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AMA's Opinion: Certification, E-Cigs, and Guns
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 06:50 AM

The AMA's House of Delegates drew the line on this year's hot button topic -- maintenance of certification (MOC), saying it should not be mandatory, nor should it be a condition of licensure.  Certain aspects of the MOC/MOL process are not physician-friendly. The desire is  to make MOC/MOL less of an obstacle and more of a way to ensure high quality standards.

The House voted on a combination of three resolutions and one board of trustees report. The report, opposing mandatory MOC in favor of self-regulation, was approved by the house.

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Not Your Parent's School Nurse
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 06:56 AM

Although the school nurse is a familiar figure, school-based healthcare is unfamiliar territory to many medical professionals, operating in a largely separate healthcare universe from other community-based medical services.  Now, as both schools and healthcare systems seek to ensure that children coping with chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma get the comprehensive, coordinated care the students need, the schools and health systems are forming partnerships to better integrate their services. In these projects, some funded by the health law, school health professionals gain access to students' electronic health records and/or specialists and other health system resources.

School nurses today do a lot more than bandage skinned knees. They administer vaccines and medications, help diabetic students monitor their blood sugar, and prepare teachers to handle a student's seizure or asthma attack, among many other things.

 

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2014 Convention Photos
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:00 AM

 NEW CONVENTION PHOTOS:

  Golf Tournament Sandwich Lunch

 

 

 

     
   
Preliminary

 

 

Preliminary Photographs from Convention

Thursday night began with a Jazz Duo and a good sized crowd!

 

 

 

 

 

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AMA Convention Reports
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:00 AM

At the AMA annual convention the AMA's PAC president, John Poole, MD, implored audience members to come together as one voice to effect change in congress by joining the political action group -- currently only 47% of the house members are AMPAC members.  

AMA Executive Vice President, James l. Madara, MD, called for one voice among the delegates to support policies proposed by the AMA. "If we can simply shift, even marginally, toward uniformly supporting the majority view, our voice will be so much stronger," he said during the opening speeches.

But speaking with one voice is not easy.  "It's a bit of a challenge," Kim A. Williams, Sr., MD, president-elect of the American College of Cardiology.  Williams, a professor of cardiology and nuclear medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, said tension has been generated through concepts of doing what's right for the entire house and optimizing the needs of speciality groups. " We have been damaged significantly by having portions [of the HOD] going and talking to Congress negatively about other areas of care," he said.

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AMA Asks Obama to Cover Vets Outside VA
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:50 PM

The AMA wants President Obama to expand health coverage for veterans by allowing physicians practicing outside the Veterans Affairs system to bridge the gap for veterans unable to access VA care.

"When we looked at what was going on with the Veterans Administration, it became clear that the AMA really needed to take some leadership role in what we could do," Lee S. Perrin, MD, Boston, the delegate from the Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS), said in the reference committee.  Perrin said the OMSS was specifically asking for the AMA to encourage physicians to treat veterans in need of care, and to develop and provide useful materials to help non-VA physicians treat veterans who have health complications unique to veterans.

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