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American Medical Association (AMA)

Self Description

June 2004: "From tobacco to adolescent health, from AIDS to Medicare, the American Medical Association speaks out on issues important to patients and the nation's health. AMA policy on such issues is decided through its democratic policy-making process, in the AMA House of Delegates, which meets twice a year.

The House is comprised of physician delegates representing every state; nearly 100 national medical specialty societies; federal service agencies, including the Surgeon General of the United States; and six sections representing hospital and clinic staffs, resident physicians, medical students, young physicians, medical schools and international medical graduates."

Third-Party Descriptions

March 2012: 'These physicians are probably outliers, though. The American Medical Association speaks for most doctors. Robert Mills, a spokesman, sent me a statement that he said was from the A.M.A.’s president, Dr. Peter W. Carmel, that read, in part, “Anonymous online opinions of physicians should be taken with grain of salt and should not be a patient’s sole source of information when looking for a new physician.”'

August 2008: 'As some authorities get tougher, physicians are trying to overturn prohibitions on balance billing. The American Medical Assn. is lobbying Congress to allow balance billing within the Medicare program, as was allowed until 1991. Two Republican congressmen, Tom Feeney of Florida and Tom Price of Georgia, have sponsored legislation that would accomplish that goal. The AMA cites declining reimbursements from Medicare and private insurers in support of its bid to bill patients directly. AMA member David McKalip, a neurosurgeon in St. Petersburg, Fla., says patients can trust doctors to behave ethically and not gouge the poor: "Doctors will know up front which patients are willing to pay" beyond what the government reimburses. FIGHTING BACK'

May 2010: "Advocates for patients generally support the rules, saying they will eliminate many forms of insurance discrimination against people with mental illness. The rules are also supported by the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and House Democrats, most notably Representative Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island."

August 2009: 'A campaign on conservative talk radio, fueled by President Obama's calls to control exorbitant medical bills, has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life "rationing" and even "euthanasia"....The American Medical Association, which supports the provision, has received similar inquiries and protests from patients who fear doctors will begin denying care late in life.'

June 2009: "This lesson applies directly to the market for health care. If the government has a dominant role in buying the services of doctors and other health care providers, it can force prices down. Once the government is virtually the only game in town, health care providers will have little choice but to take whatever they can get. It is no wonder that the American Medical Association opposes the public option."

May 2009: "A voluntary arm of the American Medical Association unveiled a summer-long campaign on Wednesday intended to publicly shame movie studios for depicting images of smoking in their mass-appeal movies."

November 2008: "A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds....the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, 28 senators, more than 110 representatives and the attorneys general of 13 states have urged the Bush administration to withdraw the proposed rule."

November 2008: "In October, the California Medical Association, responding to an article in The New York Times about the medical deportation of a brain-injured Guatemalan, passed a resolution opposing the forced repatriation of patients. The American Medical Association is to take up the matter on Sunday at a national meeting in Orlando."

October 2008: "The American Medical Association discourages the use of placebos by doctors when represented as helpful."

July 2008: 'In a commentary in the July 16 Journal of the American Medical Association, Ronald M. Davis, the organization's immediate past president, noted that many of the organization's questionable actions reflected the "social mores and racial discrimination" that existed for much of the country's history. But, he wrote, that should not excuse them.'

July 2008: "In response to these and earlier findings, several medical societies are considering new recommendations for a minimum daily Vitamin D intake, the American Medical Association recently called for the government to update its guidelines, and federal officials are planning to launch that effort."

June 2008: "The American Medical Association, in its meeting in Chicago in June, voted to ask its board to consider the question of whether menthol should be banned. The decision effectively rebuffed members who had wanted the group to speak out this year against the bill’s menthol exemption. Leaders of the organization cited the possibility that removing the menthol exemption might disrupt the compromise that has engendered broad support for the bill on Capitol Hill."

May 2008: "The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals, and groups like the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association have adopted standards encouraging disclosure. Guidelines vary, however, and can be vague. While many hospitals have written policies to satisfy accreditation requirements, only a few are pursuing them aggressively, industry officials said."

February 2008: "Cardiac-death donations can make some doctors and nurses skittish if they have not previously witnessed one, said Dr. Robert Sade, the former chairman of the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs."

February 2008: 'The way that insurers determine the prevailing market rates for medical services has long been a subject of controversy. The American Medical Association, for example, has an eight-year-old lawsuit pending that makes similar claims. The practice “is primarily unfair to consumers,” said Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen, the president-elect of the medical association, who was present at the attorney general’s news conference announcing the investigation.'

August 2007: The American Medical Association, contending that patients might be sacrificing quality for convenience or seeking help at drugstore clinics for problems that should be addressed by their doctors or a hospital, has proposed a series of guidelines, including a requirement that the clinics have a “well-defined and limited scope.” The association has also urged federal and state governments to investigate how the clinics operate.

July 2007: It asked the company to cancel its plan to release the rankings in September, citing a furor over a similar program’s introduction in Missouri in 2005. There, physician groups, including the American Medical Association, said the cost rankings primarily reflected the cost of care to the insurer — not to patients.

May 2007: The American Medical Association, a larger and far more established group, makes millions of dollars each year by helping data-mining companies link prescribing data to individual physicians. It does so by licensing access to the AMA Physician Masterfile, a database containing names, birth dates, educational background, specialties and addresses for more than 800,000 doctors.

January 2006: The gifts, drugs and classes that makers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices routinely give doctors undermine medical care, hurt patients and should be banned, a group of influential doctors say in today's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

December 2005: Doctors on the whole seem far less worried about the practice. The American Medical Association condones gift-taking from pharmaceutical representatives as long as no single gift is worth much more than $100. And drug companies seem to be finding plenty of takers: spending on marketing to physicians jumped from $12.1 billion in 1999 to $22 billion in 2003 ($16 billion of which was in free samples), according to data from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Source May 9, 2010
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dr. Duane M. Cady Person Jan 25, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dr. Peter W. Carmel Person Mar 13, 2012
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dr. Richard F. Corlin Person
Organization Executive (past or present) Dr. Catherine "Cathy" DeAngelis Person May 14, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Timothy Flaherty Person
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) J. Edward Hill Person Jul 30, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen M.D., Ph.D. Person Feb 7, 2008
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Dr. Donald J. Palmisano Person
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Dr. J. James Rohack MD Person Aug 3, 2009
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Cecil B. Wilson M.D. Person Aug 28, 2006

Articles and Resources

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Mar 09, 2012 The Web Is Awash in Reviews, but Not for Doctors. Here’s Why.

QUOTE: RateMDs now has reviews of more than 1,370,000 doctors in the United States and Canada. But getting in the faces of the previously untouchable professional class has inevitably led to legal threats. He says he gets about one each week over negative reviews and receives subpoenas every month or two for information that can help identify reviewers, who believe they are posting anonymously.

New York Times
May 09, 2010 Fight Erupts Over Rules Issued for ‘Mental Health Parity’ Insurance Law

QUOTE: Insurance companies and employer groups are lobbying the White House to delay and rework the rules on “mental health parity.” Insurers and many employers supported the 2008 law, but they say the rules go far beyond the intent of Congress and would cripple their cost-control techniques while raising out-of-pocket costs for some patients.

New York Times
Nov 09, 2009 Do We Have a Winner?: How to reform the broken medical malpractice system. (prescriptions)

QUOTE: here's the dilemma: On one hand, doctors believe—despite some evidence to the contrary—that there are too many frivolous lawsuits, and they respond by ordering a lot of unnecessary testing and treatment... On the other hand, patients often get harmed by negligent medical care, and lawsuits are their only way to fight back.

Oct 09, 2009 Against Transparency: The perils of openness in government.

QUOTE: More information,[from greater government transparency]" as [Archon] Fung and his colleagues put it, "does not always produce markets that are more efficient." Instead, "responses to information are inseparable from their interests, desires, resources, cognitive capacities, and social contexts..."

New Republic, The (TNR)
Sep 19, 2009 Is a second execution attempt cruel and unusual?

QUOTE: The aborted execution [of Romell Broom in Ohio] has renewed concerns about lethal injection, and raises the question of whether a second execution attempt would violate the 8th Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

Los Angeles Times
Sep 02, 2009 The Fix Is In: The hidden public-private cartel that sets health care prices.

QUOTE: Fundamentally, the entire payment model of American health care drives medical centers, doctors, and hospital managers to push for more fancy procedures at the expense of primary care doctors.

Aug 01, 2009 Talk Radio Campaign Frightening Seniors: Provision for End-of-Life Counseling Is Described by Right as 'Death Care'

QUOTE: A campaign on conservative talk radio has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life "rationing" and even "euthanasia."....But on right-leaning radio programs, religious e-mail lists and Internet blogs, the proposal has been described as "guiding you in how to die," "an ORDER from the Government to end your life," promoting "death care" and, in the words of antiabortion leader Randall Terry, an attempt to "kill Granny."

Washington Post
Jul 22, 2009 White House declines to disclose visits by health industry executives

QUOTE: Invoking an argument used by President George W. Bush, the Obama administration has turned down a request from a watchdog group for a list of health industry executives who have visited the White House...

Los Angeles Times
Jul 06, 2009 Familiar Players in Health Bill Lobbying: Firms Are Enlisting Ex-Lawmakers, Aides

QUOTE: The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues.... public interest groups and reform advocates complain that the concentration of former government aides on K Street has distorted the health-care debate,

Washington Post
Jun 27, 2009 Economic View: The Pitfalls of the Public Option

QUOTE: IN the debate over health care reform, one issue looms large: whether to have a public option. Should all Americans have the opportunity to sign up for government-run health insurance?....Even if one accepts the president’s broader goals of wider access to health care and cost containment, his economic logic regarding the public option is hard to follow. Consumer choice and honest competition are indeed the foundation of a successful market system, but they are usually achieved without a public provider.

New York Times
Jun 16, 2009 Obama's Health-Care Plan: What It Means for You

QUOTE: More than $1 trillion will be needed to pay for the Obama administration's ambitious health-care reform plan. To come up with the money, the president has pledged to trim fat from the Medicare and Medicaid programs. But when all is said and done, it may be consumers who end up paying the price.

Smart Money
May 27, 2009 Cigarettes in Popular Films Are Target of Health Groups

QUOTE: the American Medical Association unveiled a summer-long campaign on Wednesday intended to publicly shame movie studios for depicting images of smoking in their mass-appeal movies...Components include a Facebook scorecard tallying the number of tobacco images depicted in movies rated G, PG and PG-13 from May to August. The studio found to be the biggest offender will be named on billboards in September.

New York Times
Nov 18, 2008 Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers

QUOTE: A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws.

New York Times
Nov 08, 2008 Health Care Varies for Uninsured Immigrants

QUOTE: the haphazard way in which the American health care system handles cases involving uninsured immigrants who are gravely injured or seriously ill. Whether these patients receive sustained care in this country or are privately deported by a hospital depends on what emergency room they initially visit.

New York Times
Oct 24, 2008 Half of Doctors Routinely Prescribe Placebos

QUOTE: Half of all American doctors responding to a nationwide survey say they regularly prescribe placebos to patients. The results trouble medical ethicists, who say more research is needed to determine whether doctors must deceive patients in order for placebos to work.

New York Times
Aug 28, 2008 Medical Bills You Shouldn't Pay: In a controversial practice known as "balance billing," health-care providers are going after patients for money they don't owe

QUOTE: As health-care costs continue to soar, millions of confused consumers are paying medical bills they don't actually owe. Typically this occurs when an insurance plan covers less than what a doctor, hospital, or lab service wants to be paid. The health-care provider demands the balance from the patient....this common practice, known as balance billing, often is illegal.

Jul 10, 2008 Doctors' Group Plans Apology For Racism

QUOTE: The country's largest medical association is set to issue a formal apology today for its historical antipathy toward African American doctors, expressing regret for a litany of transgressions, including barring black physicians from its ranks for decades and remaining silent during battles on landmark legislation to end racial discrimination.

Washington Post
Jul 04, 2008 Some Seek Guidelines to Reflect Vitamin D's Benefits

QUOTE: A flurry of recent research indicating that Vitamin D may have a dizzying array of health benefits has reignited an intense debate over whether federal guidelines for the "sunshine vitamin" are outdated, leaving millions unnecessarily vulnerable to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other ailments.

Washington Post
Jun 30, 2008 Black Lawmakers Seek Restrictions on Menthol Cigarettes

QUOTE: The 43-member caucus is taking aim at a provision in the bill that would ban candy-, fruit- and spice-flavored cigarettes but that specifically exempts menthol. In recent weeks the exemption has become the focus of controversy because menthol brands are heavily used by black smokers, who develop a large share of smoking-related cancers and other health risks.

New York Times
Jun 16, 2008 Physicians’ Group Furious at Cigars in ‘Hulk’ Movie

QUOTE: Last week, the advocacy arm of the powerful physicians’ group unleashed a tsk-tsk campaign against “The Incredible Hulk,” a Marvel film that opened on Friday and is distributed by Universal Pictures. The complaint was of “gratuitous depictions of smoking.” In the movie, which drew a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, Gen. Thunderbolt Ross, a bad guy played by William Hurt, is rarely seen without a smoke-spewing cigar. (Presumably, the physicians’ association worries that children who identify with the authoritarian general — who wants to annihilate the Hulk, played by Edward Norton — may be tempted to pick up the habit.)

New York Times

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