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Why One Of The Most Important Professions In America Is Suffering A Burnout Epidemic

Why One Of The Most Important Professions In America Is Suffering A Burnout Epidemic

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 16:04:53 in Business

“Findings from a new AMA study, conducted by the RAND Corporation, show that dissatisfaction among physicians is primarily driven by obstacles to providing high-quality care for their patients. The AMA is responding to these findings and will continue to work to remove regulatory and technology barriers that cause the most frustration. The AMA also is dedicated to helping physicians navigate the changing health care environment successfully by ensuring sustainable physician practices that result in good health outcomes for patients and greater professional satisfaction for physicians. Read a recent blog post by AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., to learn more - http://goo.gl/WCyqYD
The (Very) Few Proud and Brave

The (Very) Few Proud and Brave

Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 12:08:10 in World

“The article is mistaken regarding the ethical standards of the American Medical Association. For fourteen years the AMA has taken the clear stand that physician participation in torture is a violation of core ethical values. The AMA's ethical standards prohibit physicians from providing knowledge to facilitate the practice of torture.”
huffingtonpost entry

Auction 2012: Bought Health Care

Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 19:00:20 in Politics

“While it's healthy to debate the best payment system in health care, individual physicians are trained and dedicate themselves to putting patients and their health first. The AMA has a long, proud history - and like the practice of medicine itself, the AMA continues to evolve. The safety of patients is our first concern, so the AMA currently advocates only for the licensing of midwives who are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The AMA is committed to helping physician-led health care teams provide high quality care to their patients, and that includes making sure that the right patient receives the right treatment at the right time.

The AMA advocates for proposals to address rising health care costs that aim to improve clinical outcomes, quality of care and patient satisfaction per dollar spent. Instead of simply focusing our efforts on reducing costs alone, our ultimate goal should be to achieve better value for our health care spending. To learn more about how the AMA is working to reduce costs while improving health quality and outcomes, visit www.ama-assn.org/go/healthcarecosts.
huffingtonpost entry

'The Doctor Will Call You if Anything Is Wrong'

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 16:30:01 in Healthy Living

“The American Medical Association supports the rights of patients to request a copy of their completed test reports from laboratories, and patient-physician communication is a critical part of the lab testing and results process. This communication enables patients to best process and understand health information and services, which is necessary for making appropriate health decisions. For more on the AMA's position on this subject, please visit www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/washington/hipaa-clia-proposed-rule-comment-letter.pdf .”
A Three-Step Plan To Lowering Health Care Costs

A Three-Step Plan To Lowering Health Care Costs

Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 16:27:01 in Healthy Living

“The AMA is committed to identifying opportunities to achieve better value for our health care spending. There is a role for everyone – patients, physicians, insurers and policymakers - to play in bending the health care cost curve while improving the quality and coordination of care. Reducing the burden of preventable disease through a renewed focus on prevention and wellness is an important step. More than 75 percent of our nation’s health care spending is for the treatment of chronic, often preventable conditions that can be avoided by making healthier lifestyle choices. Obesity and its health complications alone cost over $270 billion annually. Lifestyle changes can make a significant difference in reducing these costs to our nation and improving the health of individuals. Physicians can help patients take steps that will make lasting changes – allowing them to lead healthier lives and reducing the burden of preventable disease on our health care system.
www.ama-assn.org/go/healthcarecosts
www.ama-assn.org/go/healthierlifesteps
Report: FDA Should Force Rollback In Salty Foods

Report: FDA Should Force Rollback In Salty Foods

Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 14:05:08 in Healthy Living

“Excess sodium greatly increases the chance of developing hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. Research shows most Americans consume two to three times the amount of sodium that is healthy, with about three quarters or it coming from processed and restaurant foods. With stats like that it’s no wonder cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in the U.S. The AMA has urged a reduction in the amount of sodium in processed foods since 2006. Lowering the amount of sodium in processed foods is an important step toward a healthier America.”
Doctor Shortage? 28 States May Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role

Doctor Shortage? 28 States May Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role

Commented Apr 14, 2010 at 11:39:45 in Home

“With a shortage of both physicians and nurses in the U.S., increasing the responsibility of nurses is not the answer to the physician shortage. Physicians undertake a decade or more of postgraduate medical education and thousands of hours of clinical experience that provides them with the in-depth knowledge and ability to diagnose and treat patients. Many nurse practitioners have just 3 years of postgraduate education, limited prescription drug training, and clinical experience that is less than that obtained in the first year of a three year medical residency. If a health care professional with less than half of the education and training of a physician is given the same responsibilities, title and pay, there is no incentive to become a primary care physician. Each and every member of the health team plays a critical role, but we need to recognize the additional years of training and experience physicians undertake in order to maintain the high standard of medical care in the United States. We should focus our attention on increasing the number of health care professionals overall – physicians and nurses – so patients have access to the quality care they need.”

huffposter07 on Apr 15, 2010 at 19:16:55

“The comment attributed to nurse practitioners in this article is the most foolish thing I've read in a long time. These NPs claim that people aren't confused when the they take their animal to a vet, or when they drive to the dentist or chiropractor and the clinician calls him/herself "Doctor," When you GO somewhere, you know you're talking with the dentist, the vet or the chiropractor. But when you're laying in a hospital bed and people are entering your room all day, asking questions and examining you...and someone calls herself "Dr. Roemer," you DON'T know whether that person is an MD, DO or nurse practitioner. Most patients would assume that it's a doctor, a graduate of med school.
In their fevered rush to confer the title "doctor" upon themselves, these NPs fail to even grasp what a misrepresentation this is in a hospital setting. If this kind of comment typifies the reasoning ability of NPs, then I'll avoid them at all cost. I hope patients nationwide will ask for someone else to see them when an NP arrives in their room and simply identifies him/herself as Dr. Somebody.”
huffingtonpost entry

Five Hidden Costs of Health Care: What the Government Doesn't Want You to Know

Commented Apr 2, 2010 at 15:33:52 in Business

“The AMA supports health system reform because for the first time in decades we are making significant progress in addressing long-standing challenges with our health care system. By extending health coverage to the vast majority of the uninsured, eliminating coverage denials based on pre-existing conditions, improving competition and choice in the insurance marketplace and reducing administrative burdens, this new law will help patients and physicians. The increased focus on preventive and wellness care and clinical comparative effectiveness research promote high quality care. As the nation's leading physician organization, the AMA will continue its work on behalf of America’s physicians and their patients. This is not the last step, but the next step toward real health system reform. We will remain actively engaged with Congress and the administration to ensure that before Congress adjourns there are additional important changes to our health system.”

Gary Shapiro on Apr 4, 2010 at 20:59:41

“So I guess everything I said about the AMA is true? How many doctors dropped out? Does the AMA now represent fewer than one of five US MDs?

"If there is any doubt that the legislation will hurt quality of care, I suggest following the membership of the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA supported the legislation - even though the AMA doesn't represent most American doctors and most doctors had serious concerns with the proposals. If you learn soon that many doctors quit the AMA you can conclude that the doctors voted on the bill with their feet. Indeed, every major specialist group opposed the bill as bad for patients with critical and thus highly specialized needs."”

JasonShanker on Apr 2, 2010 at 16:21:36

“Respectfully, Dr. Rohack, reciting the bill's marketing claims makes them no more likely to come true. For example:

1. "extending health coverage to the vast majority of the uninsured" Your use of coverage instead of care is appropriate because putting 15,000,000 new patients into the bankrupt Medicaid and Medicare systems while simultaneously taking funds *out* will provide exactly that -- coverage without care. Longer waits and fewer doctors willing to accept Medicaid does nothing to alleviate the problem.
2. "eliminating coverage denials based on pre-existing conditions" While a better solution for pre-existing conditions is needed, the answer is a market for lifetime coverage of catastrophic- or chronic-illness and portability of coverage (ie consumer owned policies rather than workplace policies). Eliminating discrimination on pre-existing conditions is only possible in the current bill by forcing individuals to purchase a product they may not need or want, something Candidate Obama derided Hillary Clinton for supporting.
3. "improving competition and choice in the insurance marketplace and reducing administrative burdens" As April 15th approaches, can you cite any example where increased government involvement has done either of those things -- improved competition or reduced administrative burdens? Has that ever happened in the history of our government, or any other government?

Everyone would welcome the insight of someone with your knowledge and experience, but that must go beyond bullet points into why specific provisions in this graft-laden 3000-page bill will improve the most innovative and effective health care system on the planet.”
AMA Faces Revolt After Humiliating Senate Defeat

AMA Faces Revolt After Humiliating Senate Defeat

Commented Oct 28, 2009 at 17:05:04 in Politics

“No other physician group in the US comes close to having membership the size of the AMA, and only the AMA gives all physicians and medical students a voice in the future of medicine through a democratic policy-making process. Widely considered a powerful advocate for patients and physicians in the health care debate, the AMA gets high marks from the public in an independent poll, which finds that the majority of Americans trust the AMA to do the right thing on health reform.
The AMA is committed to reform that provides all Americans with a choice of affordable, portable, high-quality health coverage that can't be taken away by an illness or a job loss. Repeal of the broken Medicare physician payment formula is an essential element of health reform to ensure the security and stability of Medicare for seniors, baby boomers - and military families that rely on TRICARE. Congress made a commitment to America’s seniors with the creation of Medicare, and they must ensure that seniors’ have continued access and choice of physician. Without repeal, next year’s cut is projected at 21 percent with more in years to come. The gap between payments and costs will make it very difficult for physicians to keep their doors open to all Medicare patients and make quality improvement to their practices that benefit all patients.
We take our position at the center of the health reform debate as an honor an a serious responsibility.
J. James Rohack, M.D. President, AMA”

Bloggerrogr on Oct 29, 2009 at 00:04:49

“considering that the AMA represents only 19% of practicing physicians today (that's about 1 in 5), you have a lot of gall to assert any position of influence.

When the AMA embraces health CARE reform as well as health INSURANCE reform and puts itself on the side of the patients, then AND ONLY THEN will the AMA get my support.

FWIW”

karenlee53 on Oct 28, 2009 at 19:57:13

“This seems like a boiler plate mission statement in a brochure in a doctor's office.”

miriamfl on Oct 28, 2009 at 19:42:14

“Dr. Rohack, thank you for your remarks and I agree with you. I worked for 3 years for a surgeon just as office mgr but the reimbursements were not very good from insurance companies either and medicaid should be abolished and discontinued because there was barely reimbursements there. I just had a pan/endoscopy and my specialist billed the ins 675.00 BC/BS had a negociated rate with spec of 227.00 out of that amount they paid 181.00 my portion was 46.00. I don't think it is just Medicare that doesn't have good reimbursements. The insurance monopoly and control has to be stopped.”

treetracker on Oct 28, 2009 at 18:16:35

“The AMA has made it very clear their priorities lie with their providers, not with their patients. That's fine - it's your association - do with it as you wish, but don't think we're dumb enough to believe your tripe about "benefit all patients."

You've helped your providers turn their practices into businesses to help themselves dig deep into the pot of gold and pull out all the riches they want at the expense of not only their patients, but to our entire economy. You're no better than the insurance companies taking their 1/3 off the top for nothing.

I've investigated too much medical provider fraud in my life - I know what providers do and I know how the system protects them from prosecution not only for their financial crimes, but for their incompetence in case after case. The AMA and the State Boards do next to nothing to clean out their own house.

When you start there - you will have taken one small step toward earning respect. Until that happens, you're just another bunch of greedy providers wanting to fill your bank accounts at the expense of the sick. Thank God many good docs are fleeing your organization. That alone gives me hope!”

vonPinto on Oct 28, 2009 at 17:33:56

“Yours is one fat lie. Go tell this to the marines. Ask individual doctors who have dropped your association like a sack of hot potatoes what they feel about AMA.

You can paint all the rosy pictures about AMA as much as you want here but no one is buying this your hollow PR.

You cannot manage something as simple as Residency and Fellowship enrollments, talk of "advocating" for patients.

May be you are equating the number of hours you spent at board meetings with dues paid by unsuspecting doctors with success.

We are witnessing the difficulties about reforming health care today because of what AMA did with Ronald Reagan in the past.”

RTIII on Oct 28, 2009 at 17:20:54

“Oh, by the way, your choice to turn a blind eye to providing patients access to information to select good Drs is horrific and keeps us from trusting you. We need to know the failure rates as well as successes. We need to know rates up front. We need real competition among Drs, not this wall of secrecy you and yours advocate. You are clearly not interested in helping patients. True, you might argue, that's not your job - your job is to advocate for Drs, not patients. Well, you have had too much power in that regard for too long and we've had enough.
.”

RTIII on Oct 28, 2009 at 17:17:01

“If you want our support, you have to support us, not insurance companies. We, the people, want health CARE not necessarily health INSURANCE.

When the AMA speaks out about the outrageous salaries made at the top of America's insurance companies, we'll believe in you. Until then, we don't trust you any more.

Oh, and we aren't intellectually or informationally challenged. We know that Tort Reform is high on your priority list but is actually a tiny problem in health-care today. When you get on board with your patients needs to eliminate pre-existing-condition exclusions and the like, then we'll consider what you need. Until then....
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Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor

Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor

Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 16:35:43 in Politics

“Delegates to the American Medical Association are selected through their individual state and specialty societies, and their individual views and actions do not, in any way, represent the official view of the AMA. We condemn any actions or comments that are racist, discriminatory or unprofessional.

American Medical Association”

mybabylovesobama on Jul 23, 2009 at 16:55:59

“Sounds like you're passing the buck.”

smartenoughforthisforum on Jul 23, 2009 at 16:52:07

“Then do something to get rid of the big-ot in question.”
Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor

Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor

Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 16:32:54 in Politics

“Delegates to the American Medical Association are selected through their individual state and specialty societies, and their individual views and actions do not, in any way, represent the official view of the AMA. We condemn any actions or comments that are racist, discriminatory or unprofessional.

-American Medical Association”
Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor

Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor

Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 15:45:48 in Politics

“Delegates to the American Medical Association are selected through their individual state and specialty societies, and their individual views and actions do not, in any way, represent the official view of the AMA. We condemn any actions or comments that are racist, discriminatory or unprofessional.

-American Medical Association”
The Biggest Risk To US Physicians: The AMA

The Biggest Risk To US Physicians: The AMA

Commented Jul 10, 2009 at 16:39:44 in Healthy Living

“In America, each person speaks for him or herself. That individual spirit makes America great. Effective leaders listen to disparate opinions and seek common ground to achieve progress. This is the cornerstone of democracy.

The AMA, the nation’s largest physician group, operates the same way. Physicians hold many different views, but all are welcome to be part of the AMA’s democratic policymaking process.

I am proud of AMA physicians and their ability to come together in an open, collegial environment to set policy through the AMA House of Delegates, comprised of elected physician and medical student representatives from state and national medical specialty societies. The AMA is the only physician organization that gives all physicians a voice in the future of medicine.

We are in the midst of an historic debate on the future of our country’s health-care system. The AMA is focused on being a positive force for change during this important time.

To all physicians, especially those who think the AMA could better represent them, we say: Join us and make your voice heard. It is thrilling to see so many physicians and medical students engaged in the current debate.

As for those who seek to distract or divide physicians during this critical time, know this: The AMA will not be caught fiddling while Rome burns. The AMA is committed to health reform that benefits patients and physicians, and we will stay the course to get all Americans affordable, high-quality health coverage.

AMA President Dr. Rohack”

Dan311 on Jul 11, 2009 at 08:45:15

“I'm happy to hear Dr. Palestrant's point of view and hope to hear from other physician's organizations, as well.

American Association of Physicians and Surgeons
American College of Physicians
National Physicians Alliance
Physicians for a National Health Program

"As for those who seek to distract or divide physicians during this critical time, know this: The AMA will not be caught fiddling while Rome burns."- AMA President, Dr. Rohack

Just on a personal note, that statement is about as petty as I've ever heard or seen from a physician - I would hope that a physician would encourage his colleagues to make their voices heard.”

RMankovitz on Jul 10, 2009 at 19:23:44

“An incredibly arrogant statement from the president of an organization that claims to represent the third leading cause of death in the US.

That distinction was in fact published by the AMA itself in their journal (JAMA). To read a summary of the article, use this search string in Google Scholar: starfield jama third leading.

Speaking of JAMA, just a few days ago, on July 8, their editors backed off a controversial long-standing policy to gag anyone complaining about study authors who fail to disclose conflicts of interest . For details, see http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/07/07/jama-eases-stand-on-public-complaints-about-conflicts/ .

Interesting timing, since JAMA, along with several other medical journals, has until July 22 to respond to a senate inquiry into medical studies published in the journals by supposedly independent researchers, but were actually ghostwritten by BigPharma. For details, see: http://www.theheart.org/article/984881.do

I dumped my journal subscription a few years ago and feel better informed without it. As a lawyer and research scientist, it makes me very nervous not to know the conflicts of interest in medical studies.

Roy Mankovitz, Director
http://www.MontecitoWellness.com
Lobbyists on a Roll: Gutting Reform on Banking, Energy, and Health Care

Lobbyists on a Roll: Gutting Reform on Banking, Energy, and Health Care

Commented Jul 8, 2009 at 17:02:03 in Politics

“To be clear: The AMA is committed to health reform this year that covers the uninsured, improves quality and ensures patients get the best value from health care spending (Lobbyists on a roll: gutting reform, 7/8). Over the last few years, the AMA has invested more than $15 million in our Voice for the Uninsured campaign to call attention to the uninsured crisis and lay the groundwork for health reform that gets all Americans covered.

The term “public plan” has so many different meanings that it confuses more than informs the debate. The AMA is actively engaged in working with Congress and the administration to achieve health reform that best meets the needs of patients and physicians. How we achieve this goal is still being debated by Congress, President Obama, physicians and the public, but we will stay the course until we see health reform that better serves patients and empowers physicians to deliver the highest quality care.

J. James Rohack M.D.
President, American Medical Association”

DM on Jul 17, 2009 at 02:30:54

“In the interest of removing the "different meanings" that are so confusing ... a "public plan" would provide direct government funding for health costs without the unwanted interdiction of profit driven private health insurers.

See? Very simple. If there is a Health Insurance company in the process it is not public.

The alternatives being promoted are increased regulation of Health Insurance companies. The history of corporate domination over regulatory bodies is the reason why a very large majority favour direct public funding.

What is the AMA's position going to be? Less or worse Health Care after the Health Insurance skimming or support for a fully public plan?”