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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

TEXANS HEAD TO CHICAGO FOR AMA MEETING


Health system reform, errors caused by entering orders on computers, electronic health records (EHRs), and change in the American Medical Association meeting schedule are the subjects of four resolutions our Texas Delegation to the AMA will take to the AMA Annual Meeting June 16-20 in Chicago. The TMA House of Delegates approved the resolutions at TexMed 2012 last month.
The resolutions ask AMA to:
  • Be ready to work for new health system reforms if the Supreme Court throws out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;
  • Study the potential increase in errors caused by hospitals and clinics adopting computerized physician order entry systems and suggest possible alternatives;
  • Analyze the current cost and/or benefit of implementing an EHR system to determine if it produces a financial return and improves quality of care, and advocate that those who benefit the most financially share fairly in the implementation costs; and
  • Revise AMA meetings to make them more efficient.
In addition, former TMA President Sue Bailey, MD, of Fort Worth, is running unopposed for reelection as vice speaker of the AMA house. Former TMA Board of Trustees Chair Carolyn Evans, MD, of Dallas, is running for a seat on the AMA Board of Trustees. Asa Lockhart, MD, of Tyler, is one of five candidates, including one incumbent, running for two open seats on the Council on Medical Service.
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