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Recap: 2019 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting

The AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) convened in Chicago, IL in early June for its Annual Meeting. During the five days that the House was in session, they considered and debated on over 175 resolutions, covering a wide range of important topics affecting health care in the U.S. Over 2,500 physicians and medical students from all 50 states and more than 115 specialties participated in the meeting.

AANEM was represented at the meeting by Bill Pease, MD, delegate, Enrica Arnaudo, MD alternate delegate, and Millie Suk, JD, MPP, staff liaison. The AANEM works closely with the delegations from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Drs. Pease and Arnaudo also maintain close ties with their state delegations, Ohio and Delaware. The AANEM also participates in the Neurosciences Caucus, which consists of the specialty societies concerned with the nervous system.

The HOD tackled a number of important and timely health policy issues, including physician-assisted suicide, GME funding, physician burnout, hospital consolidation, and Medicare-for-All. In a close vote, the HOD voted to maintain its opposition to single-payer health care but did reiterate its support for universal coverage.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Seema Verma, spoke to the HOD about CMS’s current efforts to work with physicians to help reduce administrative burdens. She also spoke out against Medicare-for-All, instead touting less government regulation and more free market innovation to encourage physicians to compete on cost and quality and ensure patients are able to make their own decisions about their care. 

Patrice Harris, MD, a psychiatrist from Atlanta took the helm as the new president of the AMA. Susan R. Bailey, MD, an allergist and immunologist from Fort Worth, TX, was chosen as the president-elect.

The HOD will reconvene for its Interim Meeting in November 2019 in San Diego, CA.

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