CHICAGO, June 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The nation's broadest assembly of physicians will gather in Chicago to shape the health care agenda of the American Medical Association (AMA), the country's largest physician organization.

The AMA's House of Delegates is the policy-making body at the center of American medicine, bringing together physicians and medical students representing every state and major medical 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.

WHAT: Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Downtown Chicago

WHEN: Saturday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 20

CREDENTIALS: The AMA House of Delegates is open to credentialed members of the press. To arrange for press credentials, please contact AMA Media Relations at (312) 464-4430.

INTERVIEWS: The AMA will have spokespeople available upon request to discuss the issues that have been voted on during the meeting. To schedule an interview, please contact AMA Media Relations at (312) 464-4430.

DAILY EVENTS: The Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates offers reporters a series of special events, announcements and educational presentations on current topics significant to patients and physicians. Times and locations are subject to change.

Friday, June 15

Group Practice Career Fair
8:00 am to 4:00 pm (CT) at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

AMA will host its first-ever group practice career fair to help physician and medical student leaders connect with group practice employers.

AMA Doctors Back to School
8:00 to 11:30 am (CT) at Malcolm X College

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., has been invited to join AMA physicians and medical students to connect with students from Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges. The physicians and medical students will present healthy lifestyle choices and show Chicago students that becoming a physician is an attainable and rewarding career.

Saturday, June 16

Opening Session of the AMA House of Delegates
2:00 pm (CT) in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago
The AMA's primary policy-making body convenes its Annual Meeting. AMA CEO James Madara, M.D. will present a plan for a new AMA strategic direction.

Sunday, June 17

Committee Hearings
8:30 am to 6:00 pm (CT) - please contact AMA Media Relations for specific times and room locations

The AMA holds open hearings to review and debate proposed policies.

Monday, June 18

2012 National Health Insurance Report Card
For additional information, please contact AMA Media Relations at (312) 464-4430

The AMA will announce results from its fifth annual "National Health Insurer Report Card" showing how each of the nation's largest health insurers is performing in terms of timeliness, transparency and accuracy of claims processing.

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.

Voting Session of the AMA House of Delegates
2:00 to 5:30 pm (CT) in the Grand Ballroom

Delegates convene for the first day of voting on proposed policies.

Tuesday, June 19

Voting Session of the AMA House of Delegates
9:00 am to 3:00 pm (CT) in the Grand Ballroom

Delegates convene for the second day of voting on proposed policies.

Inauguration of the 167th AMA President
5:00 pm (CT) in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., a psychiatrist and triathlete from Denver, Colo., will accept the highest elected office of the American Medical Association and present his inaugral address to a gathering of the nation's physician leaders.

Wednesday, June 20

Voting Session of the AMA House of Delegates
9:00 to 11:00 am (CT) in the Grand Ballroom

Delegates convene for the final day of voting on proposed policies.

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