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AMA Honors Physicians on National Doctors’ Day

For immediate release:
March 29, 2012

ChicagoIn anticipation of  National Doctors' Day, the American Medical Association (AMA) honors the physicians who have dedicated their professional lives to caring for America's patients. On this day, the AMA highlights the resources available to physicians and the advocacy work done on their behalf.

"National Doctors' Day provides an opportunity to recognize physicians nationwide for their tireless commitment to providing excellent patient care," said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D.  "As the nation's largest physician organization, the AMA continues to be a leader in shaping the future of health care and is working to ensure the best outcomes for patients and physicians."

The AMA offers many easily accessible resources for physicians.  From practice management tools to continuing medical education, the AMA supports physicians in all areas of their professional lives. Medical students can use FREIDA Online to search for graduate medical education programs, and practicing physicians can use tools like the AMA Healthier Life Steps program to help their patients make lasting changes to live longer, healthier lives. Physicians who want to prepare for, select or implement health IT systems can use various  health IT tools to make the best decisions for their practices and also learn about federal health IT incentive programs, and a webinar is available to help physicians learn more about Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The Litigation Center of the AMA has achieved many victories for physicians, including a recent AMA-led settlement with UnitedHealth Group, in which nearly $200 million in awards is currently being returned to physicians to settle claims for 15 years of artificially low payments that UnitedHealth paid for out-of-network services.

As we move medicine forward, the AMA serves as a passionate advocate for patients and physicians. Over the past year alone, the AMA continued to make meaningful progress in several areas that affect physicians' daily practice, including easing regulatory burdens, helping physicians avoid ePrescribing penalties, combating third-party interference with the patient-physician relationship and developing and implementing new health care delivery models. The AMA is also leading efforts to pass comprehensive medical liability reform and eliminate the broken Medicare physician payment formula.  

President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution in 1990 designating March 30 as National Doctors' Day. To learn more about what the AMA is doing for physicians, please visit http://www.ama-assn.org/go/advocacy. To view more of the resources the AMA offers physicians, visit http://www.ama-assn.org/go/resources.

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Contact:

Shannon O'Brien
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443
Shannon.Obrien@ama-assn.org

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