- Adopted language directly from TMA’s Texas Medicare Manifesto stating that “health care reform must include replacing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with a Medicare physician payment system that automatically keeps pace with the cost of running a practice, and is backed by a fair, stable funding formula;”
- Included strong support for effective medical liability reform; and
- Opposed unscientific measurements of physicians’ clinical outcomes and the establishment of a new Medicare bureaucracy that could set payment rates without congressional approval.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
AMA HOUSE STICKS TO PRO-REFORM POSITION
Despite calls from a vocal minority to the contrary, the American Medical Association House of Delegates backed the organization’s position in support of health system reform. “The time to make health system reform a reality is now,” said AMA President Jim Rohack, MD. The house adopted language requiring AMA to “actively and publicly” oppose or support certain details of reform legislation (PDF), pushing AMA leaders to stay true to existing association policy. “We shouldn’t have to move around in secret in the halls of Capitol Hill,” said Peter Levine, MD, a delegate from Washington, D.C. We should be leading and not hiding behind the shadows of people in Washington.” During extensive debate, the delegates:
Posted by Steve Levine at 3:21 PM