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Monday, June 3, 2013

TMA TO AMA: COME CLEAN ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

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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