AMA in the News

AMA in the News: March 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. Trump expected to sign order unleashing coronavirus funding

    1. Politico, March 13, 2020
    2. Three medical groups — the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Medical Association — sent a letter to the White House on Thursday urging Trump to declare an emergency to give the Department of Health and Human Services authority to take additional actions, such as waiving certain Medicare, Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements.
  2. AMA fast-tracks code to bill for coronavirus testing

    1. Modern Healthcare, March 11, 2020
    2. In addition to claims processing, a standard novel coronavirus code can be used for research and resource planning down the line, according to AMA President Patrice Harris, MD. "By streamlining the flow of information on novel coronavirus testing, a new CPT code facilitates the reporting, measuring, analyzing, researching, and benchmarking that is necessary to help guide the nation's response to the public health emergency," she said in a statement. (Publication subscription is required for full or unlimited access.)
  3. New Data Rules Could Empower Patients but Undermine Their Privacy

    1. The New York Times, March 10, 2020
    2. “App frequently do not provide patients with clear terms of how that data will be used — licensing patients’ data for marketing purposes, leasing or lending aggregated personal information to third parties, or outright selling it,” Dr. James L. Madara, the chief executive of the American Medical Association, wrote in public comments to health regulators last year. “These practices jeopardize patient privacy, commoditize an individual’s most sensitive information and threaten patient willingness to utilize technology to manage their health.” (Publication subscription is required for full or unlimited access.)
  4. AMA to review HHS' finalized interoperability rules

    1. Becker's Hospital Review, March 10, 2020
    2. The American Medical Association on March 9 announced it will "undertake aggressive action" over the next few weeks to review HHS' finalized interoperability rules and ensure the regulations meet the needs of patients and physicians. (Publication subscription is required for full or unlimited access.)
  5. CMS and ONC Release Final Interoperability Rules

    1. Medscape, March 10, 2020
    2. Medical associations have been more receptive to the regulation. In a statement released on March 9, the American Medical Association (AMA) said it had engaged regularly with policy makers on elements of the ONC rule. However, the AMA noted it would closely monitor the implementation of the rule in areas such as privacy, gag clauses in vendor contracts that prevent physicians from publicizing problems with their EHRs and the exceptions to the information blocking provisions. (Free registration is required to view content.)
  6. HHS finalizes patient health data, interoperability rules

    1. Medical Economics, March 9, 2020
    2. “The AMA has been advocating on behalf of physicians and patients for over 10 years to ensure EHR usability, interoperability, and patient data and safety are top concerns when government agencies develop new policies,” said AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD. “We applied this knowledge and momentum as we worked with CMS and ONC in anticipation of today’s release of the final rule. As the AMA reviews the new rules, we will pay special attention to policies aimed at creating efficiencies in data exchange, reduction in physician burden and patient control over and access to their data.”