it is the sexual history that reveals additional important facets about the patients, such as their sexual orientation or gen der identity. The video, Patient Sexual Health History: What You Need to Know to Help, offers recommendations and considerations when treating LGBT patients. The video is available online free of charge.
Does your office have a visible nondiscrimination statement for patients?
The AMA has produced a sample nondiscrimination statement that is suitable for physicians to frame and display in their offices. This resource can be easily downloaded by clicking on the link below. The AMA is encouraging state medical societies to provide this sample statement to individual physicians to display for patient and staff awareness. This small but important step ensures a greater level of comfort for all patients entering the physician's office. Nondiscrimination Statement
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