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Monday, November 19, 2012


The American Medical Association House of Delegates took significant action at its 2012 interim meeting to address some of medicine’s most pressing problems. Delegates completed a multi-year plan by adopting a framework to transition Medicare to a defined contribution program that would allow beneficiaries to either buy coverage of their choice from a wide variety of plans or stay in the traditional Medicare system. The new AMA Principles for Physician Employment should be helpful for young doctors coming out of residency and fellowship with no training on the business side of medicine. After winning a one-year delay in the mandatory implementation of the ICD-10 coding system, AMA delegates voted to “vigorously advocate” with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make the change permanent. And Texan Pat Hyer, president of the AMA Alliance, won a standing ovation when she told the house, “With the uncertainty about the future of medicine, there is no greater time than now to join the AMA Alliance.”

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