MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2013

AMA Meets Next Month to Discuss Health Care Innovations and Shape Policy to Advance the Health of the Nation

The American Medical Association (AMA) will gather physician leaders, medical students and residents from all corners of medicine in Chicago next month to discuss cutting edge health care innovations, hear some of the nation's foremost health care thought leaders and shape the health care agenda of the premiere national physician organization in the country.

The AMA’s House of Delegates is the policy-making body at the center of American medicine, bringing together an inclusive group of physicians, medical students and residents representing every state and medical field. Delegates will work in a democratic process to create a national physician consensus on emerging issues in public health, science, ethics, business and government to continually provide safer, higher quality, and more efficient care for patients and communities.

The AMA has been empowering the nation’s physicians for more than 165 years through its unwavering commitment to use its profound knowledge and unequaled resources to shape a better future for America’s medical students, physicians and patients with a single goal: to advance the health of the nation.

WHAT: Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Downtown Chicago

WHEN:
Special events and programs start Friday, June 14. The House of Delegates will convene from Saturday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 19.

SCHEDULE & AGENDA: The AMA Annual Meeting website has comprehensive information, including the schedule, travel information and a preliminary list of reports and resolutions. A final list of reports and resolutions will be posted by May 17.

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MEDIA CONTACT & CREDENTIALS: The AMA House of Delegates is open to credentialed members of the press. To arrange for press credentials, please contact AMA Media Relations at (312) 464-4430.

SPECIAL EVENTS: A series of special events, announcements and educational presentations will be offered throughout the day on Friday, June 14. Times and locations are subject to change.

Doctors Back to School
8 to 11:30 a.m. (CT) at Rachel Carson Elementary School, 5516 S. Maplewood Avenue, Chicago
Physicians and medical students will present healthy lifestyle choices and inspire Chicago students to consider a career in health care.

Next Generation Physician Payment and Delivery Models
1 p.m. (CT) at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago
During the first business meeting of the new Integrated Physician Practice Section, an overview will be presented of the AMA’s initial work on enhancing physician satisfaction and practice sustainability, a key part of our new strategic plan focused shaping delivery and payment models.

Innovations in Medicine
4 to 5:30 p.m. (CT) at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago
Feature speakers will share inspiring and thought-provoking talks that will focus on innovations across health care and medicine.

AMA Announces Grant Awardees to Launch Innovations in Medical Education
7 to 9 p.m. (CT) at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago
The AMA will announce which of the proposals to transform medical education submitted by more than 80 percent of the nation's medical schools have been selected as part of the AMA's $10 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.

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About the American Medical Association (AMA) Since 1847 the American Medical Association has had one mission: to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. Today, the core strategy used to carry out this mission is our concerted effort to help doctors help patients. We do this by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues. In 2011 our strategic plan focuses on five areas that encompass the central elements in health system reform: Access to care Quality of care Cost of health care Prevention and wellness Payment models Vist the AMA's 2011 strategic plan at: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/strategic-issues.page These topics represent the major areas of emphasis in which the AMA carries out its mission in the current environment. Our proposed actions are not only directed at solving reform issues at the policy level, but also at helping physicians adapt to—and adopt—changes in a productive way. To learn more about how the AMA is moving medicine forward, read our flyer at: http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/about-ama/moving-medicine-forward.pdf.