Jun 2, 2014

Texas Takes Three Candidates, Six Resolutions to AMA House

The Texas Delegation will have plenty of work to do when the American Medical Association House of Delegates convenes in Chicago this month. Actually, it looks like the delegation can put a checkmark in the "done" box for two of its chores.

First, Fort Worth allergist and former TMA president Sue Bailey, MD, is running unopposed for reelection as vice speaker of the house. Also, Tyler anesthesiologist Asa Lockhart, MD, is running for the Council on Medical Service, and there are only four announced candidates for the four seats up for grabs. However, Russ Kridel, MD, of Houston, is one of eight men and women seeking five seats on the AMA Board of Trustees.

The delegation is also carrying six resolutions from the Texas House of Delegates to AMA:

  1. Work to prevent recoupments if an Affordable Care Act marketplace insurer has not notified the physician that a patient is in the last 60 days of the grace period for not paying his or her premiums;
  2. Push for a federal law requiring insurers to provide real-time claims adjudication;
  3. Have the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs issue rulings on whether AMA's continued support for parts of ACA violates the AMA Code of Medical Ethics;
  4. Commission a study to compare the federal estimates of direct and indirect costs attributable to the Physician Quality Reporting System, meaningful use, and ICD-10 with the actual time and costs required by physicians to comply with these mandates;
  5. Organize an official protest of the "immediate-use" exception to the United States Pharmacopeia Chapter 797 guidelines on sterile compounding; and
  6. Eliminate the law requiring private sector laboratories to report to Medicare their payment rates for lab tests.

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