Media Advisory: AMA Policy-Making Meeting Begins First Day of Voting

UNITED STATES


CHICAGO, June 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The nation's broadest assembly of physicians will convene this afternoon to begin voting on proposals that will shape the health care agenda of the American Medical Association (AMA), the country's largest physician organization.

During the next three days, the AMA House of Delegates becomes the center of American medicine, bringing together an inclusive group of physicians and medical students representing every state and specialty. Delegates will work in a legislative forum to create a national physician consensus on emerging medical issues in public health, science, ethics, education, business and government.

Among the proposed policies to be considered for the AMA's health care agenda include:

For a comprehensive list of the items to be considered by the House of Delegates, please visit the AMA website.

The AMA will also announce the results of its fifth annual National Health Insurer Report Card rating the claims processing performance of the nation's largest health insurers.

The AMA House of Delegates will convene for voting at 2:00 p.m. (CT) in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This legislative session is expected to proceed today until 5:30 p.m. (CT). Additional proposals will be called for a vote on Tuesday, June 19, and Wednesday, June 20.

The AMA House of Delegates is open to credentialed members of the press. To arrange for press credentials, or to receive additional details on the meeting, please contact the AMA Newsroom at (312) 239-4991. The AMA Newsroom is located in the Riverside Center Exhibition Hall on the purple level of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

WHAT

Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates

WHERE

Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Drive

Downtown Chicago

WHEN

Saturday, June 18, through Wednesday, June 22

CONTACTS

AMA Newsroom (Hyatt Regence Chicago) – (312) 239-4991
AMA Media Relations (Chicago) – (312) 464-4430
AMA Media Relations (Washington) – (202) 789-7421

TODAY'S SPECIAL EVENTS

Using Performance Data to Improve Your Practice

9:00 am (CT) in Columbus Ballroom I-J of the Hyatt Regency Chicago

This educational workshop will help physicians understand the performance data used by payers to rate quality and cost efficiency. The AMA's new practice data resources and tools will be featured.

Succeeding Under Shared Savings and Global Payment

9:30 am (CT) in Regency Ballroom C of the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Harold Miller, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, will lead this educational workshop on strategies for participating in emerging payment models, such as payment bundling, pay-for-performance, withholds and risk pools, capitation and shared savings.

Impacting Health Outcomes

10:00 am (CT) in Columbus Ballroom I-J of the Hyatt Regency Chicago

James Galloway, M.D., regional health administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the keynote speaker at this educational workshop on addressing ethnic and racial health disparities.
 

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