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Media Advisory: AMA Policy-Making Meeting Begins First Voting Session Today at 2 PM (CT)


June 17, 2013 - Chicago, IL

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - June 17, 2013) - The nation's broadest assembly of physicians and medical student gather today in Chicago to shape the health care agenda of the American Medical Association (AMA), the country's largest physician organization.

The AMA's House of Delegates is the policy-making body at the center of American medicine, bringing together an inclusive group of physicians and medical students representing every state and medical field. The AMA uses a democratic process to create a national physician consensus on emerging issues in public health, science, ethics, business and government to continually provide safer, higher-quality, and more efficient care for patients.

Among the proposed policies to be considered by Wednesday, June 19 during three voting sessions, include:

For a comprehensive list of the items to be considered by the House of Delegates, please visit the AMA website.

WHAT: Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Downtown Chicago

WHEN: The House of Delegates will convene today for it first voting session at 2 pm (CT). Voting is expected to conclude today at 5:30 pm (CT). Two additional voting sessions are tentatively scheduled for June 18 and 19.

SCHEDULE & AGENDA: The AMA Annual Meeting website has comprehensive information, including the schedule, travel information and a list of reports and resolutions.

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MEDIA CONTACT & CREDENTIALS: The AMA House of Delegates is open to credentialed members of the press. To arrange for press credentials, please contact AMA pressroom at (312) 239-4991.

INTERVIEWS: The AMA will have spokespeople available upon request to discuss the issues that have been voted on during today's meeting. To schedule an interview, please contact AMA pressroom at (312) 239-4991

TODAY'S SPECIAL EVENTS: Events that may be of interest to reporters include:

National Diabetes Prevention Program
8 am (CT) in Columbus K-L of the Hyatt Regency Chicago
As part of the AMA's initial efforts to improve health outcomes, the AMA will outline its support for a collaborative Diabetes prevention strategy led by the CDC and implemented with the help of the YMCA. This educational session will examine the National Diabetes Prevention Program, describe improvements in health outcomes, and discuss the importance of community-based resources to support clinical interventions for patients with pre-diabetes.

2013 National Health Insurance Report Card
9 am (CT) in Regency Ballroom A of the Hyatt Regency Chicago
The AMA will announce results from its sixth annual National Health Insurer Report Card and introduce the new Administrative Burden Index. Together, these tools measure the claims processing performance of the nation's largest health insurers in terms of timeliness, transparency and accuracy.

Public Transparency Reporting of Industry-Physician Financial Interaction
10 am (CT) in Regency Ballroom A of the Hyatt Regency Chicago
The AMA is offering an overview of a new reporting requirement for industry on their financial interactions with physicians and teaching hospitals. This educational session will provide information on the reporting requirement of the Sunshine Act that starts on August 1, 2013. Physicians will be offered a preparation check list, resources, and an opportunity to learn how the reporting requirement will be implemented. Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is among the scheduled speakers.

AMA pressroom
(312) 239-4991

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