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AMA Applauds Passage of Stabenow Amendment to Repeal 1099 Reporting Requirement

Provision in the health reform law would place unnecessary burden on physician practices

For immediate release:
Feb. 2, 2011

Washington, D.C. – The American Medical Association (AMA) today lauded the U.S. Senate’s vote to repeal an IRS 1099 reporting requirement for businesses that was included in the health reform law passed last year. The provision would require businesses, including physician offices, to file a 1099 form with the IRS if the total amount of payments made to another business in exchange for goods and services is $600 or more in a year.

“The AMA applauds the Senate’s vote in support of the Stabenow amendment to repeal the unnecessary and burdensome IRS 1099 reporting requirement that was included as part of the health reform law,” said AMA President Cecil B. Wilson, M.D. “It is estimated that paperwork already takes up as much as a third of a physician’s workday - time that could be better spent with patients - and this provision would only increase that burden.”

In a letter to the IRS last year, the AMA noted that stricter requirements in the provision would create an expensive reporting burden and negatively impact the operations of businesses, including physician practices.

“As the nation’s largest physician organization, the AMA will continue working during the implementation phase of the health reform law to ensure the best outcomes for patients and physicians by advocating for improvements including expanded medical liability reforms and major changes in the IPAB framework,” Dr. Wilson said.

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Contact:
Heather Lasher Todd
AMA Media Relations
202-789-7430
Heather.Lasher.Todd@ama-assn.org

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