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Monday, February 25, 2008

AMA CATCHES HEAT FOR STANDING TOUGH

When you run with the big dogs, sometimes you get a bite taken out of your hide. That’s what happened to the American Medical Association in Washington. You may have read a story recently that inaccurately said AMA lobbyists have been frozen out of discussions with the Senate Finance Committee. With our strong encouragement, AMA took a tough stand on Medicare reform. That ruffled some feathers, and an anonymous, high-ranking congressional aide whose feathers were ruffled managed to get an ask-no-questions Capitol Hill reporter to write the story. AMA needs to keep fighting and taking tough stances for physicians. Our Texas Medicare Manifesto insists that Congress enact a rational Medicare physician payment system that automatically keeps up with the cost of running a practice and is backed by a stable funding source. As long as AMA works together with TMA and other states to further this goal, we all can expect to ruffle some of those sensitive Capitol Hill feathers. That’s a price we’re willing to pay.

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