AMA Annual Meeting: Medical Doctors Seek Control
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 07:43 AM

Gun violence, value-based contracting, and sexual harassment in medicine were on the agenda as the American Medical Association (AMA) convened its 167th annual House of Delegates meeting.

Sexual harassment was a special focus, with a session explaining how doctors, medical students, and healthcare organizations can learn to recognize and mitigate harassment. Gun violence was also in the spotlight, with a session about what physicians can do to prevent the problem.

The main business of the meeting was considering and voting on resolutions brought forward from delegates and from AMA governing bodies. These were widely diverse and include:

  • One resolution from the AMA's Council on Medical Service suggests that the AMA should support expanding eligibility for the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) premium tax credits to people earning up to 500% of the federal poverty level, or $60,700 for an individual; the current upper limit is 400%, or $48,560.

  • Another resolution, from the American Academy of Pediatrics delegation, would have the AMA oppose efforts to arm teachers.

  • The New York State delegation has proposed a resolution supporting a ban on the sale of "bump stocks," which are devices designed to make semi-automatic weapons fire faster.

  • The Michigan delegation is asking the delegates to recommend that the AMA “study the impact of natural disasters on the pharmaceutical supply chain and downstream effects on patient care, as well as the adequacy of our governmental response to mitigating these recent natural disasters."  The Michigan resolution also calls on the association to “advocate that the [FDA] and/or Congress require drug manufacturers to establish a plan for continuity of supply of vital and life-sustaining medications and vaccines to avoid production shortages whenever possible. 

  • A resolution supporting placement of a warning label on wire-bristle grill brushes to inform people that the bristles can accidentally break off and be ingested (from the Michigan delegation)

  • A resolution supporting the establishment of a Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Health Specialty Section Council at the association (from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association)

  • A resolution urging that no one be denied medical licensure on the grounds of failure to use an electronic health record (from the Louisiana delegation)

  • A resolution supporting adequate funding for the U.S. Census (from the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, and the American College of Physicians)

And no AMA meeting would be complete without pomp, circumstance, and elections. Barbara McAneny, MD, an oncologist from Albuquerque, N.M. has been installed as the association’s 173rd president.