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AMA: Congress Approves Package of Changes to Historic Health System Reform

AMA will work with Congress and the administration to make critical changes that could not be addressed through the reconciliation process

For immediate release:
March 25, 2010

Statement attributable to:
J. James Rohack, MD
AMA President

"Today Congress approved a package of changes to the health system reform bill as an important step toward providing coverage to all Americans and improving our nation’s health system. While it’s not perfect and more still needs to be done, this sweeping reform package will benefit America’s patients and their physicians. Every day physicians see the devastating effect being uninsured has on the health of our patients, and we are confident health reform will help improve lives.

"While this is another important step forward, there’s more to be done to ensure access to physician care for America’s patients. We will remain actively engaged to ensure that before Congress adjourns there are additional important changes to our health system that couldn’t be addressed in the reconciliation process, including repeal of the Medicare physician payment formula that threatens access to care for seniors and military families. AARP and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) have joined with AMA to urge Congress to repeal the Medicare physician payment formula. We will hold Congress’ feet to the fire to be sure that access to care for seniors and military families is a priority when members return to Washington after recess.

"Congress must also move immediately to correct problems with the Independent Payment Advisory Board. We will be relentless in our pursuit of permanent repeal of the Medicare physician payment formula, corrections to IPAB, medical liability reform and other important actions that we outlined in a letterPDF FIle to Congress."

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For more information, please contact:

Brenda Craine
Director, AMA Media Relations
202-789-7447
brenda.craine@ama-assn.org

Katherine Hatwell
Senior Public Information Officer
202-789-7419
katherine.hatwell@ama-assn.org