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AMA Statement on 17th Sustainable Growth Rate Patch

March 31, 2014 - AMA Statement

"The American Medical Association is deeply disappointed by the Senate’s decision to enact a 17th patch to fix the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula."

AMA Statement on House Vote to Patch SGR

March 27, 2014 - AMA Statement

"The American Medical Association is extremely disappointed in today's House action to give up on SGR repeal."

AMA Statement on Pending Vote for Temporary SGR Patch

March 26, 2014 - AMA Statement

"Facing another self-imposed deadline, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act,” which would enact the 17th temporary “patch” to avert a 24 percent payment cut. Today, the American Medical Association and other physician groups are calling on House members to vote no on this legislation."

AMA Issues Grace Period Guide to Assist Physicians

March 19, 2014 - AMA Press Release

The AMA announced new resources to guide physicians on navigating a little known rule in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could pose a significant financial risk for medical practices.

Time to Move Forward

March 14, 2014 - AMA Statement

Just last month, both parties worked in a bicameral process to develop good-faith consensus and were historically close to repealing the dysfunctional payment system and improving healthcare for America’s senior citizens.

AMA Honors Government Service, Dedication to Health Care

March 6, 2014 - AMA Press Release

The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced the four recipients of the 2014 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service – the highest award for elected officials and government employees from the nation’s largest physician organization.

State and National Physician Groups Urge Congress to Fix Medicare Now and Repeal the Flawed Sustainable Growth Rate Formula

March 5, 2014 - AMA Press Release

The American Medical Association (AMA) is grateful that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to re-evaluate a case in which the federal government is interfering with the ability of state regulatory boards to protect public health and safety.

AMA Welcomes High Court Review of Federal Infringement on States’ Powers

March 4, 2014 - AMA Statement

The American Medical Association (AMA) is grateful that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to re-evaluate a case in which the federal government is interfering with the ability of state regulatory boards to protect public health and safety.

AMA Supports Creation of New GME Accreditation System, Praises Collaboration by Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Communities

Feb. 26, 2014 - AMA Statement

The AMA fully supports the creation of one accreditation system for graduate medical education programs that will now include graduates of both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.

AMA Joins Industry Call for Revisions to Meaningful Use Program

Feb. 24, 2014 - AMA Press Release

The American Medical Association (AMA) has joined the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and 46 of the nation's largest physician and hospital organizations to call for additional time and flexibility in the meaningful use program.

American Diabetes Association, YMCA of the USA and American Medical Association Release New Cost Estimate on Federal Savings of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act

Feb. 24, 2014 - AMA Press Release

The American Diabetes Association and YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA), released important new research today examining HR 962/S 452, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (MDPA).

AMA Congratulates Representative Dingell on his Retirement

Feb. 24, 2014 - AMA Statement

The American Medical Association congratulates Representative John Dingell on his retirement and commends him for 56 years of service to the people of Southeast Michigan and the nation as a whole.

AMA Pushes To Break SGR Status Quo on Anniversary of First Patch

Feb. 20, 2014 - AMA Statement

Today marks the anniversary of the first legislative 'patch' to Medicare's fatally-flawed physician payment formula known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR).

AMA Applauds CMS Decision to Conduct End-to-End ICD-10 Testing for Select Providers

Feb. 19, 2014 - AMA Statement

As a result of the AMA's advocacy efforts to help alleviate the burdens that physicians will face as a result of the transition to the ICD-10 code set, the federal government agreed today to conduct end-to-end testing on ICD-10 for select providers.

ICD-10 Cost Estimates Increased for Most Physicians

Feb. 12, 2014 - AMA Press Release

The mandated implementation of the ICD-10 code set will be dramatically more expensive for most physician practices than previously estimated.

AMA Pledges Strong Support for Medicare Reforms to Improve Nation’s Health Care for Seniors

Feb. 10, 2014 - AMA Press Release

Legislation would repeal SGR and modernize health care delivery and payment.

AMA Congratulates Senator Baucus on his Confirmation

Feb. 6, 2014 - AMA Statement

The American Medical Association congratulates Senator Max Baucus on his unanimous confirmation as the nation's new ambassador to China.

Critical Step Takes Congress Closer to a SGR Repeal

Feb. 6, 2014 - AMA Statement

The American Medical Association congratulates House and Senate negotiators for taking this critical step toward reforming the nation’s Medicare program.

AMA Applauds CVS Caremark for Decision to End Sale of Tobacco Products

Feb. 5, 2014 - AMA Statement

The AMA applauds CVS Caremark for its decision to discontinue the sale of tobacco products in its stores and put the public’s health first.

AMA: Court Should Uphold Provisional Reprieve on Medicare Advantage Terminations

Jan. 21, 2014 - AMA Press Release

To prevent irreparable harm to patient care, the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical associations have urged a federal court to uphold a preliminary injunction barring UnitedHealthcare from arbitrarily dropping thousands of Connecticut physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan.

Surgeon General’s Report on the Consequences of Smoking Reinforces AMA’s Mission to Prevent Diabetes Type 2 and Cardiovascular Disease

Jan. 17, 2014 - AMA Statement

In light of the Surgeon General’s report today directly linking smoking to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the American Medical Association is reaffirming its commitment to improving the nation’s health by working to prevent diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease.

AMA Celebrates Historic 50th Anniversary of First Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health; Highlights Continued Commitment to Improving the Nation’s Health

Jan. 9, 2014 - AMA Statement

As the AMA celebrates the historic anniversary of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health released fifty years ago, we reflect on the tremendous progress that has been made to combat tobacco use in the U.S. and the millions of lives saved since the report was released.

Landmark Agreement Formalizes Accreditation of U.S. and Canadian Medical Education Programs

Dec. 12, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) took an important step today in furthering the commitment of both the U.S. and Canada to ensuring quality standards in medical school programs.

AMA Praises Near Unanimous Votes to Fix Medicare by Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees

Dec. 12, 2013 - AMA Statement

Bipartisan legislative breakthrough sets pathway for repeal of the flawed SGR Medicare payment formula.

AMA Supports Proposal for a SGR Repeal in House Ways and Means Committee

Dec. 11, 2013 - AMA Statement

"The American Medical Association commends the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee for proposing bipartisan legislation to repeal the irreparably flawed Medicare payment formula known as SGR and moving toward a Medicare program that rewards high-quality care and reduces costs."

AMA Encourages Progress for Senate SGR Repeal Proposal

Dec. 11, 2013 - AMA Statement

The AMA has urged members of the Senate Finance Committee to favorably report out the current bipartisan legislative proposal in the mark up scheduled for Thursday.

AMA Applauds CMS Decision to Extend Prep Time for Meaningful Use Stage Two; Urges Federal Government to Reconsider Pass/Fail Approach

Dec. 10, 2013 - AMA Statement

"The federal government’s decision to extend Stage 2 of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use program is a welcome reprieve that will provide physicians and vendors with an additional year to adequately prepare for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program."

Medicare Final Rule Confirms Deep Cut to Physician Payments for 2014, Congress Must Repeal SGR Before Jan. 1

Nov. 27, 2013 - AMA Statement

"Today’s release of the final Medicare payment rule serves as an urgent reminder to Congress that there are just 34 days before physicians who care for Medicare patients will face a steep payment cut of about 24 percent cut due to the short-sighted, fatally flawed Medicare payment formula – the SGR."

AMA Adopts New Policies at Interim Meeting to Improve Health of Nation

Nov. 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA gathered physician and medical student leaders representing all aspects of medicine during its Interim Meeting and today voted to adopt new policies on emerging issues in public health and science to help improve the health of the nation.

AMA Will Urge Greater CDC Role in Combating Prescription Drug Abuse

Nov. 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Physicians at the Interim Meeting of the AMA today voted to endorse a proposal for a more constructive public health approach to preventing deaths from prescription pain medications.

AMA Foundation Honors Physician for Ethics Leadership

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA Foundation presented Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, with the 2013 Isaac Hays, MD and John Bell, MD Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism.

Houston Surgeon Receives Award for Citizenship and Community Service

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., a Houston thoracic surgeon, with the Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service.

Austin Medical Executive Receives Achievement Award for Exceptional Service

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Marshall G. Cothran, chief executive officer of the Travis County Medical Society (TCMS), with the Medical Executive Meritorious Achievement Award.

Albany Medical Executive Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA presented Linda A. Lambert, CAE, executive director of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alabama Medical Executive Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA presented Cary J. Kuhlmann, executive director of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Florida Medical Executive Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The American Medical Association (AMA) presented E. Russell Jackson, former senior vice president at the Florida Medical Association (FMA), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

AMA Passes Recommendations for Payment Models that Support New Approaches to Team-Based Health Care

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Team-based health care delivery models are quickly emerging as the preferred method for providing coordinated, cost-effective, high-quality health care for patients.

AMA Urges Congress to Repeal SGR by Year's End

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Physician leaders from all corners of the country today strongly and decisively called for Congress to repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

AMA Analysis Lists States Where One Private Health Insurer Rules

Nov. 7, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Absence of health insurance competition hurts patients, physicians, and employers.

AMA: Trans Fat Ban Would Save Lives

Nov. 7, 2013 - AMA Statement

Banning the use of artificial trans fats is a life-saving move that can help keep the public healthy, and the AMA strongly supports the FDA’s recommendation to eliminate one of the most harmful fats in our food supply.

AMA Toolkits Help Physicians Incorporate New Standards That Streamline Payment

Oct. 31, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA is offering free toolkits to help physicians benefit from new federal standards that can reduce administrative hassles, cut paperwork burdens and free physicians to spend more time with patients.

AMA: Bipartisan Proposal to Repeal SGR an Encouraging Step to Improve Medicare for Physicians and Patients

Oct. 30, 2013 - AMA Statement

The AMA commends the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee for collaborating in a bipartisan, bicameral process to end the failed Medicare funding formula known as the sustainable growth rate, or SGR.

AMA Announces Resignation from Board of Trustees

Oct. 29, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The American Medical Association (AMA) said today that Monica C. Wehby, M.D., is resigning her position on the AMA Board of Trustees to run for the U.S. Senate from the state of Oregon.

AMA Announces New, Improved FREIDA Online Resource

Oct. 14, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Tool for medical students and residents re-launched to better serve those searching and applying for residency programs, fellowships

Quality of Patient Care Drives Physician Satisfaction; Doctors Have Concerns About Electronic Health Records, Study Finds

Oct. 9, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Being able to provide high-quality health care is a primary driver of job satisfaction among physicians, and obstacles to quality patient care are a source of stress for doctors, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Medical Associations, AARP Push for Expanding Health Coverage in Maine

Oct. 5, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The Maine Medical Association (MMA), American Medical Association (AMA) and AARP held a joint press conference on Saturday, October 5th, at the MMA's 160th annual meeting.

AMA Applauds Senators' Efforts to Fix EHR Meaningful Use

Sept. 24, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Physicians are eager to implement EHRs, but overly aggressive timeline could have harmful, unintended consequences

AMA to Hold Webinar on Genetic Factors Affecting Patient Response to Opioids

Sept. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Free information to help physicians understand how genetic information affects patient response to opioid analgesics.

AMA Releases New Study of Physician Practice Arrangements

Sept. 17, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA released new data on physician practice arrangements showing that private practice medicine remains strong despite an increase in hospital employment.

AMA Announces 2014 CPT Code Enhancements

Sept. 16, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Updates to medicine's common language reflect new technological and scientific advancements.

AMA Launches "Fix Medicare Now" Grassroots Campaign

Sept. 10, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA launched a grassroots campaign to urge Congress to reform the Medicare physician payment system. A key component of the campaign is a new interactive website, FixMedicareNow.org.

AMA Offers Physicians Help Complying with Revised HIPAA Regulations

Sept. 9, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA announced a new toolkit to help physicians navigate the sweeping new revisions to the federal privacy and security rules for health information that go into effect on September 23, 2013.

AMA To Cease Publication of American Medical News

Aug. 12, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA announced today that it will stop publishing American Medical News effective Sept. 9, 2013.

AMA Appreciates Continued Leadership on Reforming Medicare

July 31, 2013 - AMA Statement

Work remains to allow for physician investment in improving patient care.

On 48th Anniversary of Medicare, AMA Says Patients and Physicians Deserve Healthy System

July 30, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA committed to shaping a sustainable Medicare program for future generations.

AMA Reminds Physicians: Sunshine Act Reporting Starts This Week

July 30, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Offers resources to help physicians prepare for new program.

AMA: In Reforming Medicare, Details Matter

July 23, 2013 - AMA Statement

Physicians urge lawmakers to ensure sustainable resources, not increase administrative burden

FACT SHEET: Response to the Washington Post's "How a secretive panel uses data that distorts doctors' pay"

July 22, 2013 - AMA Statement

The article and video published by the Washington Post distorts the RUC’s role in providing resource cost information to CMS.

AMA Appreciates House Committee’s Leadership on Reforming Medicare; Notes Work Remains to be Done

July 19, 2013 - AMA Statement

The AMA appreciates the work undertaken so far this year by the bipartisan leadership of the Energy and Commerce Committee to end the broken Medicare physician payment system.

Two Leading Health Care Quality Organizations Recommend Strategies to Minimize Overuse of Five Treatments

July 10, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Appropriate Use Will Improve Quality and Safety of Patient Care; Extend Finite Health Care Resources.

AMA President: Major Study from JAMA Shows Overall American Health Improvements, But Chronic Disease Burden Must Be Addressed

July 10, 2013 - AMA Statement

A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows a measurable improvement in the health of Americans.

AMA Releases Updated Pain Management Education Program

June 26, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Emphasizes balance between appropriate pain management and prevention of prescription drug abuse and diversion.

AMA: Race-Conscious School Admission Policies Needed to Help Eliminate Racial Health Disparities

June 24, 2013 - AMA Statement

The AMA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision affirming diversity as a compelling interest in education.

AMA Announces Board of Trustees for 2013-2014

June 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Medical Student Ryan Ribeira Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

June 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Ryan Ribeira, a medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, Calif., today became a member of the Board of Trustees of the AMA.

AMA Announces New Policy on Final Day of Annual Meeting

June 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA concluded its Annual Meeting today and announced the adoption of the new policy on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., Inaugurated as 168th President of AMA

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Lexington infectious disease specialist's work with HIV/AIDS patients spurred her involvement in organized medicine.

Minnesota Physician Maya Babu Elected to the AMA Board of Trustees

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA announced Maya Babu, MD, MBA, a resident in neurosurgery in Rochester, Minn., has been elected to the AMA Board of Trustees.

South Carolina Physician Gerald E. Harmon, MD, Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA announced today the election of Gerald E. Harmon, MD, a family medicine specialist from coastal South Carolina, to the Board of Trustees.

Missouri Doctor Re-elected to AMA Board of Trustees

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, a family physician from Mountain Grove, Mo., was elected today to a second term on the governing board of the AMA.

Robert M. Wah, MD, Elected President-Elect of AMA

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Retired Navy medical corp captain will become AMA president in June 2014.

AMA Adopts New Policies on Second Day of Voting at Annual Meeting

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA voted today during its Annual Meeting to adopt the following new policies.

AMA Adopts New Policies on First Day of Voting at Annual Meeting

June 17, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization, voted today during its Annual Meeting to adopt the following new policies.

New AMA Study: Patients Responsible for Nearly One-quarter of the Medical Bill

June 17, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Patients are responsible for nearly one-quarter of the medical bill, according to the findings released today from the AMA's sixth annual check-up of health insurers and their patterns for processing and paying medical claims.

AMA: High Court Sides with Greater Oversight of Pay-For-Delay Agreements

June 17, 2013 - AMA Statement

The AMA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today confirming that the Federal Trade Commission has the authority to challenge anti-competitive market barriers that deny patients access to affordable generic medications.

AMA Awards $11M to Transform the Way Future Physicians Are Trained

June 14, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Eleven medical school awardees become part of AMA learning consortium to rapidly disseminate best practices.

AMA Congratulates Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, on Her Success in Improving Public Health

June 13, 2013 - AMA Statement

The AMA is very pleased to congratulate Regina Benjamin, MD, on her successful tenure as U.S. Surgeon General.

AMA Welcomes an End to Human Gene Patents

June 13, 2013 - AMA Statement

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous rejection of patenting human genes is a clear victory for patients that will expand medical discovery and preserve access to innovative diagnosis and treatment options.

AMA to Hold Webinars on Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

June 12, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Free webinars will provide an overview of urine drug testing and a multidimensional approach to chronic pain treatment.

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Physicians in Arbitration Dispute with Health Insurer

June 11, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA and MSNJ support the contractual rights of physicians

2012 Annual Report Showcases AMA’s Work to Create a Better Health Care Future for Physicians, Patients, Nation

May 16, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Reports Membership Increase of More Than Three Percent and 13th Straight Year of Operating Profits

AMA Applauds Confirmation of CMS Administrator Tavenner

May 15, 2013 - AMA Statement

The AMA is very pleased that the Senate has confirmed Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of CMS.

AMA to Hold Webinar on Risk-Benefit Assessment for Opioid Prescribing

May 7, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA will host a free webinar to help physicians better understand the importance of risk-benefit assessments when prescribing opioids to patients with chronic pain.

AMA commends Georgia as the first state to adopt legal safeguards for physicians engaged in quality improvement

May 6, 2013 - AMA Statement

The AMA commends Georgia lawmakers for enacting legal protections for physicians engaged in quality and delivery improvement initiatives included in the federal health care reform law.

AMA: Marilyn Tavenner Should be Confirmed as CMS Administrator

April 23, 2013 - AMA Statement

The AMA strongly urges the U.S. Senate to swiftly confirm Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Wondering What To Do With Unused or Expired Drugs?

April 23, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA encourages patients to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27 to safely dispose of their unused or expired prescription drugs.

AMA Unveils First Phase of Improving Health Outcomes Initiative: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

April 22, 2013 - AMA Press Release

The AMA announced the first phase of its new multi-year, multi-million dollar improving health outcomes (IHO) initiative: preventing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and improving health outcomes for those with these conditions.

AMA: Put an End to Human Gene Patents

April 15, 2013 - AMA Statement

The American Medical Association urges the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent irreparable harm to patient care by upholding the legal limits on human gene patents.

AMA Pleased President’s Budget Includes Moving to Accountable Payment Models in Medicare

April 10, 2013 - AMA Statement

Physicians’ organization opposes proposals to strengthen IPAB, cut medical education funding.

AMA in the Media

Ga. Law: Federal Metrics No Basis for Medical Liability

May 7, 2013 - MedPage Today

"The decisive action of Georgia lawmakers holds the line against medical liability abuse and helps avert more civil actions against physicians, which increase medical liability insurance premiums and reduce access to health care for Georgia's patients," said Dr. Harris.

AMA President-elect Ardis Dee Hoven calls for ‘physician leadership’

May 7, 2013 - Jacksonville Daily Record

"We want to create a world where doctors can spend their time with patients instead of focusing on business. It's going to take physician leadership to develop care and payment models that reward quality outcomes,” said Dr. Hoven.

Locking the genome: U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether a private company can patent human DNA materia

May 6, 2013 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Among those filing amicus briefs with the court was the AMA, which argued: "Patents on human genes impede the provision of health care, thwart public health objectives, shackle innovation and violate ethical tenets.”

Medicare’s 140,000 New Diagnosis Codes Doctors Hate

May 4, 2013 - Forbes.com

In January, more than 40 doctors groups wrote a letter to the Obama administration to stop the new coding system, saying it would cause additional financial pressures on doctor practices.

AMA: EHRs create ‘appalling Catch-22’

May 3, 2013 - Healthcare IT News

AMA’s Stack offered a triptych of suggestions to CMS and ONC: address EHR usability concerns, provide guidance on EHR use for coding and billing, and make meaningful use stage 2 more flexible for providers.

Cost-Cutters on Hold

May 3, 2013 - MedPage Today

The IPAB won't have an impact on Medicare until at least 2016, a top official said this week.