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AMA Outlines Initiatives to White House to Help Slow Increases In Health Spending
Date:6/1/2009

Contributes to Effort to Bend Spending Curve to Help Move Health Reform Forward

WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was released today by Nancy H. Nielsen, M.D., President, American Medical Association:

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"The American Medical Association (AMA) joined with five other organizations in the health sector today to outline initiatives to help achieve President Obama's goal of decreasing the health-care cost growth rate by 1.5 percent, saving $2 trillion or more over the next 10 years.

"The AMA is committed to action to help achieve greater value from our nation's health-care spending. We want to help bend the spending curve and move forward on health reform. Our proposals focus on making sure people get the right care at the right time, addressing appropriateness of care, overutilization of some services and avoidable hospital readmissions.

"The AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI), with the efforts of more than 100 state and national medical specialty societies, continues to develop measures to improve health-care quality and value.

"Efforts to reduce unnecessary utilization include the following PCPI-selected topics for development of overuse measures this year: surgical and non-surgical management of back pain, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for chronic stable coronary artery disease, induction of labor/Caesarean section, antibiotics for sinusitis and various types of diagnostic imaging.

"Other specific efforts include a set of measures to improve care transitions from hospitals to other settings to avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions and
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