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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 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 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...