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AMA in the Media


2015 AMA in the Media

With #FixEHR, AMA fine-tunes its Meaningful Use reboot strategy
July 23, 2015 – Fierce EMR
The American Medical Association (AMA) has kicked its fight against poorly operating electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program up a notch, in a rather novel way. Increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--even after creating its own usability framework and blueprint to improve the Meaningful Use Program and increasingly more blunt language to the feds--the AMA has launched a new effort to attempt to effect change…

Physicians Voice Dissatisfaction with EHRs at AMA Town Hall
July 21, 2015 – Health Data Management
At a town hall meeting last night in Atlanta hosted by the American Medical Association, physicians expressed widespread discontent with electronic health records and the federal government's Meaningful Use program. As the nation's largest physician organization, AMA held the meeting to give voice to provider dissatisfaction with EHRs and to encourage doctors  to share their experiences with EHR technology. A parade of physicians told the group their horror stories with EHR implementation…

AMA: Independent practice alive and well
July 14, 2015 – Fierce Practice Management
While some recent headlines may give the impression that physicians are making a mad dash away from private practice toward employment, new research from the American Medical Association (AMA) reveals that the shift may be far less dramatic. "These data show that the majority (60.7 percent) of physicians were in small practices of 10 or fewer physicians, and that practice size changed very little between 2012 and 2014 in the face of profound structural reforms to healthcare delivery," said AMA President-elect Andrew W. Gurman, M.D…

AMA, White House Boost Chronic Disease Management Efforts
July 13, 2015 – HealthITAnalytics
As the White House Conference on Aging gets underway, the American Medical Association (AMA) is helping to promote major efforts to improve chronic disease management for the millions of Americans living with costly conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, and hypertension. After announcing a diabetes management and prevention collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March, the AMA is hoping to promote its chronic disease management toolkits to providers who care for the large numbers of patients who may be unaware that they are at risk for – or already living with – long-term diseases…

Fee schedule update includes advance care planning, PQRS changes
July 9, 2015 – Ob Gyn. News
Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, president-elect of the American Medical Association, said the proposed rule affirms the need to support conversations between doctors and patients about end-of-life wishes before critical medical events occur. The AMA Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel and the AMA Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) created the new CPT codes and recommended the associated payments for calendar year 2015. "This is a patient-centered policy intended to support a careful planning process that is assisted by a physician or other qualified health care professional," Dr. Gurman said…

AMA president-elect discusses financial, technological pressures facing doctors
July 9, 2015 – HealthLink On Air
Preserving the doctor-patient relationship amid a tidal wave of technological changes and economic pressures is a top concern of the new president-elect of the American Medical Association. Andrew Gurman, MD, a graduate of Upstate Medical University who is now a hand surgeon in Pennsylvania, also talks about ways to keep costs and fees reasonable for patients, doctors and medical students and examines trends toward team-based medical care…

6 in 10 Physicians Work in Small Practices
July 9, 2015 – HealthLeaders
More than 60% of physicians work in practices with 10 physicians or fewer, and that practice size didn't change much between 2012 and 2014, the American Medical Association says in a new study. "These data show that the majority (60.7%) of physicians were in small practices of 10 or fewer physicians, and that practice size changed very little between 2012 and 2014 in the face of profound structural reforms to healthcare delivery," AMA President-elect Andrew W. Gurman, MD, said…

End-of-Life Planning Would Be Covered in Medicare Proposal
July 8, 2015 – Bloomberg
"Conversations among physicians, patients, and loved ones is the standard of care," Wayne J. Riley, president of the American College of Physicians, which represents internists, said in an e-mail. He said the group is pleased that Medicare "has recognized what the medical community is doing to address the needs and requests made by patients and their loved ones." The college was among health-care groups including the American Medical Association that were pushing for Medicare to pay for the planning. "This is a patient-centered policy intended to support a careful planning process that is assisted by a physician or other qualified health care professional," Andrew Gurman, president-elect of the AMA, said in a statement…

CMS, AMA Announce ICD-10 Deal to Avoid Financial Disruption
July 6, 2015 – RevCycle Intelligence
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Centers (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) announce their collective agreement today on ICD-10 efforts. The primary objective from both organizations is to circumvent possible upcoming financial disruptions following the upcoming October 1 ICD-10 implementation deadline during a time of pronounced change within the healthcare industry. According to the collective announcement, once September has ended, Medicare claims processing systems will lack the ability to accept ICD-9 codes for dates of services…

CMS pledges flexibility during first year of ICD-10
July 6, 2015 – Ob Gyn. News
Physicians will have a year to learn how to properly code under ICD-10 before facing potential penalties or withheld payments, according to a joint announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the American Medical Association. During that first year using the new coding system, Medicare will not deny claims based solely on the specificity of diagnosis codes, provided they are in the appropriate family of ICD-10 codes…

White House eases up on new medical code
July 6, 2015 – The Hill
In a move aimed at addressing some of these concerns, the administration's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced on Monday that for 12 months, Medicare claims will not be denied because doctors used the wrong code, as long as the code is in the correct broad category. CMS is also teaming up with the American Medical Association to provide webinars, on-site training and other tools to teach doctors about the new codes. It is setting up an ombudsman to deal with concerns. "We appreciate that CMS is adopting policies to ease the transition to ICD-10 in response to  physicians' concerns…

Personnel File local hires and promotions: Week of July 6
July 6, 2015 – Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky Medical Association board member Dr. Bruce Scott of Louisville has been elected vice speaker of the AMA. Scott also serves on the KMA Long Range Planning Committee and is immediate past president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. Dr. Glenn Loomis, president and chief executive officer at St. Elizabeth Physicians in Northern Kentucky, has been reappointed to the AMA's Council on Long Range Planning and Development. Patrick Padgett, executive vice president of the Kentucky Medical Association in Louisville, has been elected chair of the Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies…

AMA urges physicians to 'Break the Red Tape'
July 2, 2015 – Clinical Innovation + Technology
The American Medical Association (AMA) held a town hall meeting that aimed to gather physician feedback on why the Meaningful Use program should be postponed. Calling the effort Break the Red Tape, the organization asked physicians to offer their feedback and experiences with EHRs at the event in Atlanta on Monday, July 20. The U.S. healthcare system is "on the path to unmeaningful and useless products," said Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.). He said that clinicians' stories about their EHR experience will impress upon policymakers and the administration the need to "move in a much better direction. Time is running very, very short."…

For med school students, these may well be the best of times
June 30, 2015 – Radiology Business Times
All this and the American Medical Association's Creating the Medical School of the Future  too. It's almost enough to send a (ahem) seasoned healthcare reporter back to school to get with the times…

SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare, Leaders React
June 26, 2015 – HealthLeaders
American Medical Association President Steven J. Stack, MD, said in prepared remarks that "physicians know that the uninsured live sicker and die younger, so the AMA has been a leading voice in support of expanding health insurance access to ensure patients can get the care they require. The subsidies upheld today help patients afford health insurance so they can see a doctor when they need one and not have to wait until a small health problem becomes a crisis…

Hospitals Rally as Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies
June 25, 2015 – Bloomberg
Medical trade associations praised the ruling, with Steven Stack, president of the American Medical Association, saying the doctors' group is relieved. The Federation of American Hospitals, which represents investor-owned facilities, called the ruling welcome news…

Obamacare ruling met with joy and disappointment
June 25, 2015 – CNBC News
Dan Durham, interim CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group, said, "With the certainty provided by the Supreme Court's decision, now is the time to focus on what matters most to consumers: ensuring access to affordable coverage and high-quality health care. Health plans will continue to lead in advancing this goal." The decision also was lauded by a slew of health advocacy and doctors' groups, including the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association…

Obamacare subsidies stay, to relief of consumers, insurers, other businesses
June 25, 2015 – USA Today
Officials at Land of Lincoln Health, a non-profit health insurance co-op in Illinois, lauded the decision, saying, "this ruling may prevent some families from having to make the intolerable decision between medical care or food and shelter." American Medical Association President Steven Stack echoed that sentiment. "These subsidies upheld today help patients afford insurance so they can see a doctor when they need one and not have to wait until a small health problem becomes a crisis," he said…

Obamacare subsidies stay, to relief of consumers, insurers, other businesses
June 25, 2015 – USA Today
Officials at Land of Lincoln Health, a non-profit health insurance co-op in Illinois, lauded the decision, saying, "this ruling may prevent some families from having to make the intolerable decision between medical care or food and shelter." American Medical Association President Steven Stack echoed that sentiment. "These subsidies upheld today help patients afford insurance so they can see a doctor when they need one and not have to wait until a small health problem becomes a crisis," he said…

To improve hospital-physician relationships, involve docs in decision-making
June 23, 2015 – Fierce Healthcare
Healthcare leaders who want support from their physicians must step up efforts to involve them in key decisions, according to an opinion piece in Forbes. "No longer can administrators rely on support for decisions in which the physicians had no real input," wrote Josh Weisbrod and Tim van Biesen, New York-based partners in the business consulting firm Bain & Company's healthcare practice. The piece follows the recent publication of the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association's guiding principles to help balance clinical and business concerns…

When Should Surgeons Stop Operating?
June 18, 2015 – NPR
This month the American Medical Association took a step toward changing that, moving to convene a group of physician members to come up with guidelines for assessing the skills and abilities of late-career doctors. (No word yet on who would be charged with conducting such assessments of competency.) One of every four licensed U.S. doctors is older than 65, with two-fifths of them actively practicing…

Why EHR Systems Use Should be Part of Medical School Education
June 10, 2015 – EHR Intelligence
With the wide range of healthcare reforms, new health IT implementations, mobile health growth, and ongoing federal policy changes, the medical sphere can be daunting when entering the field as a young physician or nurse. Today, there is much more to learn before a student enters the workforce and the American Medical Association (AMA) is currently supporting the need for medical students to learn how to utilize EHR systems while still in school…

New AMA President Describes Pressures Faced by Physicians
June 10, 2015 – Hospitals and Health Networks
Newly inaugurated American Medical Association President Steven Stack outlines the pressures faced by physicians regarding long work hours and added regulatory requirements concerning meaningful use, ICD-10 and other quality programs…

Second Lexington doctor now president of the American Medical Association
June 10, 2015 – Lexington Herald-Leader
Dr. Steven J. Stack, an emergency physician, has become the second Lexington doctor in three years to become president of the American Medical Association. According to the AMA website, Stack was elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2006, he was the first board-certified emergency physician to serve as an AMA board member. He works at St. Joseph East and St. Joseph, Mount Sterling, both part of KentuckyOne Health. He has also served as medical director…

American Medical Association Calls for Fracking Disclosure
June 10, 2015 - Politico
American Medical Association has voted to adopt a new policy calling for the disclosure of the chemicals used during fracking. "Most states do not require drilling companies to publically disclose what chemicals are injected into the ground during hydraulic fracturing, AMA Board Member David Barbe said in a statement. "The new AMA policy supports disclosure requirements to monitor any environmental exposure to fracking chemicals…

AMA Adopts Health IT-Related Policies at Annual Meeting
June 9, 2015 – iHealthBeat
On Monday, the American Medical Association adopted several health IT-related policies at its annual meeting. During the meeting, AMA adopted a policy to provide medical students with "hands-on" experience and training for electronic health records, Health Data Management reports. According to Health Data Management, the new policy suggests that medical students learn, under close supervision, how to use EHRs to…

AMA launches physician practice tool: 16 improvement modules
June 9, 2015 – Becker's Hospital Review
There are countless frustrations and bureaucratic hurdles that stand in the way of physicians spending time with their patients and experiencing job fulfillment, but the American Medical Association has launched a new tool to help physicians minimize stress and overcome barriers to providing quality care…

American Medical Association Adopts Concussion Policy for Young Athletes
June 9, 2015 – TIME Magazine
The American Medical Association voted Tuesday to adopt new policies aimed at protecting young athletes from concussions, amid nationwide concerns that football head injuries may cause long-term health consequences. The policy recommends requiring young athletes who are suspected of having a concussion to be quickly removed from a game, the group said in a statement, and allowed to return only with a physician's written consent…

Video: New AMA president on reform after King v. Burwell, criticism of federal IT policies
June 9, 2015 – Modern Healthcare
The American Medical Association inaugurated Dr. Steven Stack as president on June 9, making the 43-year-old emergency physician the youngest leader in the AMA's history. Stack addresses how the AMA would respond if the Obama administration loses the King v. Burwell case pending before the Supreme Court and explains why the AMA says the government should put the brakes on its EHR requirements…

Doctors: No reason to bar transgender people from the military
June 9, 2015 – The Washington Post
The American Medical Association on Monday issued a statement calling the U.S. military's ban on open transgender service "outdated" and asserting there was "no medically valid reason" to bar transgender people from the military. The strong statement adds an authoritative voice to the chorus questioning the military's policy of dismissing service members found to be transgender…

What Doctors Say About Transgender Troops
June 9, 2015 – The New York Times
The American Medical Association on Monday challenged the military's policy barring transgender troops, stating  in a resolution that there is "no medically valid reason" to disqualify them from serving. The association urged the Defense Department to offer medical care to transgender troops consistent with the type of treatment that is readily available to civilians. While the Defense Department's health care regulations are designed to "maintain and restore health," the statement notes that military doctors are now barred from providing…

American Medical Association Adopts Youth Sports Concussion Policy
June 9, 2015 – Reuters
The American Medical Association, responding to rising concern about concussions in youth sports like soccer and football, on Tuesday adopted policies intended to lower the risk of these brain injuries and called for prompt diagnosis and medical care. The influential doctors' group recommended that young athletes suspected of having a concussion be removed immediately from a game and permitted to return only with a doctor's written approval. There has been increasing concern about concussions in sports…

AMA launches online tool to help address physician burnout
June 8, 2015 – Frontline Medical News
The American Medical Association has launched an interactive tool to help physicians deal with burnout. Dr. Steven Stack, who takes over as AMA president on June 9, said the organization wants "to the restore the joy to the practice of medicine. I think physicians feel besieged right now by an overburdened regulatory environment, too much paperwork, too much time doing clerical tasks that support the provision of care, and too little time actually interacting with patients."…

Resident Burnout a Key Concern for American Medical Association
June 8, 2015 – Hospitals and Health Networks
Outgoing AMA President Robert Wah, M.D., told the same room full of medical students Friday that addressing physician well-being is a top priority for the nation's largest association of docs. "Healthy physicians are critical to the healthy provision of care and we should never lose sight of that. The exhilaration you felt when you graduated from medical school was pretty tremendous. It was for me," Wah said…

The First Out Transgender Active Duty U.S. Army Officer: "My Story Is Not Unique"
June 8, 2015 – BuzzFeed
To that end, Henry submitted a statement to the American Medical Association this weekend, asking the association to take a stand in support of trans troops. The resolution that was under consideration asked the AMA to affirm that there is no medically valid reason that transgender individuals cannot serve. "Delaying adoption of this policy," she said in her statement, "will only serve to further harm those of us who actively serve our country in silence every day. We simply cannot wait." On Monday afternoon, the organization took her advice…

Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting
June 8, 2015 – Associated Press
With one out of four U.S. doctors older than 65, the American Medical Association adopted a plan Monday to help decide when it's time for aging senior physicians to hang up the stethoscope. The nation's largest organization of doctors agreed to spearhead an effort to create competency guidelines for assessing whether older physicians remain able to provide safe and effective care for patients…

Robert Wah: Meeting health IT challenges today 'means a better tomorrow'
June 8, 2015 – Fierce Health IT
Daily tasks can cloud visions of the future for healthcare technology, but "meeting the challenges today means a better tomorrow," outgoing American Medical Association President Robert Wah, M.D., said in a speech this weekend at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago. Where healthcare is going, it doesn't "need roads," Wah said…

AMA Offers Guidance for Physician-Hospital Relationships
June 8, 2015 – HealthDay News
New guidelines can enable successful physician hospital relationships and integrated leadership, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA). New guidelines have been released that can help physicians bring clinical skills and business insights together at the level of leadership in order to promote improved decision-making at hospitals and in the health care system. Six principles are described for integrated leadership between hospitals and physicians. These include having physicians and hospital leaders who are united…

Trust the Glue that Holds Doc, Hospital Leaders Together, say AMA and AHA
June 3, 2015 – Hospitals and Health Networks
Leadership from both sides of the aisle is essential to thriving in a value-based world, but what are the key elements required for both to lead in an integrated hospital system? Two of the oldest and most well-known professional organizations in health care are answering that question with a report issued this morning. Integrated Leadership for Hospitals and Health Systems: Principles for Success is the result of two years of work between the American Hospital Association and American Medical Association…

AHA and AMA outline guiding principles on integrated leadership
June 3, 2015 – Becker's Hospital Review
The American Medical Association and American Hospital Association today released a new set of guiding principles for bringing clinical skills and business insights together at the leadership level to promote more collaborative and cohesive decision-making at healthcare organizations. The list of principles, called, "Integrated Leadership for Hospitals and Health Systems: Principles for Success," provides a guiding framework for physicians and hospitals…

Incoming AMA leader sees hope in future of medicine
May 26, 2015 – The Florida Times-Union
During a recent interview with the Times-Union editorial board, Stack, a Lexington, Ky.-based emergency room physician, was refreshingly direct and blunt. Speaking without notes but with ample doses of straightforward language and humor, Stack adeptly addressed the challenges facing the medical profession. “I have to come down on the side of hope because despondency and despair are utterly unfulfilling,” Stack quipped when asked if he was optimistic that progress can be made on the numerous issues that physicians face today. Some of those issues threaten to make doctors become disenchanted with the profession…

FDA announces plan to end nationwide ban on gay blood donation
May 13, 2015 – Associated Press
Many medical groups, including the American Medical Association, have previously said that the lifetime ban is no longer supported by science, given advances in HIV testing. In 2006 the Red Cross, the American Association of Blood Banks, and America's Blood Centers called the ban "medically and scientifically unwarranted."…

FDA proposes ending ban on blood donations by men who had sex with men
May 12, 2015 – Al Jazeera America
The President of the American Medical Association, Dr. Robert Wah, reacted to the move in statement, saying it was a “step in the right direction. The AMA fully supports and has been a strong advocate for eliminating these current public policies as we believe that the latest scientific evidence should dictate blood and tissue donation deferral periods to ensure the safety of the national blood supply," Wah said…

FDA Ready to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men
May 12, 2015 – U.S. News & World Report
Dr. Robert Wah, president of the American Medical Association, said Tuesday that his group "commends the FDA for taking a step in the right direction to end the lifetime ban that prohibits men who have had sex with men from ever donating blood. The AMA fully supports and has been a strong advocate for eliminating these current public policies as we believe that the latest scientific evidence should dictate blood and tissue donation deferral periods to ensure the safety of the national blood supply. The AMA's policy supports using scientifically-based deferral periods that are consistently and fairly applied to donors based on their risk level," he said…

FDA Recommends Lifting Lifetime Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood
May 12, 2015 – The Huffington Post
Robert M. Wah, president of the American Medical Association, commended the FDA for "taking a step in the right direction to end the lifetime ban that prohibits men who have had sex with men (MSM) from ever donating blood. The AMA fully supports and has been a strong advocate for eliminating these current public policies as we believe that the latest scientific evidence should dictate blood and tissue donation deferral periods to ensure the safety of the national blood supply," Wah said in a statement…

FDA publishes draft of rules allowing gay men to give blood
May 12, 2015 – The Washington Post
Gay rights groups argued that the one-year ban would still unfairly exclude any gay man who regularly has sex. “While the new policy is a step in the right direction toward an ideal policy that reflects the best scientific research, it still falls far short of a fully acceptable solution because it continues to stigmatize gay and bisexual men,” David Stacy of the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. The American Medical Association, however, quickly expressed support for the FDA’s proposal, calling it “a step in the right direction.”…

FDA proposes letting gay men donate blood, with some caveats
May 12, 2015 – Los Angeles Times
Last year, a panel of independent experts concluded that imposing a yearlong waiting period would not endanger the safety of the nation’s supply of donated blood. The American Medical Assn. also voted last year to oppose the ban, calling it “discriminatory and not based on sound science." The three groups that supply nearly all of the nation’s blood — the American Red Cross, AABB and America’s Blood Centers — have opposed the ban for years…

3-Year Curriculum: The Cure for Med-Ed's Ills?
May 3, 2015 – MedPage Today
To "close the gaps" between the way physicians are currently trained and how healthcare is delivered, the American Medical Association has given $11 million to 11 medical schools to test out some new paradigms. In mid-April the AMA hosted a conference at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland for the 11 schools in its consortium, called Accelerating Change in Medical Education. "We've been getting together every 6 months to share problem solving," said Susan Skochelak, MD, the AMA's vice president of medical education…

CMS releases Medicare Part D data
May 1, 2015 – Nephrology News
The American Medical Association expressed some concern that the pharmaceutical cost information does not include manufacturer coupons or rebates or variations in price by region. The data also does not include information linking treatment to the quality of care provided. The association also pointed out that CMS did not include treatments paid for by private insurance plans, for patients not covered under Medicare Part D, which provides a limited view of the patients a physician cares for. The data are also not risk adjusted and fail to take into account patients’ health and socioeconomic status as well as medication adherence. “The American Medical Association is committed to transparency and the availability of reliable information for patients to make informed decisions about their medical care," Robert M. Wah, MD, president…

Medicare Itemizes Its $103 Billion Drug Bill
April 30, 2015 – Kaiser Health News
The American Medical Association also cautioned that the data could be misinterpreted. “The data does not account for varying strengths or dosage levels of the medications or varying patient needs,” the association said in a written statement. “For example, a physician could prescribe a low dose of a medication and at a later time need to prescribe another, stronger dosage for the same patient if the low dose isn’t meeting their need or if the patient has an adverse react.”…

Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing
April 30, 2015 – Associated Press
The Part D database identifies doctors by name, allowing searches of what they prescribe. But the Medicare agency cautioned against drawing too many conclusions from such individual data, noting that sometimes a large practice's prescriptions are recorded under one partner's name. The American Medical Association echoed those cautions. "We are also troubled by the lack of context provided with the data that could help explain physician prescribing practices and pharmacy filling practices before conclusions are drawn," AMA President Dr. Robert M. Wah said…

Medicare Releases Detailed Data on Prescription Drug Spending
April 30, 2015 – The New York Times
Some experts and organizations, including the American Medical Association, have cautioned against drawing too many conclusions about high-prescribing physicians, noting that the data does not include information about patients’ medical conditions. “You don’t know anything about those people, and I think that’s an important missing link,” said Juliette Cubanski, associate director of the Program on Medicare Policy at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation…

Medicare Reform Paves Way for Better Health Care
April 28, 2015 – The Huffington Post
On April 14, history was made. America's physicians commend members of Congress for coming together in a bipartisan, bicameral way to pass long-overdue, monumental Medicare reforms to end the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment policy and create a framework for a more stable and sustainable Medicare program. Medicare reform is just the beginning, but it gives us a strong and bold roadmap for transitioning to new models of care that are patient-focused, improve quality and will reduce overall costs…

Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century
April 09, 2015 – NPR/Kaiser Health News
Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training hasn't — until now. Spurred by the need to train a different type of doctor, some top medical schools around the U.S. are tearing up the textbooks and starting from scratch…Dr. Susan Skochelak, a vice president with the American Medical Association, is in charge of an AMA project that is funding changes at 11 schools around the country. She says the new teaching focus on the health care system has had an added benefit: Faculty members are learning right along with the students about some of the absurdities…

Senate to Take Up historic Medicare Bill After Recess
March 27, 2015 – Los Angeles Times
Major medical groups, who have been pushing for a deal for years, called on senators Friday not to delay any further. “We urge the Senate to immediately address this issue upon their return and, once and for all, lay this destructive issue to rest by building the stable and sustainable Medicare program that our nation’s patients and physicians need and deserve,” said Dr. Robert M. Wah…

House Passes Bipartisan ‘Doc-Fix’ Medicare Bill
March 26, 2015 – USA Today
The head of the American Medical Association urged the Senate to pass the bill before senators leave for a two-week recess that begins Saturday. "The Senate must act ... to stop a looming 21% cut in Medicare reimbursements that will force reductions in access to health care for America's seniors, military personnel and their families," said Robert Wah, a doctor and president of the group . "The time is now to finally lay this destructive issue to rest and act immediately to build a stable and sustainable Medicare program that our nation's patients and physicians need and deserve."…

Potent Groups Take Sides on Bipartisan House Medicare Plan
March 21, 2015 – Associated Press
Also voicing support was Robert Wah, president of the American Medical Association, who said it was time for Congress "to seize the moment and finally put in place reforms" that would end the constant threatened cuts and strengthen Medicare…

Doctors Require Assistance Leaving Fee-For-Service, Study Says
March 19, 2015 – Forbes
A study by the RAND Corp. and the American Medical Association indicates physicians are increasingly being paid via alternative models designed to reduce costs and improve quality. However, doctors lack management expertise, capital for information systems, the ability to evaluate and gather data and don’t have access to accurate price information for certain services and commodities like specialty drugs…

U.S. Doctors, CDC Join Forces in New Diabetes Prevention Effort
March 12, 2015 – U.S. News & World Report
More than 86 million Americans are living with prediabetes, the precursor to type 2 diabetes, but nearly 90 percent don't know it, the CDC said. "That's one in every three people. This isn't just a concern -- it's a crisis," AMA President Dr. Robert Wah said…

Docs Don’t Need Fixing-Medicare Does
Feb. 24, 2015 – Forbes
The American people sent a message loud and clear in last year’s elections: it’s time for change. Now that the dust has settled and the House and Senate are back to work again, physicians are calling on policymakers to listen to the American public’s call to end the Washington game of brinksmanship, and one way to do that is to finally pass Medicare reform…

Video: How to Fix Medical Education
Feb. 17, 2015 – The Wall Street Journal
What should be done to improve the way we teach and train doctors? Don’t miss this interactive video interview with a group of experts, as part of a special report on health care in The Wall Street Journal.
Video Panelists Include:
Marc Triola: Associate Dean for Educational Informatics, NYU School of Medicine
Susan Skochelak: Group Vice President, Medical Education, American Medical Association …

Matter Healthtech Incubator Officially Opens to Crowd of More Than 150
Feb. 13, 2015 – Chicago Tribune
More than 150 people attended Friday’s event, and speakers included Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner, Sen. Dick Durbin and healthcare-industry leaders such as Marathon Pharmaceuticals’ Jeff Aronin and Horizon Pharma’s Timothy Walbert. American Medical Association CEO James Madara also spoke…

How the AMA and Matter plan to build the doctor's office of the future
Feb. 4, 2015 – Chicago Tribune
The 168-year old American Medical Association has teamed up with the days-old Matter healthtech incubator to build the “physician office of the future.” The organizations announced Wednesday morning a new partnership and facility that will gather entrepreneurs, physicians, healthcare professionals and industry experts to collaborate and test new technologies, services and products. Architecture and design firm HDR will design the 450-square-foot AMA Interaction Studio inside Matter’s Merchandise Mart space…

AMA, health-tech hub Matter team up to bolster care
Feb. 4, 2015 – Crain's Chicago Business
Pairing physicians with tech-savvy entrepreneurs could lead to solutions for daily obstacles, such as clunky electronic medical records, AMA CEO James Madara said. They also could come up with ways to help patients prepare better for doctors' appointments, such as having blood work done ahead of time, he said. "Health care is in a state of enormous flux right now," Dr. Madara said. "Many areas of the industry are thinking about new innovations."…

CMS Mulls Easing Meaningful Use Rules
Jan. 30, 2015 – Medpage Today
The American Medical Association (AMA) said in a statement that it was pleased with the CMS proposal. "We are eager to see the proposed rule as we have been working with CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) offering solutions to improve the incentive program for quite some time," said AMA president-elect Steven Stack, MD. "EHRs are intended to help physicians improve care for their patients but, unfortunately, today's EHR certification standards and the stringent requirements of the Meaningful Use program do not support that goal and decrease efficiency."…

Feds to ease up on electronic health records program
Jan. 29, 2015 – The Hill
AMA President-Elect Steven J. Stack praised the announcement in a statement. "EHRs are intended to help physicians improve care for their patients, but unfortunately, today's EHR certification standards and the stringent requirements of the Meaningful Use program do not support that goal and decrease efficiency," Stack said…

The Obama Administration Wants to Dramatically Change How Doctors are Paid
Jan. 26, 2015 – The Washington Post
Robert Wah, president of the American Medical Association, said members of the country's largest doctor's group were "encouraged" by Medicare's efforts to reform how care is delivered, as they’ve become increasingly concerned by bureaucratic requirements…

Gov’t to Overhaul Medicare Payments to Doctors, Hospitals
Jan. 26, 2015 – Associated Press
Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system. The shift won immediate support from insurers and the American Hospital Association. The professional group representing primary care doctors also said it's "on board." But American Medical Association president Robert Wah stopped short of an endorsement, telling reporters his group is encouraged but wants specifics…

2014 AMA in the Media

Top Health IT Stories of 2014
Dec. 30, 2014 - HealthData Management
CMS announced that more than 257,000 eligible professionals will face Medicare payment penalties in 2015 for failing to demonstrate MU in previous years. In response, the American Medical Association said that it was "appalled." AMA president-elect Steven Stack, M.D., commented that the number released by CMS is "even worse than we anticipated" and that in light of the "dismal number of eligible professionals meeting Meaningful Use" the program needs to be fixed...

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....

AMA Calls for Massive Overhaul of RAC Program
Dec. 8, 2014 – RevCycle Intelligence
With healthcare evolving, the rules and regulations that govern practices need to follow suit. Failure to do this creates problems that make operations more complex and do not align with more modern approaches. One such system is the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program, which the American Medical Association (AMA) has just called to be overhauled…

Video Visits Blocked Despite Doctor Shortage
Dec. 7, 2014 – USA Today
Videoconferencing doctors from other areas could help solve the problem of hospital closings and doctor shortages that hit heavily rural states, but proponents say states move too slowly in allowing it. This practice of telemedicine has been caught in a conflict between insurers, doctors and officials reluctant to allow physicians who haven't seen a patient in person — and may never follow up — prescribe drugs or treatment…

Social Determinants of Health to be Taught in Med School
Dec. 5, 2014 – Health Day
A new policy implemented by the American Medical Association (AMA) supports integrating more training on the social determinants of health into undergraduate medical education, according to a report published by the AMA…

Low-Income Diabetes Patients to Benefit from New Program at GFMC
Nov. 26, 2014 – Greenville News
Greenville Free Medical Clinic has been chosen to participate in a new program that aims to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in low-income patients. The clinic is one of seven free and charitable clinics nationwide participating in the Transforming Prediabetes Care Initiative, a collaboration by AmeriCares and the American Medical Association (AMA)…

VIDEO: AMA president talks meaningful use, ICD-10, and Ebola
Nov. 25, 2014 – Clinical Endocrinology News
The recent deadline extensions for meaningful use attestation are encouraging, but not enough. The process must be more user-friendly and clinically meaningful. That's according to Dr. Robert Wah, president of the American Medical Association. Dr. Wah discussed the AMA's concerns about meaningful use and health information technology in a video interview – including whether there is enough of a focus on interoperability of electronic health records…

AMA Urges Stronger Health Privacy Policies
Nov. 20, 2014 – Health IT Outcomes
The American Medical Association has adopted a new policy urging health insurance companies to strengthen their healthcare privacy policies to keep sensitive medical information from breaching the confidential patient-doctor relationship…

AMA Pushes Lame Duck Congress for SGR Repeal
Nov. 19, 2014 – HealthLeaders Media
Undeterred by the results of the midterm elections, the American Medical Association is urging states that have rejected Medicaid expansion programs "to develop expansion waivers that help increase coverage options for their low income adult residents." …

Big Changes in Store When Insurance Shoppers log in
Nov. 17, 2014 – USA Today
The American Medical Association voted Nov. 10 to push state and federal regulators to better monitor and enforce standards requiring adequate networks of doctors and hospitals in plans and to seek financial help for patients who need out of network health care…

Halt MU2 Penalties in 2015, AMA says
Nov. 13, 2014 – Medical Economics
The majority of physicians could face penalties next year for not meeting meaningful use 2 (MU2) requirements for electronic health records (EHRs), and the American Medical Association (AMA) says those penalties should be removed…

AMA Teams up with i-Human to Boost Medical Education
Nov. 13, 2014 – MedCity News
The American Medical Association is partnering with i-Human Patients as part of an effort to improve and digitize teaching medical students, aiming to improve outcomes in the long term. As part of the collaboration, i-Human, a Silicon Valley-based developer of cloud software for medical education, will partner with nine expert medical educators from around the country to determine the most effective educational tools…

AMA backs Compact for Multistate Licensure to Ease use of Telemedicine
Nov. 12, 2014 – Fierce Health IT
The American Medical Association this week pledged its support for a compact developed by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to make it easier for physicians to obtain licenses in multiple states. The action, taken at its 2014 AMA Interim Meeting, comes amid a rising tide for telemedicine as a means to provide care remotely to rural areas and regions with a shortage of doctors…

AMA Adopts Policies on EHR Penalties, Interstate Licensure
Nov. 11, 2014 – iHealthBeat
AMA President-elect Steven Stack said, "The whole point of the meaningful use incentive program was to allow for the secure exchange of information across settings and providers, and right now that type of sharing and coordination is not happening on a wide scale for reasons outside physicians' control." In addition to calling for increased interoperability, AMA also recommended that policymakers ease regulations that will allow EHRs to become more user-friendly…

AMA's Robert Wah channels Yoda on HIT's future
Nov. 10, 2014 – Fierce Health IT
While American Medical Association President Robert Wah referred to "Star Trek" in his inaugural address in June, he called upon the spirit of "Star Wars" in his address to the House of Delegates at the AMA Interim Meeting last week in Dallas. More precisely, the edict from Master Yoda: "Do. Or do not. There is no try." One thing the industry must do, not try, is to end the sustainable growth rate, Wah said…

Michigan Among Least Competitive for Commercial Health Insurance
Nov. 7, 2014 – Grand Rapids Business Journal
Dr. Robert M. Wah, president of AMA, said the organization is concerned that a single health provider held at least 50 percent market share of the commercial health insurance market in 41 percent of metropolitan areas throughout the country. "The dominant market power of big health insurers increases the risk of anti-competitive behavior that harms patients and physicians, and presents a significant barrier to the market success of smaller insurance rivals," said Wah in a written statement…

The Transformation of Med Ed
Nov. 6, 2014 – Nashville Medical News
A little more than a year ago, the American Medical Association announced $11 million in grants to 11 academic medical centers to fundamentally change the way physicians are educated and trained. "There has been a universal call to transform the teaching of medicine to shift the focus of education toward real-world practice and competency assessment, which is why the AMA launched the Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative," AMA President Robert M. Wah said..

Medical Groups, Area YMCA Collaborate to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Nov. 6, 2014 – Nashville Medical News
This fall, the American Medical Association, along with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the Tennessee Medical Association and the Tennessee Nurses Association, held a summit for area physicians, nurses and other medical professionals to learn about new resources for preventing type 2 diabetes and introduce a new diabetes prevention program…

Was the U.S. Health Care System Prepared to Handle Ebola Cases?
Oct. 19, 2014 – CBS News: Face the Nation
The heads of the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and National Nurses United discuss the efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola in the U.S.

AMA's Susan Skochelak On Reshaping Medical Education
Oct. 10, 2014 – Sound Medicine Radio
The field of medical education is experiencing just as much upheaval these days as the field of medicine itself. My next guest is Dr. Susan Skochelak. She is vice president for medical education for the AMA. And she's helping lead a national overhaul for how new physicians are trained. For one thing, she wants them to learn more about teamwork… 

Five Questions With: Dr. Paul George
Oct. 6, 2014 – Providence Business Journal
The AMA grant is five years in length and extends through 2018. This grant has given us so much more than financial support however. It has given us access to some of the most brilliant medical education minds in the United States, to learn their thoughts about where medical education should be heading…

AMA's New President Reflects on Changes at his Alma Mater, OHSU
Oct. 6, 2014 – Portland Business Journal
More than 31 years after Dr. Robert Wah graduated from Oregon Health & Science University, he was back on campus to deliver a lecture, as the new president of the American Medical Association…

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...

AMA Launches 3 Programs for Physician Wellness
Sept. 29, 2014 - HCP Live
Physicians' personal health is a global concern and 3 initiatives are being developed to encourage positive change, according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA). Robert M. Wah, MD, president of the AMA, discusses the challenges physicians face trying to focus on personal heath while juggling many responsibilities and pressures, including patients, practice, family, and friends; keeping up with medical news; and maintaining personal interests. In a meeting with attendees from 13 countries, stressors were found to change during different career stages, but were common for physicians around the world…

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...

Doctors Enlisted in a New Push to Stop Diabetes Before it Starts
Sept. 2, 2014 – Sarasota Herald-Tribune
To help spread the message to more doctors and their patients with prediabetes, the American Medical Association has launched a new pilot project with the Venice SKY Family YMCA and doctors who practice in Sarasota County — where prediabetes is prevalent because of the high median age here. "Our experience has been, even though one out of three have prediabetes, only 11 percent know," says Dr. Robert Wah, president of the AMA…

CMS Shuts Down Sunshine Act Database
Aug. 29, 2014 – MedPage Today
The announcement of the shutdown "adds to the growing concerns that the site is simply not ready to go public," the American Medical Association said Thursday in a press release. "It also further underscores the need for physicians to have more time to register, review and correct inaccurate data that may be housed on the government website."…

Penn State Helping to Reshape Medical Education
Aug. 18, 2014 – Lebanon Daily News
Last fall, the College of Medicine received a $1 million grant from the AMA to design the new curriculum that would reshape medical education. Penn State was one of 11 medical schools out of 120 whose projects were selected by the AMA for funding.

CMS Delays Release of Some Doctor Records on Transparency Website
Aug. 15, 2014 – The Hill
The American Medical Association and other professional medical groups have voiced concern about the problems with the database and pressed CMS to delay its public launch until next March. "Wrong information, reduces patient trust which unnecessarily damages patient-physician relationships," the AMA said. "Physicians deserve adequate amount of time to ensure the information being reported is accurate."…

The Drawn-Out Medical Degree
Aug. 1, 2014 – The New York Times
The American Medical Association is among those urging changes in the way doctors are taught. Last year, it awarded $11 million to medical schools to spur innovative approaches. One emphasis is competency-based programs, in which students' pace is determined by how well they perform a task, not by the number of years spent in school. Such programs in other fields have shortened the education process by about 20 percent, said Dr. Susan E. Skochelak, the association's group vice president for medical education…

VA Fix Gives New $$ to Ease Old Woes
Aug. 1, 2014 – MedPage Today
Robert Wah, MD, president of the American Medical Association, applauded the bill's passage. "The American Medical Association is pleased that Congress has taken action to ensure veterans can access the healthcare they need in a timely fashion outside of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs," he said in a statement…

Uber-Inspired Apps Bring a Doctor Right to Your Door
July 31, 2014 – CNN
As the doctor shortage grows and patients struggle to balance their busy lives, telemedicine has become a fast-growing field. Health care professionals offer their services using two-way video, e-mail, smartphones and other forms of technology. Apps, such as Doctor on Demand and Ringadoc, allow patients to speak to a physician via phone or video chat…

Needed: More Doctors in America
July, 24, 2014 – The New York Times
"Bottlenecks in Training Doctors" (editorial, July 20) highlights physician shortages and the lack of available medical residency slots in our country. The American Medical Association shares your deep concern that the cap on residency positions has created shortages in many regions and medical specialties. The A.M.A. has fought diligently over the years to mitigate physician shortages on a number of fronts…

The Doctor Will Click on You Now, but Can She Feel Your Pain in an E-Visit?
July 14, 2014 – Bloomberg
It's a debate that has included the American Medical Association, which last month offered new guidelines to shape telemedicine's development; state licensing boards that agreed on their own draft policy in April; five of the nation's top publicly-traded health insurers; and a small group of closely held telemedicine companies convinced their time has come as concerns about medical cost and access rise…

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. ...

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...

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...

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...