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Physicians make an impact far beyond patient care.

They add to the economic health of the nation:

  • 13.8 jobs per physician
  • That's nearly 10 million jobs nationally

Learn more about job creation in your state
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AMA Advocacy News

CMS' claim data release could be misleading

On April 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) release physicians' Medicare claims data, including billed charges and total payments, to the public. But the agency released only raw data with little context.  Learn more about the data set's limitations in AMA Wire.

AMA supports new FDA approval expected to reduce opioid overdose deaths

Approval granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a user-friendly opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, could help curb the growing public health crisis of U.S. overdose deaths. Learn more about how the AMA has long supported increasing the availability of naloxone.  

Congress enacts another Medicare patch

On March 31, the Senate passed H.R. 4302, the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” which postpones the imminent 24 percent Medicare physician payment cut for 12 months, until April 1, 2015. The House passed an identical version of the bill by voice vote on March 27. The AMA and many other physician organizations, including over 80 state medical societies and national specialty societies, sent a letter on March 26 urging members of the House of Representatives to vote against the bill. The AMA sent a similar letter of strong opposition to the Senate on March 28. The AMA opposed the bill because its passage cast aside a year-long bipartisan, bicameral effort to develop comprehensive Medicare physician payment reforms that were supported by over 600 medical organizations. Read a brief summary of the provisions of H.R. 4302, and access a full summary of H.R. 4302 for additional information.