Doctors back continued nationwide access to medication abortion

At the urging of the AMA and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Biden administration announced that it will take steps to protect patients’ access to mifepristone.

“Some states are saying that they’ll try to ban or severely restrict access to” mifepristone and other medications, President Joe Biden said in response to the Supreme Court’s 6–3 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned the decades-old Roe v. Wade precedent guaranteeing abortion rights nationwide.

“The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists wrote to me and Vice President Harris stressing that these laws are not based on evidence and asking us to act to protect access to care,” the president added. “They say by limiting access to these medicines, maternal mortality will climb in America.”

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ICYMI: 10 stories to read from the 2022 AMA Annual Meeting

Nearly 700 physicians, residents and medical students gathered in Chicago for the 2022 AMA Annual Meeting to consider a wide array of proposals to help fulfill the AMA’s core mission of promoting medicine and improving public health.

The occasion marked the first time that the AMA House of Delegates met in person since the emergence of COVID-19, and the physicians did so following a strict health-and-safety protocol. 

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For a more complete rundown, check out the Highlights from the 2022 AMA Annual Meeting.

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The meeting also was the stage for the full unveiling of the AMA Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians.

10 principles to fix Medicare’s unsustainable physician pay system

The AMA and 120 state medical and national specialty societies have endorsed a set of 10 principles that should guide Congress as lawmakers ponder a much-needed overhaul to remedy the financial instabilities that are affecting physician practices due to the pandemic, statutory payment cuts, lack of inflationary updates and significant administrative burdens.

Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, physicians are in the middle of a six-year payment freeze. Adjusted for inflation in practice costs, Medicare physician payment fell 20% from 2001 to 2021, and without an inflation-based update, the gap between frozen physician payment rates and rising inflation in medical practice costs will widen. The Medicare payment system is on an unsustainable path threatening patient access to physicians.

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