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On National Doctors' Day AMA Highlights Services for Physicians

March 30th day to honor physicians who dedicate their lives to providing high-quality care

For immediate release
March 30, 2010

CHICAGO – Today on National Doctors’ Day, the American Medical Association (AMA) honors the more than 950,000 U.S. physicians who dedicate their professional lives to the art and science of medicine to benefit patients. On this day of tribute, the AMA is highlighting valuable services and resources it provides to help practicing physicians optimize practice management and patient care.

“National Doctors’ Day is an opportunity to recognize the dedication of physicians who care for America’s patients,” said AMA President J. James Rohack, M.D. “The AMA understands the many demands on physicians working to provide high-quality patient care, and we are proud to support their life's work through resources ranging from practice management tools to ongoing education to advocacy in the nation's capital and the courts. Many of these tools are easily accessible on the AMA’s Web site and can help physicians in their day-to-day practices." 

A sample of AMA services and resources that can help physicians include:

Practice Management Center: Educational resources and interactive tools that can help physicians focus on caring for patients, instead of battling health insurers over contracts, payments and paperwork. The AMA recently launched the National Managed Care Contract and database, a first-of-its-kind online tool designed to help physicians analyze and negotiate better contracts with insurers.  

Litigation Center of the AMA and State Medical Societies: Given the potential impact a court case can have on the practice of medicine, the Litigation Center is a vital legal advocate for physicians and the patients they serve. The Litigation Center provides legal expertise and assistance for physicians, and has participated in more than 200 cases, many with precedent-setting results. The Litigation Center's docket of cases covers a wide range of topics across the medical-legal landscape, including: physician payment, medical staff privileges, medical liability, peer review and scope-of-practice.

Advocacy:  A leading voice for physicians and patients during the health system reform debate, AMA is aggressively working to repeal the broken Medicare physician payment formula. The AMA also advocates for antitrust reform, medical liability reform and much more with both Congress and the administration to safeguard the patient-physician relationship.

ePrescribing Learning Center: Helps physicians make informed decisions about electronic prescribing. 

Health IT Webinar Series: Helps physicians evaluate and adopt health IT, as well as understand the federal health IT incentive programs and how they can qualify.

Making Strides in Safety Campaign: Provides materials that support physicians to ensure that patients receive safe, effective and timely care, including tools to enhance teamwork, communication, systems improvement, and a culture of safety in all settings of care.  

Quality Improvement: The AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) focuses on developing patient-focused clinical performance measures that physicians can use to improve patient care.  Physicians and other health care providers are at the forefront of developing evidence-based clinical measures of quality care, with 270 measures across 43 clinical areas already created and broad recognition that the PCPI is a leader in the field of quality measure development.

Healthier Life Steps Toolkit: Helps physicians talk to patients about living healthier, and explains how physicians can implement strategies to assess patients' readiness to change and how to counsel patients on making these changes. 

Older Drivers Guide: New guide helps physicians address the driving safety of their older patients and better understand the public health issues involved.

Code of Medical Ethics: The most comprehensive ethics guide for physicians, this resource defines the essentials of honorable behavior for every physician.

President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution in 1990 designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day. It was first observed in 1933 as a local celebration in Barrow County, Georgia to commemorate the date that Crawford W. Long, M.D., administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery (March 30, 1842). The red carnation is the symbol of Doctors’ Day because it denotes the qualities of love, charity, sacrifice, bravery and courage.

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For more information, please contact:

Leah Dudowicz
(312) 464-4813