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AMA Annual Meeting Starts Tomorrow

President Obama to address the nation’s physician leaders on Monday, June 15

For immediate release
June 12, 2009

The nation's broadest democratic assembly of physicians gathers in Chicago tomorrow to begin a grassroots process that will shape and set the health care agenda of America’s largest physician organization.

During the next five days, the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates becomes the center of American medicine. Delegations representing 180 medical societies will meet in a democratic forum to create a national physician consensus on issues in science, ethics and medicine, including many topics related to the ongoing health reform debate. This unifying consensus results in policies that not only give the AMA direction, but also act as the driving force to move the whole profession, even the nation, toward change.

Physicians are expected to vote on more than 200 policy recommendations, including:

  • Guidelines for a flexible approach to Medicare payment reform
  • Support for the patient centered medical home
  • Stricter fines for violating federal guidelines on direct-to-consumer drug ads
  • Strategies to reduce medical student debt
  • Flu protection guidelines for airline travel
  • Questionable claims made for using hormones as anti-aging agents
  • Development of a healthier and sustainable food system
  • Appropriate supplementation levels for vitamin D
  • Use of tasers by law enforcement
  • Promoting awareness of male breast cancer
  • Reducing hospital acquired infections with new dress code guidelines

For a comprehensive list of the items to be considered by the House of Delegates, please visit the AMA Web site.

The AMA House of Delegates is open to credentialed members of the press. To arrange for press credentials, or to receive additional details, please contact AMA Media Relations at: (312) 464-4430.

WHAT: Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates

WHERE:
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Downtown Chicago

WHEN: Saturday, June 13, through Wednesday, June 17

CONTACTS:
AMA Pressroom (Hyatt Regency) – (312) 239-4991
AMA Media Relations (Chicago) – (312) 464-4430
AMA Media Relations (Washington) – (202) 789-7400

INTERVIEWS: The AMA will have spokespeople available upon request to discuss the issues that have been voted on during the meeting. AMA media relations staff will be on-site to facilitate all interviews for the press. To contact a member of the AMA's on-site media relations staff, please call the AMA pressroom located in the Riverside Center Exhibition Hall on the lower level of the Hyatt Regency Chicago: (312) 239-4991. For additional assistance, you may also contact the AMA's Chicago and Washington offices at: (312) 464-4430 or (202) 789-7400.

AGENDA: A media summary of the Annual Meeting is available.

DAILY EVENTS: All events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Times and room locations are subject to change.  Please contact AMA media relations to receive updates.

Saturday, June 13      

Opening Session of the AMA House of Delegates

3:00 p.m. (CT) in the Grand Ballroom
The AMA's primary policy-making body convenes its 214th meeting.

Sunday, June 14

Committee Hearings

9:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) - please contact AMA Media Relations for specific times and room locations
Open hearings are convened to review and debate proposed policies.

Monday, June 15

President Obama Addresses Physicians on Health System Reform

11:15 a.m. (CT) in the Grand Ballroom
President Obama will address the nation's physician leaders gathered for the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Special credentialing and procedures are required to attend the speech. Please contact AMA Media Relations for details.

Overview of the Health IT Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. (CT) in Regency Ballroom A
A panel of speakers, including a representative from the Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss newly established government incentives and grants to encourage adoption of health information technology.

Heal the Claims Process: Check-up for Physicians and Payers

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. (CT) in Regency Ballroom A
The AMA will reveal results from its second annual "National Health Insurer Report Card" showing how each of the nation's largest health insurers is performing in terms of timeliness, transparency and accuracy of claims processing. A panel of experts will present the findings of the National Health Insurer Report Card, and a press availability will follow.

Current Concepts in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. (CT) in Regency Ballroom C
This presentation features two of the most prevalent conditions affecting veterans returning from operations in Afghanistan and Iraq: post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Experts will present the current understanding of the two conditions, the magnitude, prevalence and medical burden of these disorders, and share insights into evolving therapeutic interventions.

Lessons on Establishing a Quality Improvement Culture

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (CT) in Regency Ballroom C
Physician efforts to transform patient care delivery and quality at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania will be highlighted at this education system. Key features of this successful initiative will be identified, including performance measures developed by the AMA convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.

Voting Session of the AMA House of Delegates

2:00 to 5:30 p.m. (CT) in the Grand Ballroom
Delegates convene for the first day of voting on proposed policies.

Tuesday, June 16

Voting Session of the AMA House of Delegates

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CT) in the Grand Ballroom
Delegates convene for the second day of voting on proposed policies.

The Inauguration of the 164th AMA President

5:00 p.m. (CT) in the Crystal Ballroom
J. James Rohack, MD, a cardiologist from Bryan, Texas, will accept the AMA’s highest elected office.

Wednesday, June 17

Voting Session of the AMA House of Delegates

9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (CT) in the Grand Ballroom
Delegates convene for the final day of voting on proposed policies.

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