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Monday, June 24, 2013

AMA HOUSE ENDORSES TMA POLICY PROPOSALS

Texas physicians took six resolutions to the American Medical Association House of Delegates annual meeting in Chicago and won positive responses on all six. Unfortunately, we didn’t fare quite so well in the elections, as Austin anesthesiologist Joe Annis, MD, lost an extremely close race for AMA president-elect to Robert Wah, MD, an OB-Gyn from Maryland. On the six Texas resolutions, the house:
  • Agreed that AMA needs to provide more detail on its positions of various pieces of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and directed the AMA Board of Trustees to issue a report by November that focuses specifically on the budgetary, coverage, and physician-practice impacts of the law;
  • Agreed with our call for a plan to simplify — and remove potential legal landmines from — the Medicare opt-out process;
  • Directed AMA to push to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps to 46 million Americans;
  • Approved our recommendation that the Bridges to Excellence program should align the time periods of its recognition program with those of the National Committee on Quality Assurance recognition programs;
  • Asked for more study on initiatives promoting open access to scientific literature; and
  • Called for further research into what vendors and government agencies need to do to make it easier for physicians to transfer data from one electronic medical record system to another.  

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