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Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

News for Senior and Retired Physicians

Register to attend this year's AMA-SPS Assembly Meeting

Register to attend this years AMA-SPS Assembly Meeting

Members of the AMA Senior Physicians Section (SPS) are invited to attend the AMA-SPS Assembly Meeting Nov. 16 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

Joseph P. Annis, MD, member of the AMA Board of Trustees, will deliver the keynote presentation titled, "Aging for docs—how to stay young, sharp and relevant despite the calendar: The new AMA Senior Physicians Section."

This year's assembly meeting also will include discussion of AMA House of Delegates business items and future AMA-SPS activities. All AMA members 65 years of age or older who are interested in senior physician issues are encouraged to attend. Registration (AMA login required) now is open.

If you have questions about the meeting or registering, email Alice Reed of the AMA or call her at (312) 464-5523.

Fix Medicare Now: Make sure Congress gets the message

Join your colleagues throughout the country in putting concerted pressure on members of Congress to reform the Medicare physician payment system by year's end. FixMedicareNow.org, the AMA's new grassroots campaign website, makes it easy.

The website lets both physicians and patients lend their voices to the growing chorus calling for an end to Medicare's failed funding formula and the establishment of a new system that fosters high-quality care. Physicians also can download a flier to remind their patients to contact Congress to protect Medicare and access to care.

In August the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bill to repeal the failed SGR formula and provide a transition to new models of care delivery and payment. The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee also are expected to issue their own versions of the legislation this fall.

Email your members of Congress today to tell them that now is the time to transform Medicare into an effective, 21st-century model of care.