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Monday, November 11, 2013

NEW FORBES BLOG POST LEADS TO AMA RESOLUTION

I’ve really enjoyed writing the series of health care policy blogs for Forbes.com with Tim Norbeck, the CEO of The Physicians Foundation. Our most recent post, “Healthcare Is Turning Into An Industry Focused On Compliance, Regulation Rather Than Patient Care,” discusses the growth of what we call “the medical-industrial complex.” This complex is concerned, above all, with creating, enforcing, and compliance with government regulations of medical practice. A previous Physicians Foundation white paper, and the recent RAND Corporation study commissioned by the American Medical Association, focus on how this overregulation is damaging physicians’ morale and hurting health care in this country. To begin to combat this hyperregulation, which we cited extensively in TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020 document, the Texas Delegation to the AMA House of Delegates will carry an emergency resolution to the house meeting next week. Our resolution will call on AMA to convene “a multidisciplinary, multispecialty panel of practicing physicians and practice managers to scientifically assess the cost and benefit of the myriad regulations physicians face today.” The purpose of the panel will be to focus AMA advocacy to keep what’s working and fix what’s not.

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