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Monday, June 18, 2012

TEXANS TAKE CHARGE AT AMA HOUSE

The Texans, it seemed, were everywhere at the AMA House of Delegates meeting. From Dr. Bailey on the dais as vice speaker to Texas physicians serving on — and running — reference committees to Texans offering testimony and introducing resolutions, the Lone Star twang was thick in the Windy City. Beaumont orthopedic surgeon David Teuscher, MD, launched the Texas show as he laid out a resolution that would combine AMA’s three yearly meetings into two, with the House of Delegates meeting once a year in Washington to advance the association’s lobby agenda. “I want to see a sea of white coats at the Capitol,” Dr. Teuscher said. The resolution calls on the AMA Board of Trustees to report in six months “on the logistics of inviting all American physicians, spouses, patients, and leaders, and members of state and specialty societies to participate in the newly reformatted annual advocacy meeting in Washington.” Drs. Gary Floyd of Fort Worth and Bob Morrow of Sugar Land presented TMA’s three other resolutions (video). Three Texas physicians served on House of Delegates reference committees, which take testimony on all reports and resolutions and then make recommendations for the full house to consider later in the week. Lyle Thorstenson, MD, an ophthalmologist from Nacogdoches and chair of the Texas Delegation to the AMA, continued his two-year service as chair of the Reference Committee on AMA Finance and Governance. Needville family physician Art Klawitter, MD, and John Gill, MD, an orthopedic surgeon from Dallas, both sat on the Reference Committee on Legislation.

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