The American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) convened virtually once again in mid-November for its Interim Meeting. The meeting ran for 4.5 days, in addition to virtual caucus meetings throughout the 2 weeks leading up to it. The meeting covered a wide range of important, timely topics currently affecting health care in the United States.
AANEM was represented at the meeting by delegates Bill Pease, MD, and Bill David, MD, PhD, alternate delegate John Kincaid, MD, and Millie Suk, JD, MPP, AANEM staff liaison. The AANEM works closely with the delegations from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). Drs. Pease, David, and Kincaid also maintain close ties with their state and regional delegations. The AANEM also participates in the Neurosciences Caucus, which consists of the specialty societies concerned with the nervous system.
The HOD tackled a number of other important and timely health policy issues, many of which related to the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the healthcare system, as well as issues surrounding health disparities. Resolutions aimed at addressing public health misinformation, expanding home and community-based services, and limiting issuance of medical exemptions for vaccines to licensed physicians, are some of the issues directly related to the pandemic. The House also addressed many other pressing issues, such as including medical cannabis information in prescription drug-monitoring programs (PDMPs), stopping insurers from wrongly charging for electronic funds transfers (EFTs), and improving care for dual-eligible (Medicare and Medicaid) patients. The AMA website
contains a detailed list of all of the major topics covered during the session.
The HOD will reconvene for its Annual Meeting in June 2022 (hopefully, in-person) in Chicago, IL.