Wednesday, May 16, 2012
For Minority Physicians
Attend the AMA-MAS's inaugural business meeting
Members of the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) are invited to attend the first AMA-MAS annual assembly meeting, which will take place June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago prior to the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.
Keynote speaker Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, vice president for health sciences and medical affairs at New York Institute of Technology, will discuss ways to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The meeting also will feature an open forum on AMA House of Delegates reports and resolutions that would affect minority physicians and patients. A networking reception honoring the medical student recipients of the AMA Foundation's Minority Scholars Award also will take place during the AMA-MAS meeting.
Report: Disparities persist as quality improves slowly
Overall quality improved at a rate of 2.5 percent a year between 2002 and 2008, but access to care did not, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). However, the report also found that more gaps in quality of care narrowed slightly during the six-year period than got worse.
The report, the ninth annual edition of the AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, shows that the greatest disparities were seen in ethnicity and income levels. View an American Medical News story about the report.