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2011 Annual Report Highlights AMA’s Positive Impact On Physicians’ Lives, Practices

For immediate release:
May 17, 2012

Reports 12th straight year of financial health, brings to life the day-to-day relationship between physicians and the AMA

Washington, D.C.The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest physician member organization, today released its 2011 annual report, "The AMA Equation: Illustrated," which details how the AMA gives voice to the vast majority of physicians. The report highlights many of the AMA's 2011 accomplishments. It showcases the core components comprising the "AMA equation," including the AMA House of Delegates, individual membership, research and education, practice tools and AMA advocacy.

"The AMA affects the lives of all physicians, whether or not they realize it, enabling them to thrive in their careers and provide the best possible care to patients," said AMA Chair, Robert M. Wah, MD. "We're excited to demonstrate exactly how the AMA works day-by-day to offer a diverse array of resources to physicians in all stages of their careers."

The AMA made significant progress in 2011 on issues that affect physicians and their practices, for instance:

  • Secured more than 65 victories at the state and national level on legislative issues, including those related to health insurance coverage, medical liability reform and scope of practice concerns.
  • Helped prepare the next generation of physicians through resources such as the Introduction to the Practice of Medicine (IPM), an online interactive program that helps residents and their institutions develop the competencies required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
  • Led a 12-year-long court case against UnitedHealth Group that resulted in more than $200 million returned to physicians.
  • Kept physicians, academics and thought leaders current on important topics related to medicine through the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), which continues to be the most widely circulated medical journal in the world with 310,000 weekly readers of the publication and its Archive journals.
  • Published the AMA 2011 Economic Impact Study demonstrating the substantial boost that office-based physicians give the U.S. economy – to the tune of $1.4 trillion in sales revenue, four million jobs and $833 billion in wages and benefits.

"Clear, strong and focused – the AMA's voice truly speaks for all physicians through the important work we do that ultimately benefits our patients," said Dr. Wah. "The AMA equation allows us to take on major challenges from reshaping medical school curriculum, to tackling key legislative issues, to helping patients lead healthier lives and physicians successfully manage their practices.

"Physicians are dedicated to improving the lives of their patients, and the AMA is dedicated to helping them achieve that goal through the work we do every day," said Dr. Wah. "We bring physicians together to help chart and lead medicine's future course."

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Contact:
Liz Magsig
AMA Media Relations
(202) 789-7419
Elizabeth.Magsig@ama-assn.org

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