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Monday, May 19, 2014

TEXAS TAKES TWO CANDIDATES, SIX RESOLUTIONS TO AMA HOUSE OF DELEGATES

The Texas Delegation will have plenty of work to do when the American Medical Association House of Delegates convenes in Chicago next month. Actually, it looks like we can put a checkmark in the “done” box for one of our chores. Tyler anesthesiologist Asa Lockhart, MD, is running for the Council on Medical Service, and there are only four announced candidates for the four seats up for grabs. However, Russ Kridel, MD, of Houston is one of eight men and women seeking five seats on the AMA Board of Trustees. We’re also carrying six resolutions from the Texas house to the AMA: 

  • Work to prevent recoupments if an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace insurer has not notified the physician that a patient is in the last 60 days of the grace period for not paying his or her premiums;
  •  Push for a federal law requiring insurers to provide real-time claims adjudication;
  •  Have the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs issue rulings on whether AMA’s continued support for parts of the ACA violates the AMA Code of Medical Ethics;
  • Commission a study to compare the federal estimates of direct and indirect costs attributable to the Physician Quality Reporting System, meaningful use, and ICD-10 with the actual time and costs required by physicians to comply with these mandates;
  •  Organize an official protest of the “immediate-use” exception to the United States Pharmacopeia Chapter 797 guidelines on sterile compounding; and
  • Eliminate the law requiring private sector laboratories to report to Medicare their payment rates for lab tests.

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