CHICAGO -- Health system reform, errors caused by entering orders on computers, electronic health records (EHRs), and change in the American Medical Association meeting schedule are the subjects of four resolutions the Texas Delegation to the AMA brought to the AMA Annual Meeting June 16-20 in Chicago. The TMA House of Delegates approved the resolutions at TexMed 2012 last month.
The resolutions ask AMA to:
- Be ready to work for new health system reforms if the Supreme Court throws out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Resolution 239);
- Study the potential increase in errors caused by hospitals and clinics adopting computerized physician order entry systems and suggest possible alternatives (Resolution 721);
- Analyze the current cost and/or benefit of implementing an EHR system to determine if it produces a financial return and improves quality of care, and advocate that those who benefit the most financially share fairly in the implementation costs (Resolution 722); and
- Revise AMA meetings to make them more efficient (Resolution 612).
Reference committee hearings on these and more than 100 other reports and resolutions begin today in Chicago. The full house will vote on them June 18-20.