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The Future of Health Care


Future of Health Care2013 AMA House of Delegates Meeting

What does the future of health care look like? Attendees discussed just that during the June 2013 American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) annual meeting. Over 150 resolutions were introduced, ranging from requests to create new policy on the health costs of hydraulic fracing to recognizing obesity as a disease. AANEM co-sponsored a resolution introduced by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s delegation to create an AMA policy that ensures primary care medical homes are accessible for people with disabilities. Although slightly modified during committee discussion, this resolution was adopted by the entire HOD. 

The annual meeting included an opportunity for attendees to listen to several presenters who spoke on the changes taking place today that will help transition the future of medicine to a more affordable system where patients are healthier. Vibrant discussions on scope-of-practice issues, along with the unveiling of model legislative language for physician-led teams, also were included in the five-day event. 

The AANEM was represented by John Kincaid, MD (delegate), William Pease, MD (alternate delegate), and Catherine French (staff). 

The meeting ended with a call to action from incoming AMA President Ardis Hoven, who challenged physicians to not just sit back and witness the changes in health care, but to become involved and help shape those changes. "Today we stand at a crossroads in the history of health care in this great nation," she said. "Let's never forget the future of American health care is in our hands."

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