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Monday, June 3, 2013


As we move closer to full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), TMA is asking the American Medical Association to prepare a report on “identifying the portions of the PPACA that are in accordance with AMA policy and those that are not, including a review of the costs for full implementation of the PPACA.” We’re also asking AMA to prepare “analyses (including relevant AMA policy and public positions) of all aspects of the [law] that could harm patients’ access to care and/or dilute physician autonomy.” The Texas delegation is taking the resolution to the AMA House of Delegates, acting on a proposal the TMA House of Delegates approved. Rob Tenery, MD, of Dallas, a former TMA president, first brought forward the plan. Other resolutions we’re taking to the AMA meeting in Chicago, June 14-19, include:
  • A plan to simplify — and remove potential legal landmines from — the Medicare opt-out process;
  • A call for AMA to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps to 46 million Americans;
  • A resolution in support of initiatives promoting open access to scientific literature;
  • A proposal for the Bridges to Excellence program to align its recognition program validation periods with those of the National Committee on Quality Assurance recognition programs; and
  • A call for AMA to work with vendors and government agencies to make it easier for physicians to transfer data from one electronic medical record system to another.  

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