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June 2016
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  • Your Wrap-Up of the AMA Policy Meeting

    Physicians and medical students from around the nation gathered in Chicago last week for the AMA House of Delegates meeting to debate proposed policies on hot topics in medicine.

    Your Illinois Delegation to the AMA presented numerous resolutions at the meeting.

    Physicians address the opioid crisis

    ISMS submitted a resolution that proposed the elimination of pain as the “fifth vital sign.” Studies and the individual experience of physicians have shown that treating pain as a vital sign has not improved outcomes of pain treatment and has contributed to the rise in prescription drug overuse, particularly of opioids.

    The AMA adopted policy consistent with ISMS’ resolution that advocates that pain as the fifth vital sign now be eliminated from professional standards and usage. In addition, new AMA policy calls for the removal of the pain management component of patient satisfaction surveys as it pertains to payment and quality metrics.

    This topic generated much interest and healthy dialogue due to the opioid crisis occurring in our nation.

    Lift ban on gun research funding

    With the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, the AMA voted in favor of a late resolution to declare gun violence as a public health issue and called on Congress to end a ban on gun violence research that was implemented in 1996. The ban prohibits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from funding research on gun violence.

    The Illinois Delegation chose to be a co-sponsor of this late resolution.

    In April, the ISMS House of Delegates passed a similar policy. ISMS condemns the daily firearm violence throughout our state and nation, and supports funding the CDC’s research on firearm safety or gun violence prevention.

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    Two Illinois “Bills” elected to lead AMA

    Rockford’s William Kobler, MD, was re-elected for a second term on the AMA’s Board as ISMS’ endorsed candidate. Dr. Kobler’s AMA leadership has extended to the AMA Foundation, which he served as president in 2015-2016.

    William McDade, MD, PhD, was elected to the AMA Board as a candidate from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. McDade currently chairs the ISMS Board, but recently announced he is leaving Illinois for a senior position at Ochsner health system in New Orleans.

    Congratulations to Drs. Kobler and McDade!

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