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Dec. 19, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Steps Up Its Push for Continued Strong Support of Graduate Medical Education

Testifies before the Institute of Medicine, launches grassroots campaign targeted at Congress.

Dec. 19, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA: Inaction from Congress Inexcusable, Leaves Medicare Patients and Physicians Who Care for Them at Risk

The AMA sent a letter to Congress today calling for immediate action to stop these crippling cuts and stabilize Medicare for patients and physicians.

Dec. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Physician Leaders Visit Capitol Hill to Call for End of SGR and Transition to Enhanced Care Delivery Innovations, Health Care Quality in Medicare with Lower Costs

Physician leaders from across five groups, including the AMA, will visit Capitol Hill tomorrow to deliver a strong message on the future of the Medicare system.

Dec. 6, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA: New Report Encourages Better Funding of State Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs

The AMA is troubled by the latest findings of a new report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, which shows that states have inadequately funded tobacco prevention and treatment programs.

Dec. 6, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA to Hold Webinar on Prescription Opioid Overdose and the Public Health Response

The AMA will host a free webinar to help physicians better understand trends in unintentional prescription opioid overdoses and the public health response.

Dec. 3, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on American Lung Association's Annual Tobacco Cessation Report

New report shows that states have an opportunity to help reduce adverse health outcomes by ensuring that both state health insurance exchanges and Medicaid include comprehensive tobacco cessation benefits.

Nov. 28, 2012 - AMA Press Release

New AMA Study Finds Anticompetitive Market Conditions are Common across Managed Care Plans

The AMA released a new study showing that anticompetitive market power is widespread for each of the three most popular managed care plans in the U.S.

Nov. 26, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Website Wins Platinum, Gold eHealthcare Leadership Awards

The website of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest and most influential physician organization, has been honored with two 2012 eHealthcare Leadership Awards.

Nov. 21, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on CBO Estimated Cost for Delaying SGR Cut

"The latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the cost to delay a cut of nearly 27 percent, scheduled to hit physicians who care for Medicare patients on January 1, is a prime example of why this broken system must be eliminated."

Nov. 14, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts Policy Aimed at Strengthening Medicare for Current and Future Generations

The AMA voted to adopt policy recommending a set of principles that should be included in a Medicare defined contribution system.

Nov. 13, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies During First Day of Voting at Interim Meeting

The AMA voted during its policy-making meeting to adopt the following new items to its advocacy agendas in science, public health and legislation.

Nov. 13, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts Principles for Physician Employment

The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted new guiding principles for physicians entering into employment and contractual arrangements.

Nov. 13, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies on Final Day of Voting at Interim Meeting

The AMA voted during its policy-making meeting to adopt the following new items to its health care agenda.

Nov. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Northern Illinois Native Receives AMA’s Medal of Valor for Medical Work in Africa

The AMA presented Susan L. Nagele, M.D., a lay missioner, with its Medal of Valor for her life-long work leading primary health care programs in Africa.

Nov. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Minneapolis Pediatrician Receives AMA’s Award for Citizenship and Community Service

The AMA presented Peter J. Dehnel, M.D. with its Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service at its semi-annual policy-making meeting.

Nov. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Beaumont Neurosurgeon Receives AMA’s Distinguished Service Award

The AMA presented Texas neurosurgeon Mark J. Kubala, M.D. with its 2012 Distinguished Service Award.

Nov. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Gainesville Physician Receives AMA’s Young Physician Award

The AMA presented Latha G. Stead, M.D. with the Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine.

Nov. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Anchorage Health Care Leader Receives AMA’s Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award

The AMA presented James J. Jordan, former executive director of the Alaska State Medical Association with its 2012 Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nov. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Harrisburg Medical Executive Receives AMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The AMA presented Denise E. Zimmerman, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) with its Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nov. 7, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Congratulates President Obama on Re-Election

The AMA congratulates President Obama on winning re-election as the President of the United States.

Nov. 5, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Supports Blocking Illegal Florida Gun Gag Law

Condemns governmental intrusion into the patient-physician relationship.

Nov. 1, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Responds to Final Medicare Fee Schedule Rule

"The AMA is pleased that CMS included some of our key recommendations in the final Medicare fee schedule rule, including adopting the CPT codes for transitional care management and increasing the size of groups that will be affected by the initial value-based modifier policy."

Oct. 31, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Campaign Against Administrative Waste is Joined by Cigna

The AMA announced that Cigna Corporation has joined a growing list of private health insurers that have pledged support for the AMA’s Heal the Claims Process™ campaign.

Oct. 25, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA-Convened PCPI® Names New Chair to Lead Quality Improvement Efforts

The AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) has named colorectal surgeon Frank Opelka, MD, as the new chair of the PCPI.

Oct. 24, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA to Hold Pain Management Webinar to Promote Appropriate Opioid Use, Combat Misuse

The AMA will host a free webinar to help physicians better manage patients suffering from chronic pain while minimizing the potential for prescription drug misuse.

Oct. 17, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Names Thomas Easley as New Publisher

The AMA announced today that Thomas J. Easley will join the organization as Senior Vice President, Periodic Publications with responsibility as publisher of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), JAMA Network, and American Medical News.

Oct. 15, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA, Medical Societies Outline Transition Principles to Achieve a High Performing Medicare Program

The AMA and more than 100 state and specialty medical societies today sent a letter to Congress outlining the principles and core elements needed to successfully transition to a high performing Medicare program in conjunction with the repeal of the flawed Medicare physician payment formula.

Oct. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Former AMA President Named World Medical Association President

Cecil B. Wilson, M.D., takes on leading role at international physician organization.

Oct. 5, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Calls for Release of Unfairly Convicted Health Care Professionals in Bahrain

The AMA joins with the world medical community in calling for the immediate release of health professionals in Bahrain who have been unjustly convicted and imprisoned for aiding injured protestors.

Sept. 28, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Two Health Care Quality Organizations Hold Summit to Build Consensus Around Ways to Minimize Overuse of Five Treatments

The AMA-convened PCPI and The Joint Commission co-sponsored the National Summit on Overuse on Sept. 24, 2012 to discuss strategies to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

Sept. 17, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces CPT Code Changes for 2013 that Address Constantly Evolving Healthcare Advancements

Dedicated input of practicing physicians working together with organized medicine results in important updates.

Sept. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

New Report Finds That Sequester of Medicare Spending Could Lead to More Than 750,000 Jobs Lost

A new report found up to 766,000 health care and related jobs could be lost by 2021 as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Sept. 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Urges Congress to Nullify Medicare Sequester

The AMA and more than 100 state and specialty medical societies today submitted a letter to Congress urging the passage of legislation nullifying the 2 percent cut in payments to physicians who treat Medicare patients called for under the Budget Control Act’s sequestration provision and the flawed SGR formula.

Aug. 27, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Responds to HHS Announcement of One Year ICD-10 Delay

HHS has announced a one year delay of ICD-10 implementation – now scheduled for October 1, 2014. The AMA recommended that CMS delay the move to ICD-10 by a minimum of two years.

Aug. 24, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Promotes JAMA Patient Page to Educate Public on West Nile Virus Outbreak

In response to the West Nile virus outbreak, the AMA is offering 2 free resources from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to help the public and physicians obtain more information about the virus.

Aug. 23, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rule

The American Medical Association has provided ongoing input since the inception of the EHR incentive program and has urged greater flexibility to make the program more reasonable and achievable for physicians.

Aug. 13, 2012 - AMA Press Release

NQF Endorses Measures in AMA Toolkit to Promote Effective Communication and Patient-Centered Care

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 12 new quality measures pertaining to disparities and cultural competency.

Aug. 7, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on CDC Report on Walking

Despite a variety of efforts by the AMA and others over the years, today's CDC report shows that even though more people are walking, fewer than half of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health.

July 24, 2012 - AMA Press Release

New AMA Online Community Helps Physicians with Managed Care Contracts

The AMA launched a new online community to help physicians improve their contracting strategies in a rapidly evolving health care system.

July 16, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Forms Alliance to Standardize Reports used in Physician Profiling Programs

AMA effort designed to help physicians better use health insurer-provided data reports as tools to enhance the quality and value of patient care.

July 12, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Online Tool to Help Physicians Identify, Manage Genetic Risk for Colorectal Cancer Offered by AMA, NCHPEG

Web-based educational program designed to improve the primary care provider’s ability to identify hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes in their patients.

July 11, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Offers Senate Finance Committee Path to Stabilize Medicare for Patients, Physicians

AMA President-elect Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D. testified before the Senate Finance Committee today on the need to eliminate the Medicare physician payment formula and replace it with a viable system that will support high-quality, high-value care for patients.

June 28, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA: Supreme Court Decision Protects Much-Needed Health Insurance Coverage for Millions of Americans

The American Medical Association has long supported health insurance coverage for all, and we are pleased that this decision means millions of Americans can look forward to the coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy.

June 26, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Commends Passage of FDA Safety and Innovation Act

The AMA commends the House and Senate for working in a bipartisan manner to develop and pass the FDA user fee bill, and appreciates that the legislation includes other provisions essential to patient access to safe and effective health care.

June 22, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds HHS Pilot Programs to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

The American Medical Association (AMA) is deeply involved and committed to efforts that will curb prescription drug abuse and diversion.

June 21, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces Board of Trustees for 2012-2013

The AMA today introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Chicago.

June 20, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts Policy Addressing Obesity, Beverages with Added Sweeteners

The AMA voted today during its annual policy-making meeting to adopt policy addressing the obesity epidemic.

June 19, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Inaugurates Denver Psychiatrist Jeremy Lazarus as President

Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., a Denver psychiatrist in private practice, was inaugurated today as the 167th president of the American Medical Association.

June 19, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies at Annual Meeting

The AMA voted today during its annual policy-making meeting to adopt the following new policies.

June 19, 2012 - AMA Press Release

William E. Kobler, MD, Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

The AMA announced the election of William E. Kobler, M.D., a board-certified family physician in Rockford, Ill., to the Board of Trustees.

June 19, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Mary Anne McCaffree, MD, Re-Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

The AMA announced the re-election of Mary Anne McCaffree, M.D., a neonatal-perinatal medicine specialist in Oklahoma City, to the Board of Trustees.

June 18, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies at Annual Meeting

The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization, voted today during its annual policy-making meeting to adopt the following new policies.

June 18, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Efforts with Health Insurers Cut Medical Claims Errors by Half

Improvements save billions of dollars.

June 18, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Lexington Physician Ardis Dee Hoven Named AMA President-Elect

Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, Ky., has been elected president-elect of the AMA.

June 19, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Medical Student Malini Daniel Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

Malini Daniel, a medical student at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., became a member of the Board of Trustees of the AMA.

June 15, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Pleased MedPAC Report Recognizes Need for Care Coordination

The American Medical Association is very pleased with the focus on care coordination in the report released today by MedPAC.

May 31, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Reaffirms Commitment to a Tobacco-Free America on World No Tobacco Day

As we recognize the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day today, the AMA reaffirms our commitment to promoting a tobacco-free America.

May 17, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Seeks Relief from FTC Overreach into State Regulation of Health Professionals

The AMA filed a brief today in a U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA reasserting the need for state regulatory boards to be the ultimate authority on professional licensure, patient safety and the practice of medicine.

May 17, 2012 - AMA Press Release

2011 Annual Report Highlights AMA’s Positive Impact On Physicians’ Lives, Practices

Reports 12th straight year of financial health, brings to life the day-to-day relationship between physicians and the AMA.

May 14, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Offers Tool to Help Physicians Address the Driving Safety of Older Patients

The AMA announced a free educational course to help physicians address the driving safety of their older patients.

May, 10, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds Senate Finance Committee for Focus on Medicare Physician Payment Crisis

The AMA is pleased that the Senate Finance Committee is focusing on a critical problem facing Medicare and TRICARE.

May 7, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Comments on Meaningful Use Stage 2 EHR Proposal

Current proposal would make it difficult for physicians to successfully participate in EHR program.

May 4, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Reminds Physicians of Impending e-Prescribing Deadline

The AMA reminds physicians that June 30, 2012 is the reporting deadline to avoid the 2013 Medicare e-prescribing program penalty.

April 25, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Supports Model Rule to Streamline Medical Billing for Workers’ Compensation Insurance

The AMA supports a model rule that encourages electronic processing of medical claims in the workers’ compensation system.

April 24, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Encourages Patients to Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs on April 28

The AMA encourages patients to take advantage of the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28.

April 23, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA: Trustees Report Shows Need for Action to Stop Looming Medicare Cut

Without congressional action, physicians who care for Medicare patients will face a devastating cut on Jan. 1.

April 23, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA to Hold First Ever Group Practice Career Fair During AMA Annual Meeting

The AMA announced its very first group practice career fair to help physician and medical student leaders connect with potential employers.

April 18, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Releases Online Physician Resource to Help Diagnose and Treat Patients with Eating Disorders

The AMA has released an online training module to help primary care physicians better screen for and manage eating disorders.

April 10, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Pleased That Majority of New ACOs Will Be Physician-Led

The AMA is pleased that a majority of the 27 newest ACOs announced today by CMS will be physician-led.

April 9, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Response to CMS Proposal to Postpone the ICD-10 Implementation Date

The AMA appreciates that CMS has proposed delaying the ICD-10 implementation date to October 1, 2014.

April 2, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Medical Students Hold Week of Wellness April 2-8

Medical students promote healthy behaviors across the country.

March 29, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA: Physicians Facing Imminent Storm of Federal Regulations

Physician groups ask CMS to re-evaluate deadlines for programs and penalties.

March 29, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Honors Physicians on National Doctors’ Day

The AMA honors the physicians who have dedicated their professional lives to caring for America's patients.

March 26, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Releases Physician Guide to Medical Management of the Home Care Patient

The AMA and the American Academy of Home Care Physicians released a new guidebook to help physicians identify and oversee the wide range of medical and social services available to assist their patients at home.

March 22, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds House Passage of Bill to Repeal IPAB, Enact Proven Medical Liability Reforms

The AMA applauds the House for voting to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

March 22, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Testifies at FDA Hearing on Proposal to Expand Types of Drugs Available Over-the-Counter

AMA concerned about patient safety, sees limited ability of new proposal to improve patient outcomes or medication adherence.

March 20, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Welcomes Supreme Court Decision to Invalidate Prometheus Patents

The U.S. Supreme Court prevented irreparable harm to patient care with its unanimous decision.

March 15, 2012 - AMA Press Release

New AMA Guidebook Takes the Mystery out of Insurer-Provided Profile Reports

The AMA introduced a new guide to help physicians review insurer-provided practice data for practice improvement.

March 8, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Surgeon General’s Tobacco Report

According to the new Surgeon General's Report, the prevalence of smoking among young adults aged 18-24 is on the rise.

March 6, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on House Energy and Commerce Committee Passing H.R. 452, Legislation to Repeal IPAB

The AMA has actively supported repeal of the IPAB because it would add to the problems caused by the broken Medicare physician payment formula.

March 5, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Urges Patients: Give Your Home A Medicine Cabinet Check-Up

During Patient Safety Awareness Week, know your medications and how to dispose of them.

March 5, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA to Help People in Chicago Prepare for Emergencies and Disasters

The AMA, ACCESS Community Health and Apostolic Faith Church will be holding awareness sessions on March 15, 16 and 20 in Chicago to help citizens become more prepared in crisis situations.

March 2, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Tells CMS: Stop Plans to Weaken Prescription Drug Access for Medicare Patients

AMA asks to change provisions that allow Medicare drug plans to deny drug coverage when they suspect prescription misuse.

Feb. 28, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Releases Online Physician Resource to Help Patients Make Healthy Food Choices

The AMA has released an online training module to help physicians counsel their patients on healthy eating habits.

Feb. 27, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Guidebook Helps Physicians Meet Needs of Older Patients

The AMA has released a new publication entitled "Geriatric Care by Design" to help physicians care for their older patients.

Feb. 27, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Tells Congress: IPAB Would Hurt Patients’ Access to Care and Should be Repealed

The AMA told Congress that the IPAB would add to the problems caused by the current physician payment formula.

Feb. 24, 2012 - AMA Press Release

New AMA How-to Manual on Emerging Physician Payment Models

AMA committed to help physicians evaluate payment options.

Feb. 24, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Stage 2 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

The AMA is committed to EHR adoption that streamlines physician practices.

Feb. 21, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA and AT&T Combine Care Management Platforms to Improve Collaboration Among Caregivers Nationwide

Strategic alliance helps thousands of physicians modernize practices.

Feb. 16, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement in Support Of HHS' Intent to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date

The AMA appreciates Secretary Sebelius' swift response to address the AMA’s serious concerns with ICD-10 implementation.

Feb. 15, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on 10-Month Delay of Medicare Physician Payment Cut

The House and Senate agreement averts a 27 percent cut on March 1, but it represents a serious missed opportunity.

Feb. 9, 2012 - AMA Press Release

Court Approves Award Payments in AMA Legal Battle Against UnitedHealth

A federal court judge has cleared the way for releasing payments in the 2009 settlement.

Jan. 30, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Releases Free ‘Weigh What Matters’ App to Help People Achieve Healthier Lifestyles

Helps patients improve their overall health as part of the AMA Healthier Life Steps program.

Jan. 26, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA, AARP Release Free Medicare Preventive Services Patient Brochure

"Team Up to Stay Healthy" brochure helps seniors receive the preventive services that are now covered by Medicare.

Jan. 23, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Calls on Congress to Stop Stalling and Stabilize Medicare

Action needed now to protect Medicare, TRICARE patients and save taxpayers’ money

Jan. 17, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA and TransforMED Release Health IT Tutorials for Physician Practices

The AMA and TransforMED released three online educational tutorials today to help physician practices better implement health IT.

Jan. 11, 2012 - AMA Press Release

AMA Unveils Improved Practice Management Website

New features highlight resources that physician practices need to save time and money.

Jan. 5, 2012 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds FDA Decision to Restrict Cephalosporin Use in Animal Agriculture

Physicians must be able to rely on proven, safe and effective medications to provide optimal care to their patients.