Help AAHPM Retain its Voice in the House of Medicine: Save our Seat in the AMA
Are you concerned about the future of medical education, the ability of physicians to practice without undue intrusion into medical decision-making, or reimbursement under emerging health care payment and delivery models? AAHPM is fighting for its members, but we can't do it alone. That's why the Academy has been a proud partner of the American Medical Association (AMA) for over a decade. However, AAHPM's representation in the AMA is now in jeopardy – and we need physician members to step forward and help save our seat in the AMA.
AAHPM on Probation
How can you help?
Join the AMA by April 1 to ensure AAHPM meets the requirements for representation in the AMA.
Be sure your AMA membership is counted!
Why does it make a difference?
Benefits of Representation in the AMA
Representation in the AMA further provides AAHPM with key opportunities to influence public policy, as Congress and the Administration often look to AMA as "the voice of medicine" and negotiate directly with AMA leadership as federal legislation and regulations are crafted. The AMA has the capacity to target a wide variety of issues that impact physician practice and patient access to high-quality health care, and regularly facilitates state and national medical societies coming together to provide joint comment on matters such as Affordable Care Act implementation, payment and delivery reform, and graduate medical education funding.
Looking ahead, as new CPT codes for complex chronic care management and advance care planning move forward, unless a member in good standing of the AMA, AAHPM will be unable to participate on the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Advisory Committee and help guide this expert panel in developing relative value recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Highlights of AAHPM Involvement in the AMA
• In 2011 the Academy was backed by the PPMSSC in seeking AMA's endorsement of AAHPM's candidate to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Family Medicine Residency Review Committee (RRC) which reviews and accredits all HPM programs. (Each year, the AMA makes recommendations for appointments to the RRCs.) While there had previously been no RRC member with an HPM background, AAHPM's bid was ultimately successful, thanks in part to support provided by PPMSSC member societies.
AAHPM, through active participation in the HOD, has also been able to influence policies related to end-of-life decision-making designed to guide physician practice:
• In 2010, the AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs presented a report on the ethics of palliative sedation to unconsciousness, but in turn planned to "sunset" an older policy that addressed decisions at the end of life. This older policy included concise definitions of key terms used in palliative care and clear statements about the ethics of withholding and withdrawing care outside of the realm of palliative sedation to unconsciousness. The Academy's AMA delegation testified about the older policy's enduring relevance and, as a result, the HOD retained it as AMA policy.