Wednesday, May 16, 2012
This Week's News
This Week's News
Have your say on AMA policy with online comments on physician issues
AMA members can speak their mind on proposed policy issues in an online forum (AMA login required) open for the next three weeks. Resolutions submitted by state and specialty societies for the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates cover proposed policy issues ranging from the physician workforce shortage to physician health initiatives.
Leading up to the June 16–20 Annual Meeting in Chicago, eight committees will accept online comments and testimony on every item of business, covering these topics:
- Legislation and health system reform
- Medical service
- Medical practice
- Science and technology
- Public health
- Medical education
- Amendments to the House of Delegates constitution and bylaws
- AMA governance and finance
Here's how the AMA House makes policy:
- State and specialty societies draft and submit a resolution(s) for consideration.
- The resolution is assigned to a reference committee based on topic. (A reference committee is somewhat similar to a congressional committee.)
- Comments on the resolution are accepted online from AMA members and delegates.
- Based on the comments, the reference committee drafts a preliminary report for consideration by the committee at the Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 17.
- The committee drafts a final report for the full House to consider.
- That report is debated in the full House of Delegates and the House decides on the final disposition.
View a graphic that shows how the House sets policy.
Only AMA members can comment on pending resolutions in the AMA's secure online forum. Use this opportunity now to influence AMA policy. Comments will be accepted until June 3. To access the online reference committees, either log in with your AMA account or create an account if you don't have one.