Gun Violence, Sexual Harassment Focus of AMA Annual Meeting

Gun Violence, Sexual Harassment Focus of AMA Annual Meeting

CHICAGO — Gun violence, value-based contracting, and sexual harassment in medicine will be on the agenda as the American Medical Association (AMA) convenes its 167th annual House of Delegates meeting here this weekend. Sexual harassment will be a special focus, with a session on Saturday morning explaining how doctors, medical students, and healthcare organizations can learn to recognize and mitigate harassment. Gun violence also will be in the spotlight, with a session on Monday morning about what physicians can do to prevent the problem. Speakers will include three emergency medicine physicians. Monday morning also features a panel on value-based contracting, including how to navigate cost and quality metrics as well as risk-based payments. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, will be a special guest at the meeting. Adams will speak Monday afternoon at the beginning of the delegates’ first voting session. The main business of the meeting, of course, is considering and voting on resolutions brought forward from delegates and from AMA governing bodies. One resolution from the AMA’s Council on Medical Service suggests that the AMA should support expanding eligibility for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) premium tax credits to people earning up to 500% of the federal poverty level, or $60,700 for an individual; the current upper limit is 400%, or $48,560. Another resolution, from the American Academy of Pediatrics delegation, would have the AMA oppose efforts to arm teachers. On a related note, the New York State delegation has proposed a resolution supporting a ban on […]

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