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AMA in the Media


2014 AMA in the Media

257,000 Doctors Will Get Medicare Pay Cut For Using Paper Records
Dec. 18, 2014 - Forbes
The American Medical Association said the meaningful use program uses a "strict set of one-size-fits-all requirements" and is "failing physicians and their patients," AMA president-elect Dr. Steven Stack said in a statement. "The overlapping and often conflicting patchwork of laws and regulations must be fixed and aligned to ensure physicians are able to move to innovative payment and delivery models that could improve the quality of care."...

Quarter of a Million EPs Subject to MU Penalties in 2015
Dec. 18, 2014 - HealthData Management
The American Medical Association issued a statement Dec. 17 that the physician group is "appalled" by an announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that more than 50 percent of eligible professionals will face penalties under the Meaningful Use program in 2015. In a written statement, Steven Stack, M.D., president-elect of the AMA, said the number released by CMS—more than 257,000 EPs—is "even worse than we anticipated."...

Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments Begin
Dec. 18, 2014 - HealthLeaders Media
"The Meaningful Use program was intended to increase physician use of technology to help improve care and efficiency. Unfortunately, the strict set of one-size-fits-all requirements is failing physicians and their patients. They are hindering participation in the program, forcing physicians to purchase expensive electronic health records with poor usability that disrupts workflow, creates significant frustrations and interferes with patient care, and imposes an administrative burden."...

Doctors Shouldn't Have Been Involved in Torture, Group Say
Dec. 12, 2014 - Bloomberg News
A Dec. 9 U.S. Senate report outlined practices such as rectal feeding, sleep deprivation and painful "stress positions," used on terrorism suspects by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The American Medical Association joins the American Psychological Association, which called the findings "sickening and morally reprehensible" and said that two psychologists named in it were not members. "The physician's most important role is that of healer, and that role is seriously compromised in situations of torture and coercive interrogation," Robert M. Wah, the medical group's president, said in a statement...

AMA rebukes doctors for role in CIA 'torture'
Dec. 12, 2014 - The Hill
The American Medical Association (AMA) said medical ethics prohibits doctors from participating in or being made to assist with practices the group termed "torture." "The physician's most important role is that of healer, and that role is seriously compromised in situations of torture and coercive interrogation," said AMA President Robert M. Wah in a statement that was at turns critical and reflective. "The AMA will continue to advocate that no doctor is asked to go against the ethics of the profession, to remind physicians of their ethical obligations, and to ensure that medical professionals are never involved in the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody."...

Why I Joined the AMA - And why you should too
Dec. 12, 2014 - MedPage Today
The AMA is leading the charge in promoting public health and improving health outcomes. From major AMA victories of the past, like getting smoking banned first on airplanes and later in workplaces, to current projects, like promoting prescription drug safety and supporting the Stop Overdose Stat Act, the AMA has always been at the forefront of public health efforts and advances. The AMA works with leading national and state medical societies, public health organizations and officials, and legislators to improve the health of the public by implementing campaigns to combat disease, environmental dangers, toxic substances, and other threats to public health. – Op-ed by Joshua Cohen, MD, MPH, is a headache neurologist in New York City...

No Rest for Battle-Weary Docs
Dec. 11, 2014 - HealthLeaders Media
Another temporary "doc fix" was passed instead, averting the 21% cut in Medicare reimbursement. But, here we are, one year later and the American Medical Association as well as other groups, is still lobbying for a permanent solution. "Before they dismiss this Congress, we want to get it done now," Robert Wah, MD, president of the AMA told me in November during the House of Delegates Interim meeting in Dallas. "We've made so much progress; so much work has been done to create that bipartisan/bicameral bill… we shouldn't lose that momentum and start over again."...

Upcoming conference to highlight UT Dell Medical School
Dec. 9, 2014 - Austin Business Journal
National leaders in health care education will convene in Austin on Wednesday for a conference that will put the University of Texas and its under-construction Dell Medical School in the spotlight. The conference, hosted by the American Medical Association at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, will feature plenty of insight into how businesses can work with both the medical school and create new products and services that will be needed as the health care landscape continues to shift...

How OHSU wowed the American Medical Association
Dec. 8, 2014 - Portland Business Journal
The American Medical Association made its first site visit to Oregon Health & Science University's School of Medicine last week after awarding the school a $1 million, five-year grant last year to change its medical education. Dr. Susan Skochelak, group vice president for medical education at the AMA, met with OHSU administrators, faculty, and students on Friday to check on the progress of the school's new program...

50 of the most powerful people in healthcare | 2015
Dec. 8, 2014 - Becker's Hospital Review
James Madara, MD. Dr. Madara serves as executive vice president and CEO of the nation's oldest and largest physician group, the American Medical Association. He took the job in July 2011 and in 2012 he unveiled a new, three-pronged strategic focus for the AMA: improving health outcomes, accelerating change in medical education, and professional satisfaction and practice sustainability. The AMA wields great influence in the healthcare industry, achieving more than 85 state legislative and regulatory victories in 2013 while experiencing its third consecutive year of membership growth. Before taking the helm at the AMA, Dr. Madara was CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center and previously served as senior advisor with Leavitt Partners. He is a pathologist and expert on cell biology and gastrointestinal disease....

Obamacare Sunshine Act sheds light on $3.5B paid to doctors
Oct. 1, 2014 - Chicago Tribune
The Chicago-based American Medical Association, the nation's largest and most influential trade group representing doctors, said it remains "very concerned about the accuracy of the data." It said only 26,000 of the 546,000 physicians included in the data were able to...

New Federal Database Details Medical World's Financial Links to Drugmakers
Sept. 30, 2014 - The New York Times
"It's a scope and scale issue," said Dr. Robert M. Wah, president of the American Medical Association. He and others questioned the value of Tuesday's data release because it carries significant caveats.

Medical societies express concern as CMS publishes first wave of payment data
Sept. 30, 2014 - Healio.com
CMS has come under criticism today for the release of its first batch of Open Payments System data. According to some medical societies, the data are inaccurate and incomplete, and the American Medical Association has asked the media to consider the data...

Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors
Sept. 30, 2014 - NPR – Shots Blog
The government gave doctors a 45-day window to review and dispute payments attributed to them before the information becomes public, but it's unclear how many did. The American Medical Association, as well as pharmaceutical and device trade groups...

Why Open Payments Irks Physicians
Sept. 29, 2014 - HealthLeaders Media
Days before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' scheduled launch of the Open Payments website, the President of the American Medical Association said the release of potentially inaccurate data could "cause patients to question their trust in their physicians…

New DEA Rules Aim to Balance Risks, Benefits of Prescription Painkillers
Sept. 29, 2014 – Roll Call
There is also mounting concern that physicians will have to prescribe painkillers in larger quantities to compensate for the new restrictions on refills. Andrew Gurman, an orthopaedic hand surgeon and speaker of the House of Delegates for the American Medical Association...

Vanderbilt helping shape the future of medical schools
Sept. 24, 2014 - The Tennessean
In 2013, the AMA awarded Vanderbilt $1 million, to be delivered over five years, to accelerate best practices in medical education. "It's not that the training is broken," said Susan Skochelak, the AMA's vice president for medical education. "It's just that it hasn't kept up with what's going on in health care today."...

Doctors, nurses and Y join forces to prevent diabetes
Sept. 10, 2014 - The Tennessean
The summit is a joint effort between the American Medical Association, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the Tennessee Medical Association and the Tennessee Nurses Association. "This is a new way around a health care environment where you are creating clinical community linkages to prevention...

AMA chief: Fixing physician pay issues are critical
July 1, 2014 - The Tennessean
This June, Dr. Robert Wah took over as head of the American Medical Association – the largest association of physicians in the United States. ...

Back to the Future for Medical Schools: New Ideas Aim to Revolutionize a Doctor's Education
June 24, 2014 - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The 11 medical schools that received the recent AMA grants were chosen from among 119 schools that submitted proposals. ...

AMA Annual Meeting Highlights: Association Gives Nod to First EP President-elect
June 24, 2014 - Emergency Physicians Monthly
At the recently concluded Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, by far the best and most significant news was that our very own Steve Stack, an emergency physician from Kentucky, was elected President-elect of the AMA. ...

Five ways to combat prescription drug abuse
June 18, 2014 - Boston Globe, Column from Dr. Wah
The American Medical Association hopes they will focus on a five-pronged comprehensive, public health approach that emphasizes treatment and prevention. ...

Meet the new AMA leadership
June 16, 2014 - Medical Practice Insider
The AMA's first Chinese-American president has served the industry — and his country — well. Wah spent 23 years on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and was the first deputy national coordinator for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ...

New AMA President Talks Tough on SGR
June 12, 2014 - HealthLeaders Media
The new president of the American Medical Association, Robert Wah, MD, says he is "beyond frustrated" that the sustainable growth rate formula has not yet been repealed, and says finding a way to pay for it is the job of Congress. ...

Kentucky doctor to head American Medical Association
June 10, 2014 - The Courier-Journal
Dr. Steven J. Stack, an emergency physician in Lexington, has been named president-elect of the American Medical Association, the nation's largest physician organization. ...

McAneny re-elected to AMA board of trustees
June 10, 2014 - Albuquerque Business Journal
Albuquerque oncologist Dr. Barbara McAneny has been re-elected to a four-year term on the board of trustees of the American Medical Association, the AMA said Tuesday. ...

AMA officially designates cheerleading a sport
June 10, 2014 - Associated Press
The nation's largest doctors' group adopted that as policy Monday at its annual meeting in Chicago. AMA members say cheerleading is as rigorous as many other activities that high schools and the NCAA consider sports. ...

AMA Urges Obama To Use Private Doctors To Treat Veterans Outside Of VA
June 10, 2014 - Forbes
"The AMA believes that all Americans should have access to health care, especially those who bravely serve our country," said AMA President, Dr. Robert M. Wah who served more than two decades as a captain in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps ...

Robert M. Wah, MD, Takes Reins as AMA President
June 9, 2014 - MedPage Today
When Robert M. Wah, MD, takes office Tuesday as the 169th president of the American Medical Association, he will make history as the first Asian-American to hold that post. ...

Disease: The medical challenge of this century about adding life to years
May 23, 2014 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The association's key projects include prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Another goal is overhauling medical education to meet 21st-century needs, AMA president Ardis D. Hoven, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist, said. ...

Incoming head of AMA talks about combating diabetes, heart disease
May 20, 2014 - Florida Times-Union
Robert Wah, the incoming head of the American Medical Association, told the Times-Union editorial board that the AMA has several major priorities. ...

50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders
May 10, 2014 - Modern Healthcare
Drs. Hoven and Wah named to the Modern Healthcare 2014 list of 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders ...

Column from Dr. Hoven, Leveraging Medicare Data to Improve Care
April 30, 2014 - Huffington Post
For several years, the American Medical Association (AMA) has advocated for accurate utilization data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) be provided to physicians in a timely manner so they can evaluate care choices, reduce costs and improve quality. ...

Letter to the Editor from Dr. Hoven, New Models of Health-Care Delivery
April 29, 2014 - Wall Street Journal
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation provides a much-needed laboratory for developing and testing new models of health-care delivery and payment to improve patient care by strengthening both Medicare and the health-care system generally. ...

AMA partners with YMCA, IU Health Physicians to prevent Type 2 Diabetes
April 25, 2014 - Indianapolis Recorder
“One out of every three Americans has prediabetes and only about 11 percent are even aware that they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is why the AMA is committed to raising awareness and connecting physician practices to the YMCA’s DPP to help those at greatest risk prevent or delay diabetes,” said Ardis Dee Hoven, MD. ...

Physician Group Says Medical Practices Are Good for Economic Health
April 22, 2014 - Philadelphia Inquirer
New Jersey doctors provide healthcare to the state’s residents – and they also help keep the state’s economy healthy, according to a new study. ...

Doctors have $20B economic impact in Tennessee
April 18, 2014 - The Tennessean
Tennessee’s more than 14,000 physicians contributed $618 million in state and local tax revenue in 2012, according to a report released this week by national physician group the American Medical Association. ...

AMA past president: AMA "policy triathlon" could transform health care environment
April 18, 2014 - Clinical Psychiatry News
The American Medical Association is working toward numerous goals that stand to improve health care and the practice of medicine, including some that target issues of particular concern to psychiatrists, according to Dr. Jeremy A. Lazarus. ...

Medical Schools develop innovative curriculum
April 8, 2014 - Michigan Daily
The American Medical Association assembled the convention as part of an initiative called “Accelerating Change in Medical Education,” a competition challenging schools to create their best proposal for innovative medical training. ...

Doctors and the Affordable Care Act
March 18, 2014 - C-SPAN
Dr. Ardis Hoven is a guest on Washington Journal where she discusses the impact of the Affordable Care Act on doctors and the Doc Fix. ...

U.S. doctors push back on latest Republican move on Obamacare
March 14, 2014 - Reuters
The AMA, which represents nearly 225,000 doctors and is one of the most powerful lobby groups in Washington, made public its frustrations after weeks of intensive behind-the-scenes efforts to forge bipartisan agreement on funding for the legislation. ...

Physicians' Concerns About Electronic Health Records: Implications And Steps Towards Solutions
March 11, 2014 - Health Affairs Blog
Policy makers and professional organizations have become increasingly concerned about physician professional satisfaction. ...

AMA: Urge Congress to repeal the SGR now
March 4, 2014 - KevinMD
Guest column from Dr. Hoven, National Day of Action for SGR Repeal this Wednesday, March 5 is the perfect chance to make your views heard. ...

Congress Must Take Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Medicare Now
Feb. 28, 2014 - Forbes
Guest column from Dr. Hoven praising Congress for taking a critical step toward reforming the nation's Medicare program. ...

Elaborate medical code overhaul set to launch, frustrates doctors
Feb. 28, 2014 - Fox News
Dr. Stack tells Fox News, "For small physician practices implementing something this complex particularly at a time that we have major health system reform..."

US needs a sustainable Medicare
Feb. 12, 2014 - The Hill
Guest column from Dr. Hoven advocates for Congress to support fiscally responsible Medicare policy that has bipartisan and bicameral support. ...

AMA supports overhaul of Medicare doctors' pay
Feb. 10, 2014 - Associated Press
The American Medical Association says it strongly supports legislation that would change the way Medicare pays doctors, to emphasize quality care and not just sheer volume of services. ...

Congress Has a Fiscal Responsibility to Reform Medicare Now
Feb. 5, 2014 - Roll Call
Guest column from Dr. Hoven calling for enacting fiscally-prudent legislation that would help transform Medicare into a revitalized 21st century program. ...

50th Anniversary of Landmark Report on Smoking Brings Reflection of Past Success and Reality of New Concerns to Tackle
Jan. 13, 2014 - Huffington Post
Column from Dr. Hoven celebrating the historic progress that has been made to educate the nation on the deadly health effects of smoking. ...

A Busy Doctor's Right Hand, Ever Ready to Type
Jan. 12, 2014 - New York Times
A study published jointly in October by the American Medical Association and RAND Corporation found that electronic health records were a major contributor to physician dissatisfaction. ...

Survey: Doctors mixed on electronic medical records
Jan. 7, 2014 - USA Today
Dr. Stack describes RAND study findings on physician satisfaction and EHRs. ...

2013 AMA in the Media

Congress Poised To Permanently Fix Its Medicare Payment Glitch
Dec. 18, 2013 - NPR
She's the president of the American Medical Association, which has led the charge to fix the formula almost since its inception. ...

Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed
Dec. 12, 2013 - HealthLeaders Media
Interview with Dr. Hoven on optimism for SGR repeal. ...

AMA: Repeal the flawed Medicare payment formula
Dec. 4, 2013 - KevinMD
Dr. Hoven’s guest column urges Congress to act on SGR before year’s end. ...

Top 10 States With Least Competitive Insurance Markets
Nov. 7, 2013 - National Journal
The AMA's report on competition in health insurance markets shows the top 10 states with the least competitive insurance markets. ...

AMA panel takes steps toward more transparency
Nov. 6, 2013 - Washington Post
Dr. Levy on the commitment to improve overall transparency, accessibility for the RUC. ...

RUC panel aims for transparency
Nov. 4, 2013 - Internal Medicine News Digital Network
Dr. Levy discusses recent changes to expand transparency. ...

Key Senate, House Committee Chairmen Offer Plan To Fix Medicare Doctor Payments
Oct. 31, 2013 - Kaiser Health News
Dr. Hoven praises step towards SGR repeal from House Energy and Commerce Committee. ...

Does Med Ed Need Radical Surgery, and What Kind?
Oct. 1, 2013 - Wall Street Journal
Letter to the editor from Dr. Hoven touts the AMA's initiative to accelerate change in medical education will establish a learning consortium. ...

Congress: Fix Medicare now
Sept. 28, 2013 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Column from Dr. Hoven and the president of the Wisconsin Medical Society speak out on unsustainable Medicare cuts. ...

UK Alum "sees swagger" As President of the American Medical Association
Sept. 20, 2013 - University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky honors School of Medicine alum and AMA President Dr. Hoven. ...

AMA dedicates new Chicago headquarters
Sept. 19, 2013 - CBS Chicago
The AMA has just moved its main headquarters, with encouragement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. ...

Majority of Docs Still Own Their Own Practices
Sept. 17, 2013 - MedPage Today
A new survey from AMA's Policy Research Perspective series shows majority of doctors still own their own practices. ...

50 Most Influential Physician Executives - 2013
Sept. 16, 2013 - Modern Healthcare
AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, named to Modern Healthcare's 50 Most Influential Physician Executives. ...

AMA: The administrative burden of being a physician
Sept. 15, 2013 - KevinMD
Dr. Hoven’s monthly guest column addresses the administrative burden of being a physician. ...

Rx For Docs: AMA Answers Obamacare Questions
Sept. 11, 2013 - Washington Post, Kaiser Health News
The AMA launches a new website to help physicians answer frequently asked questions on ACA. ...

American Medical Association offers HIPAA toolkit
Sept. 10, 2013 - Health IT Security
Physicians now have the American Medical Association (AMA) HIPAA toolkit at their disposal as they gear up for the Sept. 23, 2013 compliance date. ...

A chance to fix Medicare
Sept. 10, 2013 - Baltimore Sun, Opinions
Presidents of AMA and MedChi urge Congress to eliminate uncertainty about physician payments. ...

Pulse Exclusive: Docs Hoping to Drive Doc Fix
Sept. 10, 2013 - Politico
Politico highlights the launch of new "Fix Medicare Now" campaign. ...

AMA helps practices prepare for HIPAA with new toolkit
Sept. 9, 2013 - PhysBizTech
AMA releases a new toolkit to keep physicians informed on HIPAA. ...

Editorial: Rep. Burgess’ plan to better pay Medicare physicians
Sept. 8, 2013 - Dallas Morning News
Dr. Burgess, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has found a bipartisan way to fix the way Medicare reimburses physicians. ...

Editorial: Fixing Medicare
Sept. 6, 2013 - Houston Chronicle
Congress is making a very serious bipartisan effort to fix the dysfunctional way that Medicare pays doctors. ...

After a Decade, Congress Moves to Fix Doctors’ Medicare Pay
Sept. 6, 2013 - NPR Morning Edition
"Over the last 10 years we've spent about $146 billion on patches and patches and patches," says Ardis Hoven, president of the AMA. ...

Health On The Hill: 'It's A Fire Sale On The SGR'
Sept. 4, 2013 - Kaiser Health News
The SGR has been with us for a long time – this is really the closest we’ve ever been to having the SGR go away. ...

Shazam! Burgess has a smart — and bipartisan — plan for paying Medicare doctors
Sept. 4, 2013 - The Dallas Morning News
Dr. Michael Burgess, the Denton County Republican congressman, has come up with a bipartisan way to fix the way Medicare reimburses physicians. ...

AMA: Effective pain management with prevention of prescription drug abuse
Aug. 14, 2013 - KevinMD
The AMA is working with policymakers to balance the physician’s ethical obligation to treat patients suffering from pain against the need to identify drug seekers and prevent abuse, unintentional overdose and death from prescription drugs....

A multipronged approach to opioid safety
July 29, 2013 - American Medical News
The AMA is engaging with all key players through a range of education and advocacy efforts to combat prescription drug abuse while preserving necessary patient access...

AMA: Medicare gains from physicians' advice
July 29, 2013 - USA Today
Op-ed from Dr. Hoven: AMA committee provides fair, objective advice...

Letter from Dr. Hoven, AMA committee offers recommendations, rather than sets policy
July 26, 2013 - Washington Post
AMA committee offers recommendations, rather than sets policy...

AMA Study Shows Overall Health Improvements, But Says Chronic Disease Burden Must Be Addressed
July 15, 2013 - Healthcare Daily
The AMA is continuing its leadership in patient health by focusing on improving health outcomes for two of the nation’s most troubling chronic conditions: cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes...

Why Calling Obesity a Disease Is a Good Thing
July 12, 2013 - Everyday Health
Dr. Sanjay Gupta writes, "The AMA's reclassification isn't just semantics. It could change the way we view and manage weight"...

A Label Calls Attention to Obesity
July 1, 2013 - New York Times, Well Blog
The AMA has said in effect that it is medicine’s responsibility to provide the knowledge and tools needed to curb this runaway epidemic...

Obesity As a Disease?
June 28, 2013 - Huffington Post
Guest column on new obesity policy from Dr. Hoven on how AMA is working to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes through our new strategic effort to improve health outcomes for patients...

Recognizing Obesity as a Disease Will Enable Better Treatment
June 27, 2013 - U.S. News and World Report
Guest column from Dr. Hoven on obesity and the AMA’s new strategic effort to improve health outcomes for patients...

Medical groups express support for DOMA decision
June 26, 2013 - CBS News
The U.S. Supreme Court's rulings today, overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and leaving in place a California federal court ruling striking down a ban on same-sex marriage...

CMS Stresses Doctors' Rights to Challenge Information Collected Under Sunshine Act
June 26, 2013 - Bloomberg BNA
AMA's outgoing president, Dr. Jeremy A. Lazarus, said the association supports efforts that provide the public with additional transparency over financial relationships between the medical profession and players in the health industry...

Interview with Dr. Harris, The Bottom Line on Obesity as a Disease
June 23, 2013 - MSNBC
Dr. Patrice Harris discusses how classifying obesity as a disease will help direct funds to research and cures and finding prevention programs...

Obesity is a disease, doctors’ group says
June 19, 2013 - The Today Show
“AMA has a lot of clout when it comes to policy and so I think things are going to change…”

What does the future of medical education look like? These 5 medical schools offer some clues
June 18, 2013 - MedCity News
The $11 million in grants being offered by the American Medical Association over the next five years offers a window to thinking about health care reform...

Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven new AMA chief
June 16, 2013 - Lexington Courier-Journal
Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven will become the new president of the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization...

AMA: A significant redesign of undergraduate medical education
June 17, 2013 - KevinMD
The American Medical Association (AMA) has awarded $11 million to 11 U.S. medical schools to fund their bold proposals that support a significant redesign of undergraduate medical education...

Funding the Change
June 1, 2013 - American Way Magazine
Dr. Hoven is interviewed on the “Accelerating Change in Medical Education,” a $10 million competitive-grant initiative designed to bridge the gap in how physicians are trained and the ever-evolving health-care system...

Guest column from Dr. Stack: The Slow Crawl Toward Improved EHR Usability and Interoperability
May 30, 2013 - iHealthBeat
Well-developed electronic health records hold the promise of helping health care professionals improve patient care...

Video: Interview with Jeremy Lazarus, AMA President at APA Annual Meeting 2013
May 20, 2013 - WebsEdgeHealth
Dr. Lazarus discusses benefits of the Affordable Care Act and how the AMA and APA work together...

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...

To Improve Health Outcomes, AMA Tackles Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes
April 25, 2013 - The Medicare NewsGroup
The AMA is uniquely positioned to join the efforts currently underway to tackle these diseases and create a healthier America...

AMA Reveals First Step Toward Improving Health Outcomes
April 24, 2013 - Physician’s Briefing
The AMA initiative is one of three parts of the AMA's five-year plan to improve patients' health outcomes as part of optimizing the health of the nation...

AMA Launches Health Outcome Effort
April 23, 2013 - Healthcare Finance News
The AMA is partnering with national programs to concentrate on risk factors and aim for optimal blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels for adults...

AMA Launches Diabetes, Heart Disease Programs
April 22, 2013 - MedPage Today
The AMA will partner with national programs and private organizations in an effort to combat cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes...

AMA Backs Health Outcomes for Diabetes, Hypertension
April 22, 2013 - Forbes.com
The AMA, the nation’s largest doctor group, said it will partner with clinical programs and community groups to achieve measurable improvements in treating heart disease and diabetes...

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act is here: Are you ready?
April 12, 2013 - KevinMD
Dr. Lazarus presents information physicians need to know about the new Physician Payment Sunshine Act...

2013 AMA Letters to the Editor

AMA to the Wall Street Journal: Does Med Ed Need Radical Surgery, and What Kind?
Oct. 1, 2013 - The Wall Street Journal
The American Medical Association agrees that medical education needs to be redesigned to help schools better and more efficiently teach the physicians of tomorrow, and we support flexible, individualized medical school curriculua ...

AMA to the Virginian-Pilot: Story on medical costs ignored details
Aug. 2, 2013 - The Virginian-Pilot
RE: 'The clock keeps ticking, long after the work's done' (front page, July 22): The Pilot did a remarkable disservice to readers by publishing this flawed Washington Post story about an American Medical Association committee's role in making cost recommendations. ...

AMA to the Chicago Tribune: Medical costs
Aug. 1, 2013 - The Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune did a remarkable disservice to readers by publishing a flawed article on an American Medical Association committee's role in providing expert recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ...

Story misrepresents AMA committee's role
July 29, 2013 - The Modesto Bee
The Bee did a remarkable disservice to readers by printing a flawed Washington Post news story on an American Medical Association committee's role in providing expert recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

AMA committee offers recommendations, rather than sets policy
July 26, 2013 - The Washington Post
The Post did a disservice to readers with its front-page report on an American Medical Association committee’s role in providing cost information to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

Paths to reliable medical justice
May 23, 2013 - The New York Times
The legal system’s culture of unrestrained blame and punishment must be reformed because it breeds fear and mistrust that suppresses information. The extra precautionary measures that physicians take to avoid being sued take a heavy financial toll on our health care system...

Medicare concerns about sequestration
March 4, 2013 - The Daily Journal
The cuts to Medicare from sequestration come at an already difficult time for physicians who care for Medicare patients and will cause real pain. Since 2001, Medicare payments for physician services...

Congress must act on Medicare reform
Jan. 26, 2013 - The Baltimore Sun
A recent article highlighted the dysfunction resulting from the broken Medicare physician payment system ("End the 'doc fix' charade, once and for all," Jan. 22)...

Give doctors the tools to fix Medicare
Jan. 26, 2013 - Los Angeles Times
The Times' editorial on the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, underestimates the impact of the board's ability to make indiscriminate cuts to Medicare...

2012 AMA Letters to the Editor

Who Should Provide Our Medical Care?
Dec. 23, 2012 - New York Times
As millions obtain health insurance and can gain access to continuing health care, the American Medical Association supports physician-led health care teams that ensure that...

When Hospitals Buy Doctor Practices
Dec. 3, 2012 - New York Times
Your article illustrated concerns about anticompetitive practices in health care that should be evaluated by the Federal Trade Commission...

AMA program targets adult obesity
Sept. 5, 2012 - Shreveport Times
The AMA is committed to helping physicians improve the health of their patients. In the years ahead, as part of a new strategic direction, the AMA will focus on improving health outcomes...

Health reform still work in progress
Aug. 19, 2012 - Orlando Sentinel
The AMA's support for the federal health reform law reflects our role as a leading voice for covering the uninsured — who live sicker and die younger...

Healthier Steps
Aug. 18, 2012 - St. Louis Post Dispatch
The AMA long has recognized obesity as a major public health concern and is committed to helping physicians help patients to live longer, healthier lives...

AMA Supports Prevention and Wellness Efforts
Aug. 15, 2012 - Chicago Tribune
The American Medical Association strongly supports prevention and wellness efforts to promote a healthy America, including the promotion of physical fitness...

Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen with Health Law
Aug. 10, 2012 - New York Times
The AMA is working to strategically reshape physician education in the United States to bridge the gap between how physicians are currently trained and the future needs of our health care system by accelerating bold innovation in medical education...

Doctor Pay Concerns Everyone Who Needs Health Care
July 25, 2012 - Wall Street Journal
We are working to create a health-care environment in which physicians thrive in sustainable practices, while ensuring optimal outcomes for patients and value for health-care dollars...

AMA Support of ACA
July 6, 2012 - Wall Street Journal
While the law is not perfect, the AMA, the nation’s largest physician organization, supported it because it makes necessary improvements to our health care system...

Don't legislate medicine
May 28, 2012 - USA Today
The AMA opposes legislative and governmental intrusion into the clinical examination room and calls on lawmakers leave determination of what constitutes...

Medicare Pay Board Unnecessary
May 17, 2012 - Detroit News
The AMA is dedicated to stabilizing Medicare, but the IPAB is not the solution. As physicians, we are focusing on new ways to improve care coordination...

Opposing view: Don't bypass physicians
May 7, 2012 - USA Today
The American Medical Association is concerned about patients taking certain drugs without physician involvement — especially patients with chronic diseases...

AMA Supports Training More MDs
April 13, 2012 - New York Times
Contrary to John H. Cochrane's claims in "What to Do on the Day After ObamaCare" (op-ed, April 3), the American Medical Association has been supportive of medical school expansion...

Wrong way to go on Medicare
March 24, 2012 - Washington Post
We are dedicated to stabilizing Medicare, but the IPAB is not the way. Instead of relying on another system that imposes sweeping cuts, members of Congress should focus on new models...

Support for CDC Anti-tobacco Campaign
March 19, 2012 - Denver Post
In keeping with our long-standing commitment to protect the health of the public, the American Medical Association supports the CDC’s groundbreaking anti-tobacco media campaign...

Medicare Should Offer Seniors More Choices
March 1, 2012 - Wall Street Journal
Kimberley Strassel's "The War on Wyden" (Potomac Watch, Feb. 17) notes the need for members of Congress to work together to address problems in Medicare. The fiscal sustainability...

Medicare Doctor Payments
Feb. 29, 2012 - New York Times
We agree that Congress must pass a permanent solution to the broken physician payment problem that plagues Medicare with frequently scheduled cuts, but...

Medicare Payment Formula
Feb. 10, 2012 - New York Times
Congress needs to take the fiscally responsible action: Eliminate the Medicare physician payment formula to ensure access to care for Medicare and Tricare (military) patients and stop...

Military Health Care Payments
Feb. 8, 2012 - Modesto Bee
The column "Will medical providers flee rural areas, seniors?" (Feb. 1, Page A-11) shows seniors are facing health care access problems under Medicare now, but a scheduled cut...

Medicare Costs
Feb. 4, 2012 - Chicago Tribune
We see one viable choice: Use projected money that won't be spent on Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure access to health care for military family and seniors. Otherwise, Congress...

Focus on Medicare Pay Cuts
Jan. 23, 2012 - USA Today
The biggest threat in the health reform arena right now is the failed Medicare physician payment formula. Unless Congress acts soon, physicians who treat Medicare and Tricare...

2011 AMA Letters to the Editor

Claims about AMA were incorrect
Dec.17, 2011 - Seattle Times
The recent letter from Art James is absolutely wrong about the American Medical Association. The AMA is fully committed to educating physicians about appropriate pain management...

Failure to find 'doc fix' already stings
Dec. 5, 2011 - The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette (LA)
As the recent editorial "Find a solution for doc fix" (Dec. 1) points out, the looming 27 percent cut to Medicare physician payments scheduled to occur Jan. 1 will have devastating...

Temporary patches, mounting harm
Dec. 4, 2011 - Akron Beacon Journal
As the Nov. 29 editorial "Medicare challenges" points out, the looming 27 percent cut to Medicare physician payments scheduled to occur on Jan. 1 will have devastating...

Access to Medicare threatened by cut
Nov. 21, 2011 - Florence Morning News
In South Carolina, seniors’ access to health care, and many jobs, will be placed in jeopardy unless Congress acts now to avert a massive Medicare payment cut. On Jan. 1, Medicare...

Cuts threaten health care for seniors and the military
Nov. 8, 2011 - Times Picayune
Thousands of physicians gather this week in New Orleans for the AMA's policy-making meeting. We're here to discuss the future of medicine, and we do so with the fear...

Get tobacco out of baseball
Oct. 21, 2011 - St. Louis Post Dispatch
The American Medical Association (AMA) agrees that the sight of smokeless tobacco use in Major League Baseball sends an unhealthy message to children.

Medical Malpractice Reform
Oct. 15, 2011 - New York Times
The American Medical Association (AMA) appreciates that your Oct. 7 editorial "Not Their Job" acknowledged the need for tort reform and the current medical liability...

Missing the Point
Sept. 30, 2011 - The Florida Times Union
The editorial, "Why primary care is undervalued," missed the real issue: Payments for all physician services in Medicare are so low that they threaten patients' continued access...

Doctor Fees
Sept. 14, 2011 - New York Times
"Doctor Fees Major Factor in Health Costs, Study Says" (news article, Sept. 8) cites a study that draws a questionable conclusion about health care spending in our nation.

Repeal health board
Aug. 28, 2011 - Journal Star
Jodi Chewakin's column ("Health reform has serious problems," Aug. 25) included important points about the new Independent Payment Advisory Board...

Doctors’ liability affects access to care
Aug. 28, 2011 - Columbus Dispatch
The latest study of physicians’ experiences with medical-liability claims paints a bleak picture and bolsters the case for national and state-level reform to rein in a broken...

Meritless lawsuits
Aug. 24, 2011 - Cleveland Plain Dealer
The latest study of physicians' experiences with medical liability claims paints a bleak picture and bolsters the case for national- and state-level reform to rein in a broken legal system...

Medical liability
Aug. 23, 2011 - Journal Sentinel
The latest study of physicians' experiences with medical liability claims paints a bleak picture and bolsters the case for national and state level reform to rein in a broken legal system...

The case for medical liability reform
Aug. 18, 2011 - Northjersey.com
The latest study of physicians' experiences with medical liability claims paints a bleak picture and bolsters the case for national and state level reform to rein in a broken legal system...

Medicare is not working
Aug. 14, 2011 - New Hampshire Sentinel Source
In his recent column ("Some Controls Needed," Sentinel, Aug. 8), Mr. Madsen is correct that we must bend the health care cost curve while maintaining high quality care...

Medicare work remains
Aug. 11, 2011 - Centre Daily Times
In his recent column, "Experts will make the tough decisions Congress avoids," Wayne Madsen is correct that we must bend the health care cost curve while maintaining...

Healthier childrens menus
July 17, 2011 - Seattle Times
The American Medical Association (AMA) encourages healthy eating behaviors in children through corporate social responsibility, and has long recognized obesity...

Taking preventable steps
July 10, 2011 - The Seattle Times
The American Medical Association (AMA) has long recognized obesity as a major public-health concern, and taking steps to reduce the rate of obesity...

Nation needs to renew focus on curbing obesity
July 9, 2011 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Alarming new statistics show far too many Americans are obese. Recently released data show that more than 30 percent of Georgians are obese...

Letter unfairly criticized AMA
July 8, 2011 - Columbian
As president of the American Medical Association, I’d like to respond to Ricky Lee Jackson’s July 3 letter, "Medical group’s arrogance apparent," which confuses personal opinion...

AMA has supported health reform law
July 5, 2011 - The Daily Herald
A recent letter to the editor ("Time of good sense and judgment," June 29) was wrong about the American Medical Association’s position on the Affordable Care Act...

A Shortage of Doctors
June 30, 2011 - New York Times
"Administration Halts Survey of Arranging Doctor Visits" (news article, June 29) outlines what we already know to be true: the United States faces a shortage of physicians...

AMA views health care act as a work in progress
June 15, 2011 - Cape Cod Times
The American Medical Association supported the Affordable Care Act because the bill reflected key priorities set by the AMA's House of Delegates, including expanded...