Texas physicians spent more than their usual amount of time at the microphone today at the interim meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates, but they came away with some big victories.
The quick-thinking, slow-talking Texans kept AMA out of some potential public relations and membership messes. They also pushed the house to force AMA leadership to articulate the major flaws in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and devise a plan to correct those flaws.
The delegates also unanimously approved a Texas resolution asking AMA to support pending federal legislation that would exclude from consumer credit reports, within 30 days, medical debt that has been fully paid or settled. This would motivate patients to pay off their medical debt as quickly as possible.
Finally, the house sent the AMA Board of Trustees a Texas resolution asking AMA to take a closer look at turning itself into an organization of organizations instead of an individual-membership association. AMA is losing membership at an unsustainable rate at a time of unprecedented change and upheaval in the American health care system. It’s a time when physicians and patients need the support and strength that comes from the ability of AMA to say it represents the majority of America’s physicians.