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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The AMA is Lurking and Lurching



The American Medical Association checked in and made a comment about my last posting.  The Good news is that I know someone out there is reading my  stuff. My post was about commentary published on SERMO for their fifth anniversary in regard to the AMA and it’s relationship with physicians.  It has been disseminated by many that the AMA represents 33% or less of physicians.

You can  see the comments at my last post, or I will insert a few catchy PR mission statements  here. Actually the comments were made on Medpedia a blog aggregating service.



In all fairness I will publish the entire comment sent to me from the AMA.

“As the nation’s largest physician organization, the American Medical Association welcomes the diversity of physician opinions, but falsehoods and conspiracy theories do nothing to advance the common goals physicians share. The AMA’s support for the health reform law was based on it meeting a majority of strong principles, particularly expanding coverage to millions more Americans, that reflected policies established by medicine’s broadest forum of physicians with members from every state and specialty. The AMA has made expanding health coverage to all Americans a top priority and we made clear that this law, while historic, was a starting point and that Congress would still need to act on vital issues important to patients and physicians. Day in and day out, AMA is working hard to provide physicians with the advocacy and practical tools they need to care for patients and lead enhancements to our health system. In the past year alone, AMA has spurred improvements in the insurance industry’s chaotic payment system by exposing flaws and waste, helped physicians recoup millions in short-changed insurance payments, given physicians a powerful tool for negotiating fair contracts with insurers and held insurance companies accountable for questionable business practices.”

Perhaps we misjudge the AMA.

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