The AMA Alliance is the largest organization representing the family of medicine in the United States. The Alliance network of physicians and physicians’ spouses represents all stages of the medical lifestyle, from the training years to retirement.
The Alliance’s Stop America’s Violence Everywhere (SAVE) program targets the 15 million children in first through fourth grade in every public and private school. Since the 1995 inception of SAVE, Alliance members have developed more than 700 antiviolence programs, including mentoring programs, teen hotline cards and mental health seminars, and distributed more than 2 million pieces of anti-violence materials. The SAVE program has been recognized by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
AMA Alliance National Conference:
Annual Meeting and Leadership Sessions
Open to all members, this year’s theme is “Real Life Answers”
Date: June 8-10, 2014
Hyatt Magnificent Mile – Chicago
Hotel Booking Link
Registration is now open!
Annual Meeting and Leadership Sessions: Save the Date Flyer and Preliminary Conference Schedule (updates to schedule will be made as needed)
AMA SGR LEGISLATION UPDATE
On Monday evening, the Senate passed H.R. 4302, the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” which postpones the imminent 24 percent Medicare physician payment cut for 12 months, until April 1, 2015. Although many Senators spoke against passing this 17th Medicare payment patch, the Senate vote was 64 to 35. (Sixty votes were needed for passage.) The House passed an identical version of the bill by voice vote on March 27, and President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.
The AMA and many other physician organizations, including over 80 state medical societies and national specialty societies, sent a letter on March 26 urging members of the House of Representatives to vote against the bill. The AMA sent a similar letter of strong opposition to the Senate on March 28.
Over the past year, bipartisan, bicameral policy was developed to eliminate SGR and reform the Medicare physician payment system, which is strongly supported by the AMA and over 600 medical organizations. The AMA is “extremely disappointed” in the actions by the House and Senate, and we will continue to urge Congress to return to the bipartisan process that produced the unprecedented agreement on Medicare physician payment and delivery system reform.
See an AMA section-by-section summary of H.R. 4302 for detailed information.
|The AMA Alliance is partnered with the Alliance Health Education Initiative Foundation to support community health projects across the country. For more information on the Alliance Health Education Initiative click here.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
- Ethyl alcohol, the intoxicating ingredient found in alcoholic beverages, is a drug that depresses the central nervous system.
- Over 38 million adults in the U.S. binge drink at least 4 times per month.
- For men, this means drinking 5 or more alcoholic beverages within a short time.
- For women, this means 4 or more drinks within a short time.
- 80,000 deaths are caused yearly by intoxicated drivers.
- Most binge drinkers are not alcoholics.
- Women absorb more alcohol when they drink. They are affected faster and the effects last longer than in a male.
NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY
April 26, 2014 – 10AM to 2PMThe National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.Find a location near you and for further information:http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, approximately 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2012. Child abuse covers physical, sexual, emotional abuse, as well as neglect of a child below age 18 by any person in a custodial role.
- Stop child abuse before it begins.
- Provide caregivers with a plan to promote nurturing relationships and how to create stable and safe environments.
- Educate caregivers on how to develop good communication, proper and safe discipline and the importance of taking care of the physical and emotional needs of a child.
- Create social and community support for the development of strong, healthy bonds between children and adults they can trust.
- Screen to diagnose suspected abuse of any type as soon as warning signs and patterns of abusive behavior are reported.
The AMA Alliance has been encouraging the prevention of child abuse through its S.A.V.E. program.
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