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FTC Chairman Announces New Antitrust Workshop to Help Physicians

Speaks at AMA Annual Meeting

For immediate release:
June 14, 2010

Statement attributable to:          
Cecil Wilson, MD
President-elect, American Medical Association

“Today FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz spoke directly to AMA physicians to address their concerns with enforcement of antitrust laws, which negatively impact their ability to work together to improve patient care and address health care costs. The AMA is pleased that Chairman Liebowitz hears physicians’ concerns and we applaud the steps FTC is now taking to address these issues.

“The new FTC workshop announced today will focus on how physicians can successfully participate in new health care delivery models, like accountable care organizations, without running afoul of antitrust laws. The AMA will continue to share physician input and concern regarding antitrust enforcement with the administration and looks forward to participating in the new FTC workshop. The AMA recently released a new member resource for physicians on how to lead and participate in evolving health care delivery models.”

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