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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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AMA annual report showcases progress toward a better health care future

AMA annual report showcases progress toward a better health care future

The AMA last week released its 2012 annual report, capturing its work to improve the health of the nation through a five-year strategic plan.

Among the report's highlights are milestones reached in the AMA's strategic plan, a 3 percent increase in membership and a 13th straight year of operating profits.

"Last year, the AMA began to focus its resources on ambitious goals to create a better future for our nation's patients, physicians and medical students," AMA Board of Trustees Chair Steven J. Stack, MD, said in a news release. "This report outlines how the AMA is working to improve the practice of medicine and the leadership of physicians in every state, specialty and career stage."

The AMA's achievements toward these long-term goals are considerable. Last year the AMA:

Inspired more than 80 percent of the nation's medical schools to submit innovative proposals to align medical training with the evolving needs of the rapidly changing health care system. The AMA will provide $10 million over the next five years to fund eight to 10 projects.

Launched an initiative to improve health outcomes, first focusing on cardiovascular disease and diabetes. These two diseases cost more than $500 million annually.

Sponsored a National Journal policy forum and began the Integrated Physician Practice Section to provide thought leadership and new opportunities for physicians to shape policy that enhances physician satisfaction and improves practice sustainability.

Won more than 125 legislative victories at the state level—from securing insurer transparency to preserving medical liability reforms—by working with state medical societies across the nation.

Secured regulatory improvements to reduce administrative burdens on physician practices, such as exemption opportunities for ePrescribing and a one-year delay in implementation of the ICD-10 code set.

Established The JAMA Network®, which provides easier access to vital medical information when and where physicians need it.

"By staying grounded in our rich legacy of putting the interests of physicians and patients first, the AMA will continue to build an arc to an ever more promising future," the AMA pledges in the report.