Some of medicine’s thorniest issues received serious attention last week when the American Medical Association House of Delegates met in Dallas. The delegates:
- Adopted new policy that maintenance of certification (MOC) exams should be evidence-based and relevant to clinical practice, and not be a “mandated requirement for licensure, credentialing, payment, network participation or employment.”
- Called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend all penalties for failing to meet meaningful use criteria.
- Said the states need to continue to be the enforcers of inadequate network rules for health insurance plans and called on insurers to publish “accurate, complete directories of participating physicians” on paper and electronically. Plans with inadequate networks, the house said, should “treat patient visits to out-of-network physicians the same as in-network visits.”
- Said minors should not be allowed to buy e-cigarettes.
- Backed interstate compacts to make it easier for physicians to obtain licenses in multiple states.