2015 American Medical Association Annual Meeting
During the 2015 American Medical Association Annual Meeting, the AMA House of Delegates (the principal policy-making body of the AMA) will convene to debate and vote on a host of measures. The meeting will also feature CME activities on trending healthcare topics, events for residents and students, and more.
In what could be a tough political fight, members of the American Medical Association's House of Delegates today passed a resolution authorizing a campaign to get all states to ban philosophical and religious beliefs as grounds for opting out of routine vaccinations. Only medical exemptions should be allowed, the delgates agreed.
The American Medical Association has invested between $10 and $15 million in a practice-management software program that it hopes will put the love back in practicing medicine. But so far the program has not developed guidelines to help physicians cope with ICD-10, the mandatory switch to knew billing codes that the AMA's incoming president concedes will be "a traumatic experience."
The FDA rightfully cracked down on compounding pharmacies under a 2013 law brought on by 64 deaths traced to contaminated drugs at a dirty compounding facility. But physicians are concerned the FDA's new powers could end in-office compounding for individual patients, a common practice in many medical specialities.
The Congressional repeal of the Medicare sustained growth rate formula for calculating doctors' payments has the American Medical Association energized and ready to push for more reform. First up is trying to delay or stop the implementation of a new billing code system the group says will be costly for its members. It's known as ICD-10.
The American Medical Association's 538 delegates will convene in Chicago, Il June 6-10. Vaccination policy, the ethics of doctors promoting unproven remedies, transgender military medical care, and are sunglasses sufficiently regulated are just of few of the 250 topics due to come up for discussion.