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  • Illinois Delegation Heads to Annual AMA Policy Meeting

    Physicians and medical students from around the nation will gather June 11-15 in Chicago for the AMA House of Delegates meeting to debate proposed policies on key topics in medicine.

    Your Illinois Delegation to the AMA will be hard at work presenting numerous resolutions at the meeting, all of which are the result of actions taken at the ISMS House of Delegates meeting in April.

    Key topics include:

    • Pain as the Fifth Vital Sign – Studies and the individual experience of physicians have shown that treating pain as the “fifth vital sign” has not improved outcomes of pain treatment and has contributed to prescription drug abuse. Our resolution proposes that the AMA advocate for the elimination of pain as the fifth vital sign from professional standards and usage.
    • Transparency in Television Advertising of Unregulated Medications and Medical Devices – Many dietary supplements, vitamins and other health-related products are promoted like medications or medical devices on television. It can be difficult for laypeople to determine whether the advertised products have actually been proven to be safe or effective. Our resolution asks the AMA to adopt policy that all advertisements for non-FDA-approved health care related products display a warning that their statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and the product advertised is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    • Reuniting Military Service Dogs with Service Personnel Handlers after Retirement to Reduce PTSD – Evidence has shown that combat veterans can benefit from assistance by service animals, and reuniting veterans with working dogs they were responsible for and served with in combat can be a boon to both human and animal. Our resolution asks the AMA to work with appropriate federal and state organizations to support ways in which these retired service animals can be reunited with their military handlers.

    Other Illinois resolutions ask the AMA to:

    • Analyze the benefits and difficulties of a single-payer health care system in the United States.
    • Develop policy on the issue of dry needling practice by non-physicians.
    • Support the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
    • Adopt pediatric noise exposure standards.
    • Adopt policy stipulating that conflict of interest disclosure information be eliminated from all re-credentialing activities for physicians who do not hold specified leadership, budgeting or purchasing-related positions or responsibilities within health care institutions.

    Review all AMA reports and resolutions

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