Wednesday, May 23, 2012
This Week's News
This Week's News
Annual report shows AMA's impact on physicians' lives, practices
The AMA's 2011 annual report, "The AMA Equation: Illustrated," details how the AMA gives voice to the vast majority of physicians, helping them thrive in their careers and provide the best possible care to patients.
Highlighting many of the AMA's accomplishments in 2011, the report showcases the core components of the "AMA equation," which includes the AMA House of Delegates, individual membership, research and education, practice tools and AMA advocacy.
"Clear, strong and focused—the AMA's voice truly speaks for all physicians through the important work we do that ultimately benefits our patients," AMA Board Chair Robert M. Wah, MD, said. "The AMA equation allows us to take on major challenges, from reshaping medical school curriculum, to tackling key legislative issues, to helping patients lead healthier lives and physicians successfully manage their practices."
The report details the AMA's impact on important issues in medicine during 2011, including:
- Securing more than 65 victories at the state and national levels on such key legislative issues as health insurance coverage, medical liability reform and scope-of-practice concerns.
- Leading a 12-year-long court case against UnitedHealth Group that resulted in more than $200 million returned to physicians.
- Helping prepare the next generation of physicians through such resources as the "Introduction to the Practice of Medicine," an online interactive program that helps residents and their institutions develop the competencies required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
- Keeping physicians, academics and thought leaders current on important topics related to medicine through the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and its Archives Journals.
"Physicians are dedicated to improving the lives of their patients, and the AMA is dedicated to helping them achieve that goal through the work we do every day," Dr. Wah said. "We bring physicians together to help chart and lead medicine's future course."