American Medical Association

AMA Calls For Total Ban On All E-Cigarette, Vaping Products

Nov 20, 2019

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. 

Despite a ban in 22 Florida communities, conversion therapy is a widespread practice in Florida, according to activists. 

5 Takeaways From Court Arguments On Trump’s New Abortion Referral Rule

Sep 25, 2019
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Monday’s oral arguments before a federal appeals court were intended to center on whether the Trump administration’s new Protect Life Rule should stay in effect while lower courts consider a legal challenge by nearly two dozen states, including California, as well as the American Medical Association, Planned Parenthood and other opponents. 

Meth Is Back And Hospitalizations Surge

Nov 26, 2018
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The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids.

Once Its Greatest Foes, Doctors Are Embracing Single-Payer

Aug 7, 2018
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When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.

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There is another opioid crisis happening in the U.S., and it has nothing to do with the overdose epidemic: Hospitals are frequently running out of widely used injected painkillers.

The University of North Florida is gearing up to host more than 200 medical professionals for the inaugural Future of Health Care conference.

The incoming president of the nation’s largest doctors’ group will kick off the event with a keynote address Monday.


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Changing the way it does business, Medicare on Friday unveiled a far-reaching overhaul of how it pays doctors and other clinicians.

Abortion Restrictions Pass House Panel After Debate

Feb 3, 2016
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After a passionate debate, a House panel on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging bill that would place more regulations on abortion clinics and address issues such as the sale or donation of fetal tissue.

Florida insurance regulators this week will scrutinize two major health plan mergers.

Many people have seen the ads on TV pushing this pill or that device. It's usually followed by "Ask your doctor if this medication is right for you."

But the American Medical Association says those ads contribute to rising drug costs and patient demands for inappropriate treatments and they're calling for a ban on what they call "direct-to-consumer" ads for prescription drugs and implantable devices.

Insurers Find Out-Of-Network Bills As Much As 1,400 Percent Higher

Oct 5, 2015

It’s common knowledge that consumers have to pay more money if they choose doctors or hospitals outside of their insurance plan’s network. But a new analysis prepared by the insurance industry seeks to show just how much more in each of the 50 states.

Medicare Slow to Adopt Telemedicine

Jun 24, 2015
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Donna Miles didn’t feel like getting dressed and driving to her physician’s office or to a retailer’s health clinic near her Cincinnati home.

For several days, she had thought she had thrush, a mouth infection that made her tongue sore and discolored with raised white spots. When Miles, 68, awoke on a wintry February morning and the pain had not subsided, she decided to see a doctor.

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A budding bipartisan deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts, championed by the House's two top leaders, is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups.

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  The Florida Medical Association's House of Delegates overwhelmingly adopted a resolution supporting Medicaid expansion to cover uninsured low-income adults at FMA's annual meeting on Sunday, according  to doctors who were there.

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Acid-inhibiting drugs like Zantac and Prilosec have become hugely popular because they're so good at preventing the unpleasant symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion.

But the drugs also make it more likely that a person will be short on vitamin B-12. And that can contribute to health problems including depression, nerve damage and dementia.

A Washington Post review of data from Florida outpatient surgery centers discovered that some gastroenterologists and other physicians were being paid for doing procedures that would add up to  more than 12 hours a day -- in some cases, more than 24 hours a day.

Obesity Is A 'Disease.' Now What?

Jun 21, 2013

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Obesity has long been recognized as a public health problem. But this week, the American Medical Association, the nation's largest professional organization of physicians, has taken the step of officially recognizing obesity as a disease.

In 1979, a federal court in Tampa granted an injunction that ordered federal health officials to keep secret the  amount that Medicare pays doctors.  Now that ruling has been overturned.

That secrecy has reigned nationwide all these years -- even after the Wall Street Journal crunched data and published articles that showed certain physicians were almost certainly committing fraud and collecting unearned sums at taxpayers' expense.