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Monday, June 2, 2008

TEXAS SENDING TWO CANDIDATES, THREE RESOLUTIONS TO AMA

A pair of Texas physician leaders is running, so far unopposed, for office at this month’s meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates. Jim Rohack, MD, a former TMA president, is running for AMA president-elect, and Texas Delegation Chair Sue Rudd Bailey, MD, is seeking reelection to the AMA Council on Medical Education. The meeting is June 14-18 in Chicago. We’ll blog about all the action. We’re also taking three resolutions that the TMA House of Delegates passed in May. They would:
  • Ask AMA to help physicians move toward e-prescribing, such as by winning approval to remove the requirement that physicians handwrite “brand medically necessary” on Medicaid prescriptions.
  • Urge Congress to increase penalties for using health savings accounts for nonmedical purposes.
  • Have AMA hold all its meetings at completely smoke-free facilities, “within all reasonable means.”

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