AMA Wire

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For Minority Physicians

AMA member appointed to Medicare congressional advisory panel

AMA member appointed to Medicare congressional advisory panel

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently announced the appointment of five new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), among them a very active AMA member.

Alice Coombs, MD, a critical care specialist and anesthesiologist in Weymouth, Mass., was nominated by the Massachusetts Medical Society and supported by the AMA. She will serve a three-year term as one of the commission's physician members.

Dr. Coombs has chaired the Committee on Workforce Diversity of the AMA's Commission to Eliminate Health Care Disparities and served on the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium's Governing Council and the AMA Initiative to Transform Medical Education. Dr. Coombs also is a past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and served on the Massachusetts Special Commission on the Health Care Payment System, among her many other leadership roles.

Rita Redberg, MD, a cardiologist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, also was appointed to serve on the commission through April 2015.

An independent congressional agency established in 1997, MedPAC advises Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. The 17-member commission, which consists of physicians and other health care professionals, employers, third-party payers, researchers, and consumer representatives, produces two annual reports and regularly comments on federal reports and proposed regulations.

In particular, MedPAC is responsible for advising Congress on payments to private health plans participating in Medicare and physicians in Medicare's fee-for-service program.

Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas meeting set for July

The AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) encourages all physicians to attend this year's Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas Annual Meeting, which will take place July 5–7 in Las Vegas.

The meeting will feature three days of educational meetings, which will discuss issues surrounding the challenges facing minority health care providers in the provision of clinical and therapeutic services for diseases and conditions related to a variety of medical specialties. This year's conference will feature two major themes: sickle cell disease and the impact of information technology on health care delivery.