AMA Meets at Policy Confab, Preps Vote on Reform Provision

June 20, 2011
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The AMA’s annual policy meeting is happening this week at its headquarters in Chicago. The organization, which is meeting this week to debate policy points including whether to refine its stance on the individual mandate provision of the reform law, disclosed membership numbers yesterday. Citing a loss of approximately 12000 physician members last year, the org says that its controversial support of the reform law in its complete form, didn’t help matters much.

The AMA’s annual policy meeting is happening this week at its headquarters in Chicago. The organization, which is meeting this week to debate policy points including whether to refine its stance on the individual mandate provision of the reform law, disclosed membership numbers yesterday. Citing a loss of approximately 12000 physician members last year, the org says that its controversial support of the reform law in its complete form, didn’t help matters much.

An uptick in rolls in state medical societies and other national professional societies, perhaps in part over some members’ ideological differences over the past few years with the AMA, was also a factor. The voices of physicians opposed to the AMA’s current stance on the individual mandate continue to grow in volume as some groups are calling for alternatives to ensure access and “innovation” of quality healthcare delivery via the use of tax credits and other “noncompulsory” methods of patient incentivization as part of care access. The vote on the mandate is expected on Wednesday this week. | LINK

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