Advocating for Patients and Physicians

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health plans to cover certain preventive health care services with no cost to the patient, but this ACA benefit is limited. Physicians detail educational tools, insurance plan designs, and advocacy initiatives that can help.

8 ways to promote affordable access to high-value care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health plans to cover certain preventive health care services with no cost to the patient, but this ACA benefit is limited. Physicians detail educational tools, insurance plan designs, and advocacy initiatives that can help.

AMA seeks more data on physician, medical student suicide

Citing the high rate of suicide completion among medical professionals when compared with the general population and work-related stress as a risk factor for doctors, delegates called for a better understanding of patterns linked to physician suicide.

What does the label say? Physicians seek transparency

Stronger background-check system needed for gun purchases

A new policy aimed at promoting access to affordable prescription drugs by low-income patients receiving care from the federal 340B program was adopted by the AMA House of Delegates at the 2018 AMA Interim Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.

AMA: Fix hospital eligibility criteria for drug-discount program

Vaping is an epidemic and the FDA must act, physicians say

AMA backs in-person import of Canadian Rx if safety is assured

How physicians should approach hard calls involving child patients

Barbara L. McAneny, MD, told delegates at the opening session of the 2018 AMA Interim Meeting how the AMA is fighting the forces that make the U.S. health system so dysfunctional in areas such as prior authorization, industry consolidation and EHRs.

AMA president: Create system that values health over money, power

Doctors as disruptors? AMA CEO says medicine’s future demands it

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas as a Category 4 storm in 2017, clinical anesthesiologist G. Ray Callas, MD, worked without rest to help those affected. His outstanding efforts earned him the AMA Medal of Valor. The award is given to an AMA member who demonstrates courage under extraordinary circumstances in nonwartime situations. Dr. Callas, from Beaumont, Texas, was one of seven physicians and others honored.

AMA Medal of Valor goes for Texas doctor’s Hurricane Harvey service