AMA in the News

AMA in the News: January 2020

AMA in the News covers media coverage and mentions about the American Medical Association. Find articles recognizing our efforts in health care, advocacy, medical education and improvements in public health. Read coverage on the achievements of our leadership and the members of the AMA community.

  1. What big tech companies aren't saying about HHS data rules

    1. POLITICO Pro, Jan. 9, 2020
    2. The American Medical Association, for instance, cited a study that found 81 percent of a sample of 36 smoking cessation and depression apps were sending data to Google and Facebook. Fewer than half disclosed this to consumers. (Publication subscription is required for full or unlimited access.)
  2. What’s the economic cost of physician burnout?

    1. Forbes, Jan. 9, 2020
    2. Even though physician burnout is widespread, it’s difficult to put a price tag on the phenomenon in a way that medical institutions can understand. In past research, Goh focused on calculating the cost of workplace stress on medical costs in the US. That led Christine Sinsky, vice president of the American Medical Association, to contact Goh to ask if he could calculate the medical costs of stress experienced by doctors themselves. Sinsky is one of the authors of the latest paper.
  3. Facebook just wants to help (itself)

    1. The Atlantic, Jan. 8, 2020
    2. “Physicians swear an oath to keep an individual’s data confidential,” Jesse Ehrenfeld, chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, told me over email. “There’s currently no such obligation for technology companies and data aggregators or the data brokers to whom they might sell information.” (Publication subscription is required for full or unlimited access.)
  4. Latest FDA clinical decision support software draft a step forward, industry says

    1. Healthcare Dive, Jan. 8, 2020
    2. The American Medical Association wrote reliance on software exempted under the IMDRF's risk framework approach to non-serious conditions could "lead to the proliferation of CDS tools for 'non-serious conditions' that are faulty, inaccurate, and without validation, potentially leading to patient harm."
  5. With partial flavor ban, Trump splits the difference on vaping

    1. The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2020
    2. “If we are serious about tackling this epidemic and keeping these harmful products out of the hands of young people,” the association said in a statement, “a total ban on all flavored e-cigarettes — in all forms and at all locations — is prudent and urgently needed.” It also said it was “disappointed that menthol flavors — one of the most popular — will still be allowed.” (Publication subscription is required for full or unlimited access.)
  6. Some flavored e-cigarette pods to be pulled from market, except for menthol, tobacco

    1., Jan. 2, 2020
    2. “The Administration’s new policy to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic by limiting flavors in some vaping products is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough," Dr. Patrice Harris, president of the American Medical Association wrote in a statement. "The AMA is disappointed that menthol flavors — one of the most popular — will still be allowed, and that flavored e-liquids­ ­will remain on the market."