The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) met in Chicago, IL on June 6-10, 2015 for its annual meeting. Important issues reviewed by the HOD included: banning non-medical exemptions for immunizations, opposition to Medicare’s three-day hospital stay rule, encouraging physician involvement in the development of MOC/MOL requirements, and requesting a two-year grace period for ICD-10. In regards to the two-year grace period, physicians are invited to send an email to their legislators requesting their support as the transition to ICD-10 gets under way this fall. The AMA drafted an editable sample email that you can send directly to legislators from the AMA website: https://www.votervoice.net/AMA/campaigns/41309/respond
The AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) submitted its update to the AMA’s foundational document, the Code of Medical Ethics
. The update process that began in 2008 is the first such thorough review in over 60 years. In addition to reviewing each Opinion, CEJA reorganized the Opinions into a “more intuitive chapter structure to ensure that guidance is easy to find, easy to read, and easy to apply.” After much discussion and debate by delegates, the document was sent back for further revision. All AMA members are invited to review the document and offer comments through its online forum (www.ama-assn.org/go/cejaforum
AANEM was represented at the meeting by Bill Pease, MD, delegate, and Enrica Arnaudo, MD, PhD, alternate delegate. The AANEM works closely with the delegations from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Drs. Pease and Arnaudo also maintain close ties with their state delegations, Ohio and Delaware. The AANEM also participates in the Neurosciences Caucus, which consists of the Specialty Societies concerned with the nervous system. Of additional note, Claire Wolfe, an AANEM member and past president of the association, was elected as the delegate for the newly formed Senior Physicians Section.
The meeting concluded with the inauguration of Steven J. Stack
, MD, an emergency physician from Lexington, KY, as the 170th president of the AMA. At the age of 43, Dr. Stack is the youngest president of the AMA since 1854.
The AANEM delegation is looking forward to the interim meeting of the HOD this November in Atlanta, GA.