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May 16, 2013

2012 Annual Report Showcases AMA’s Work to Create a Better Health Care Future for Physicians, Patients, Nation

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May 16, 2013

Reports Membership Increase of More Than Three Percent and 13th Straight Year of Operating Profits

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization, today released its 2012 annual report. The report highlights the AMA’s goal to embrace the national imperative to improve the health of the nation through the launch of a five-year strategic plan. It also notes a membership increase of more than three percent and marks the 13th straight year of operating profits.

“Last year, the AMA began to focus its resources on ambitious goals to create a better future for our nation’s patients, physicians and medical students,” said AMA Board Chair Steven J. Stack, M.D. “This report outlines how the AMA is working to improve the practice of medicine and the leadership of physicians in every state, specialty and career stage.”

As the premiere national medical organization, the AMA uses its reach and resources to shape a better future for America’s patients and physicians. In 2012, the AMA:

  • Inspired more than 80 percent of the nation’s medical schools to submit innovative proposals to align medical training with the evolving needs of the rapidly changing health care system. The AMA will provide $10 million over the next five years to fund 8-10 projects that support significant redesign of undergraduate medical education.
  • Launched a long-term commitment to driving widespread innovation to improve health outcomes, first focusing on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, two diseases that cost the health care system more than $500 billion annually.
  • Sponsored the National Journal Policy Forum and began the Integrated Physician Practice Section to provide thought leadership and new opportunities for physicians to shape policy that enhances physician satisfaction and improves practice sustainability.
  • Won more than 125 legislative victories at the state level – from securing insurer transparency to preserving medical liability reforms – by working with state medical societies across the nation.
  • Secured regulatory improvements to reduce administrative burdens on physician practices, such as exemption opportunities for electronic prescribing and a one-year delay in the implementation of ICD-10.
  • Established the JAMA Network, which provides easier access to vital medical information when and where physicians need it.

“As health care continues to evolve, the AMA remains dedicated to forging common ground on which to build the high-quality and efficient health care delivery system our country deserves by taking the hassles out of the practice environment and enabling physicians to spend their time doing what they do best – caring for patients,” said Dr. Stack.

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