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Dec. 12, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Landmark Agreement Formalizes Accreditation of U.S. and Canadian Medical Education Programs

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) took an important step today in furthering the commitment of both the U.S. and Canada to ensuring quality standards in medical school programs.

Dec. 12, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Praises Near Unanimous Votes to Fix Medicare by Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees

Bipartisan legislative breakthrough sets pathway for repeal of the flawed SGR Medicare payment formula.

Dec. 11, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Supports Proposal for a SGR Repeal in House Ways and Means Committee

"The American Medical Association commends the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee for proposing bipartisan legislation to repeal the irreparably flawed Medicare payment formula known as SGR and moving toward a Medicare program that rewards high-quality care and reduces costs."

Dec. 11, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Encourages Progress for Senate SGR Repeal Proposal

The AMA has urged members of the Senate Finance Committee to favorably report out the current bipartisan legislative proposal in the mark up scheduled for Thursday.

Dec. 10, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds CMS Decision to Extend Prep Time for Meaningful Use Stage Two; Urges Federal Government to Reconsider Pass/Fail Approach

"The federal government’s decision to extend Stage 2 of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use program is a welcome reprieve that will provide physicians and vendors with an additional year to adequately prepare for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program."

Nov. 27, 2013 - AMA Statement

Medicare Final Rule Confirms Deep Cut to Physician Payments for 2014, Congress Must Repeal SGR Before Jan. 1

"Today’s release of the final Medicare payment rule serves as an urgent reminder to Congress that there are just 34 days before physicians who care for Medicare patients will face a steep payment cut of about 24 percent cut due to the short-sighted, fatally flawed Medicare payment formula – the SGR."

Nov. 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies at Interim Meeting to Improve Health of Nation

The AMA gathered physician and medical student leaders representing all aspects of medicine during its Interim Meeting and today voted to adopt new policies on emerging issues in public health and science to help improve the health of the nation.

Nov. 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Will Urge Greater CDC Role in Combating Prescription Drug Abuse

Physicians at the Interim Meeting of the AMA today voted to endorse a proposal for a more constructive public health approach to preventing deaths from prescription pain medications.

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Foundation Honors Physician for Ethics Leadership

The AMA Foundation presented Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, with the 2013 Isaac Hays, MD and John Bell, MD Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism.

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Houston Surgeon Receives Award for Citizenship and Community Service

The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., a Houston thoracic surgeon, with the Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service.

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Austin Medical Executive Receives Achievement Award for Exceptional Service

The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Marshall G. Cothran, chief executive officer of the Travis County Medical Society (TCMS), with the Medical Executive Meritorious Achievement Award.

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Albany Medical Executive Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The AMA presented Linda A. Lambert, CAE, executive director of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Alabama Medical Executive Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The AMA presented Cary J. Kuhlmann, executive director of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Florida Medical Executive Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Medical Association (AMA) presented E. Russell Jackson, former senior vice president at the Florida Medical Association (FMA), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Passes Recommendations for Payment Models that Support New Approaches to Team-Based Health Care

Team-based health care delivery models are quickly emerging as the preferred method for providing coordinated, cost-effective, high-quality health care for patients.

Nov. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Urges Congress to Repeal SGR by Year's End

Physician leaders from all corners of the country today strongly and decisively called for Congress to repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

Nov. 7, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Analysis Lists States Where One Private Health Insurer Rules

Absence of health insurance competition hurts patients, physicians, and employers.

Nov. 7, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: Trans Fat Ban Would Save Lives

Banning the use of artificial trans fats is a life-saving move that can help keep the public healthy, and the AMA strongly supports the FDA’s recommendation to eliminate one of the most harmful fats in our food supply.

Oct. 31, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Toolkits Help Physicians Incorporate New Standards That Streamline Payment

The AMA is offering free toolkits to help physicians benefit from new federal standards that can reduce administrative hassles, cut paperwork burdens and free physicians to spend more time with patients.

Oct. 30, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: Bipartisan Proposal to Repeal SGR an Encouraging Step to Improve Medicare for Physicians and Patients

The AMA commends the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee for collaborating in a bipartisan, bicameral process to end the failed Medicare funding formula known as the sustainable growth rate, or SGR.

Oct. 29, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces Resignation from Board of Trustees

The American Medical Association (AMA) said today that Monica C. Wehby, M.D., is resigning her position on the AMA Board of Trustees to run for the U.S. Senate from the state of Oregon.

Oct. 14, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces New, Improved FREIDA Online Resource

Tool for medical students and residents re-launched to better serve those searching and applying for residency programs, fellowships

Oct. 9, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Quality of Patient Care Drives Physician Satisfaction; Doctors Have Concerns About Electronic Health Records, Study Finds

Being able to provide high-quality health care is a primary driver of job satisfaction among physicians, and obstacles to quality patient care are a source of stress for doctors, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Oct. 5, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Medical Associations, AARP Push for Expanding Health Coverage in Maine

The Maine Medical Association (MMA), American Medical Association (AMA) and AARP held a joint press conference on Saturday, October 5th, at the MMA's 160th annual meeting.

Sept. 24, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Applauds Senators' Efforts to Fix EHR Meaningful Use

Physicians are eager to implement EHRs, but overly aggressive timeline could have harmful, unintended consequences

Sept. 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA to Hold Webinar on Genetic Factors Affecting Patient Response to Opioids

Free information to help physicians understand how genetic information affects patient response to opioid analgesics.

Sept. 17, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Releases New Study of Physician Practice Arrangements

The AMA released new data on physician practice arrangements showing that private practice medicine remains strong despite an increase in hospital employment.

Sept. 16, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces 2014 CPT Code Enhancements

Updates to medicine's common language reflect new technological and scientific advancements.

Sept. 10, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Launches "Fix Medicare Now" Grassroots Campaign

The AMA launched a grassroots campaign to urge Congress to reform the Medicare physician payment system. A key component of the campaign is a new interactive website, FixMedicareNow.org.

Sept. 9, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Offers Physicians Help Complying with Revised HIPAA Regulations

The AMA announced a new toolkit to help physicians navigate the sweeping new revisions to the federal privacy and security rules for health information that go into effect on September 23, 2013.

Aug. 12, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA To Cease Publication of American Medical News

The AMA announced today that it will stop publishing American Medical News effective Sept. 9, 2013.

July 31, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Appreciates Continued Leadership on Reforming Medicare

Work remains to allow for physician investment in improving patient care.

July 30, 2013 - AMA Press Release

On 48th Anniversary of Medicare, AMA Says Patients and Physicians Deserve Healthy System

AMA committed to shaping a sustainable Medicare program for future generations.

July 30, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Reminds Physicians: Sunshine Act Reporting Starts This Week

Offers resources to help physicians prepare for new program.

July 23, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: In Reforming Medicare, Details Matter

Physicians urge lawmakers to ensure sustainable resources, not increase administrative burden

July 22, 2013 - AMA Statement

FACT SHEET: Response to the Washington Post's "How a secretive panel uses data that distorts doctors' pay"

The article and video published by the Washington Post distorts the RUC’s role in providing resource cost information to CMS.

July 19, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Appreciates House Committee’s Leadership on Reforming Medicare; Notes Work Remains to be Done

The AMA appreciates the work undertaken so far this year by the bipartisan leadership of the Energy and Commerce Committee to end the broken Medicare physician payment system.

July 10, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Two Leading Health Care Quality Organizations Recommend Strategies to Minimize Overuse of Five Treatments

Appropriate Use Will Improve Quality and Safety of Patient Care; Extend Finite Health Care Resources.

July 10, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA President: Major Study from JAMA Shows Overall American Health Improvements, But Chronic Disease Burden Must Be Addressed

A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows a measurable improvement in the health of Americans.

June 26, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Releases Updated Pain Management Education Program

Emphasizes balance between appropriate pain management and prevention of prescription drug abuse and diversion.

June 24, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: Race-Conscious School Admission Policies Needed to Help Eliminate Racial Health Disparities

The AMA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision affirming diversity as a compelling interest in education.

June 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces Board of Trustees for 2013-2014

The AMA introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

June 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Medical Student Ryan Ribeira Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

Ryan Ribeira, a medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, Calif., today became a member of the Board of Trustees of the AMA.

June 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces New Policy on Final Day of Annual Meeting

The AMA concluded its Annual Meeting today and announced the adoption of the new policy on sugar-sweetened beverages.

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., Inaugurated as 168th President of AMA

Lexington infectious disease specialist's work with HIV/AIDS patients spurred her involvement in organized medicine.

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Minnesota Physician Maya Babu Elected to the AMA Board of Trustees

The AMA announced Maya Babu, MD, MBA, a resident in neurosurgery in Rochester, Minn., has been elected to the AMA Board of Trustees.

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

South Carolina Physician Gerald E. Harmon, MD, Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

The AMA announced today the election of Gerald E. Harmon, MD, a family medicine specialist from coastal South Carolina, to the Board of Trustees.

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Missouri Doctor Re-elected to AMA Board of Trustees

David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, a family physician from Mountain Grove, Mo., was elected today to a second term on the governing board of the AMA.

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Robert M. Wah, MD, Elected President-Elect of AMA

Retired Navy medical corp captain will become AMA president in June 2014.

June 18, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies on Second Day of Voting at Annual Meeting

The AMA voted today during its Annual Meeting to adopt the following new policies.

June 17, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Adopts New Policies on First Day of Voting at Annual Meeting

The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization, voted today during its Annual Meeting to adopt the following new policies.

June 17, 2013 - AMA Press Release

New AMA Study: Patients Responsible for Nearly One-quarter of the Medical Bill

Patients are responsible for nearly one-quarter of the medical bill, according to the findings released today from the AMA's sixth annual check-up of health insurers and their patterns for processing and paying medical claims.

June 17, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: High Court Sides with Greater Oversight of Pay-For-Delay Agreements

The AMA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today confirming that the Federal Trade Commission has the authority to challenge anti-competitive market barriers that deny patients access to affordable generic medications.

June 14, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Awards $11M to Transform the Way Future Physicians Are Trained

Eleven medical school awardees become part of AMA learning consortium to rapidly disseminate best practices.

June 13, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Congratulates Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, on Her Success in Improving Public Health

The AMA is very pleased to congratulate Regina Benjamin, MD, on her successful tenure as U.S. Surgeon General.

June 13, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Welcomes an End to Human Gene Patents

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous rejection of patenting human genes is a clear victory for patients that will expand medical discovery and preserve access to innovative diagnosis and treatment options.

June 12, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA to Hold Webinars on Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

Free webinars will provide an overview of urine drug testing and a multidimensional approach to chronic pain treatment.

June 11, 2013 - AMA Press Release

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Physicians in Arbitration Dispute with Health Insurer

AMA and MSNJ support the contractual rights of physicians

May 16, 2013 - AMA Press Release

2012 Annual Report Showcases AMA’s Work to Create a Better Health Care Future for Physicians, Patients, Nation

Reports Membership Increase of More Than Three Percent and 13th Straight Year of Operating Profits

May 15, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds Confirmation of CMS Administrator Tavenner

The AMA is very pleased that the Senate has confirmed Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of CMS.

May 7, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA to Hold Webinar on Risk-Benefit Assessment for Opioid Prescribing

The AMA will host a free webinar to help physicians better understand the importance of risk-benefit assessments when prescribing opioids to patients with chronic pain.

May 6, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA commends Georgia as the first state to adopt legal safeguards for physicians engaged in quality improvement

The AMA commends Georgia lawmakers for enacting legal protections for physicians engaged in quality and delivery improvement initiatives included in the federal health care reform law.

April 23, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: Marilyn Tavenner Should be Confirmed as CMS Administrator

The AMA strongly urges the U.S. Senate to swiftly confirm Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

April 23, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Wondering What To Do With Unused or Expired Drugs?

The AMA encourages patients to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27 to safely dispose of their unused or expired prescription drugs.

April 22, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Unveils First Phase of Improving Health Outcomes Initiative: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

The AMA announced the first phase of its new multi-year, multi-million dollar improving health outcomes (IHO) initiative: preventing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and improving health outcomes for those with these conditions.

April 15, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: Put an End to Human Gene Patents

The American Medical Association urges the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent irreparable harm to patient care by upholding the legal limits on human gene patents.

April 10, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Pleased President’s Budget Includes Moving to Accountable Payment Models in Medicare

Physicians’ organization opposes proposals to strengthen IPAB, cut medical education funding.

April 1, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Medical Students Hold Week of Wellness April 1-7 to Promote Healthy Behaviors

AMA medical students today announced the start to the fourth annual “Week of Wellness,” focusing on improving patient health and wellness across the nation.

March 25, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA and MAG Support Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s Defense of Prompt-Pay Law

The AMA and the Medical Association of Georgia have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in federal court backing Georgia's authority to regulate unfair business practices by companies hired to pay medical bills.

March 19, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Selects 31 Bold Medical Education Proposals to Continue to the Next Phase of $10M Initiative

The AMA has announced that 31 innovative proposals have been selected from the initial pool of 119 applicants to move forward in the AMA's $10 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.

March 15, 2013 - AMA Statement

On Match Day, AMA Calls for Additional Residency Positions to Address Physician Shortage

Today, on Match Day, thousands of medical students will learn where they will complete their graduate medical education (GME), known as residency training.

March 12, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Recognizes National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Offers web-based educational program on hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes to physicians.

March 1, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: Sequestration Cuts Cause Real Pain for Medicare Patients, Physicians

Our lawmakers have failed to act, and Medicare patients and physicians will now feel real pain in the form of new cuts that come at an already difficult time for the nation's economy.

Feb. 26, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Honors Life of Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD

The passing of C. Everett Koop, MD, gives us an opportunity to reflect on the positive, lasting impact he had on the health of our nation.

Feb. 26, 2013 - AMA Press Release

American Medical Association and McKesson Team Up to Bring Transparency and Clarity to Molecular Diagnostic Testing

New Initiative Will Support Robust Decision-making and Innovation as Advanced Diagnostic Testing Rapidly Grows.

Feb. 22, 2013 - AMA Press Release

Tremendous Response to AMA Medical Education Initiative Demonstrates Strong Desire for Transformative Change

More than 80 percent of medical schools submit proposals to lead innovative, new ideas.

Feb. 15, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA and Others Support Physician Fight for Autonomy

Medical staff has the right to make patient care decisions free of hospital interference.

Feb. 12, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Honors Seven with Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service in Health Care

2013 Dr. Nathan Davis Awards recognize seven for outstanding government service.

Feb. 13, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

The AMA agrees with President Obama that we must all work together to end senseless acts of gun violence in our nation and support our returning veterans with mental health care services.

Feb. 12, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Physicians Frame Conversation on Health Care Issues on Eve of State of the Union Address

AMA gathers hundreds of physicians and medical students from around the nation together at the National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Feb. 6, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Schwartz, Heck Bill to Repeal SGR

The AMA thanks Rep. Allyson Schwartz and Rep. Joe Heck for their continued leadership and commitment to ending the failed Medicare physician payment formula known as the SGR.

Feb. 6, 2013 - AMA Statement

New AMA Report Offers Principles for Patient Safety After Hospital Stays

Experts provide guidance on reducing hospital readmissions when transitioning patients from inpatient to outpatient settings.

Feb. 5, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: New CBO Score Shows Now is the Time to Eliminate SGR

We welcome the news from the CBO that the cost of permanently replacing the flawed Medicare physician payment formula, known as SGR, has decreased dramatically.

Feb. 4, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Urges Congress: Retain Funding for Residency Programs, Increase Training Positions to Address Doctor Shortage

Medical student advocacy day, new website part of campaign to protect graduate medical education.

Feb. 1, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Statement on Final Physician Payment Sunshine Act Rule

"The AMA will carefully review the new Physician Payment Sunshine Act rule," said AMA President Jeremy Lazarus, MD.

Jan. 31, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds CMS Announcement of Bundled Care Initiative Participants

The AMA applauds CMS’ announcement of the first participants in the new bundled payments for care improvement initiative.

Jan. 30, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Joins Other Groups Seeking to Overturn Pay-for-Delay Drug Agreements

The AMA has joined with the AARP and other organizations in filing a friend-of-the court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to remove barriers to affordable generic medications.

Jan. 23, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds Bipartisan House Bill to Repeal IPAB

The AMA is pleased that legislation to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) has been introduced in the House with bipartisan support by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D.

Jan. 22, 2013 - AMA Press Release

New CPT Codes Support Medicare Payment for Care Coordination

Medicare is now accepting newly created CPT codes for care coordination to pay physicians for the management of patients who have recently been discharged from a hospital or skilled nursing facility.

Jan. 17, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Enhances Genetic Testing Registry

CPT codes for molecular pathology tests to be added as a reference.

Jan. 17, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Announces $10 Million Initiative to Change the Way Future Physicians Are Trained

Invites medical schools to submit proposals for bold, innovative projects to transform medical education.

Jan. 14, 2013 - AMA Press Release

AMA Comments on Meaningful Use Stage 3 EHR Program

Recommends changes to make meaningful use program more reasonable and achievable.

Jan. 10, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA Applauds Creation of New Medicare ACOs

The AMA is pleased that CMS has announced the creations of 106 new Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs), many of which will be physician-led.

Jan. 1, 2013 - AMA Statement

AMA: Last-Minute Action to Avert Cuts to Physicians Shows the Need for Meaningful Medicare Changes

Congress averted a drastic cut of 26.5 percent from hitting physicians who care for Medicare patients on January 1. This patch temporarily alleviates the problem, but Congress’ work is not complete.