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AMA News Room

Feb. 13, 2013

AMA Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

For immediate release:
Feb. 13, 2013

Statement attributable to:
Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The AMA agrees with President Obama that we must all work together to end senseless acts of gun violence in our nation and support our returning veterans with mental health care services.

“We also agree that change is needed to protect the promise of Medicare for seniors now and in the future. The AMA supports the adoption of new models for delivering and paying for patient care that help promote quality and achieve cost savings. Congress must take the fiscally responsible action of repealing the Medicare physician payment formula, which will protect access to care for seniors and allow us to move to a Medicare system that encourages quality care while reducing costs.

“The AMA and 110 medical societies are working to implement a framework with an array of Medicare delivery and payment models that would give physicians the flexibility to help lower costs and improve the quality of care for their patients. The AMA looks forward to continuing to work with Congress and the administration to enact Medicare reform and other health initiatives that improve the health of patients and our nation.”

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AMA Media Relations
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Heather.Lasher.Todd@ama-assn.org

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