American Medical Association Annual Meeting

Docs to AMA: Fix Everything

June 11, 2015

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After discussing nearly 250 issues, delegates to the AMA's annual meeting left the organization with a towering to-do list. Here's a wrap-up of MD Magazine's on-site coverage of the June 6-10 meeting in Chicago.

Doctors Call for More Data on Fracking, Pipelines

June 10, 2015

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The American Medical Association is calling for full disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, citing a need for further study about potential public health impacts of the practice.

AMA Says Government, Payers Must Ensure Affordability of Hepatitis C Drugs

June 10, 2015

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As the market for Hepatitis C treatments continues to grow, the American Medical Association is calling for the government and payers to do more to ensure new therapies are affordable.

AMA: Lacrosse Helmets Common Sense

June 09, 2015

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A flying lacrosse ball weighs more than 5 lbs and goes about 60 mph in the girls' version of the sport. Despite objections that there have been no definitive studies showing wearing headgear protects players, the AMA wants sports authorities to require girls teams to wear helmets.

AMA Tackles Gun Violence, Physician Free Speech

June 09, 2015

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The American Medical Association's House of Delegates discussed the collision of physicians' free speech rights with patients' rights to privacy Monday. They also weighed whether to support universal background checks for gun purchases and distributing NRA gun safety literature to patients.

AMA's New President Aims to Lower Burnout Rates

June 09, 2015

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The new president of the American Medical Association is the group's youngest president in 160 years. He plans to focus on public health, revamping medical education, and reducing burnout during his term.

Docs Honor, Mourn Slain Surgeon

June 09, 2015

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The violent death of Boston, MA cardiac surgeon Michael Davidson Jan. 20 was much on the minds of physicians at the AMA's meeting in Chicago. Davidson was honored in a memorial and the delegates resolved to lobby for ways to protect physicians from such assaults.

Doctors Leery of Forming Super PAC

June 09, 2015

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On Tuesday, the American Medical Association's House of Delegates debated the wisdom of forming a so-called Super PAC to help influence elections. However, the idea raised a number of concerns.

US Military's Transgender Ban Has No Medical Basis, AMA Says

June 09, 2015

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The American Medical Association on Monday called the military's policy of excluding transgender service members "out of date."

Cannabis Docs Need Immunity, AMA Says

June 09, 2015

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Despite assurances from the Obama administration that physicians who provide marijuana to patients for therapeutic use in states where that is legal will not face federal prosecution, the AMA is calling for a law. They want an ironclad guarantee these doctors will have legal immunity.

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