AMA Responds to Criticism

US House Health Reform Proposal Debate Continues

September 9, 2009

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The American Medical Association's support of the US House Tri-Committee health reform bill, HR 3200, has drawn significant attention in recent weeks. The AAN Professional Association has not yet taken a formal position in this ongoing debate. While many of the main concepts for systemic reform such a public option, insurance cooperatives, and mandates are in the spotlight, the Academy's position remains focused on physician payment reform. Any larger reform based on the current broken payment system will fall short of meaningful reform for neurology.

The Academy continues to actively advocate for inclusion of neurology in the proposed bonus for primary care as well as adoption of the Academy's patient-centered proposal to pay bonuses to physicians treating patients with one of the conditions covered by the 2010 Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans. The Senate Finance Committee is still negotiating the contents in its proposal. A bill draft is expected sometime after Congress returns to session in September.

The AMA has asked the Academy to share this message regarding its position on HR 3200.