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The American Medical Association

Barbara L. McAneny, MD, MACP, FASCOBarbara L. McAneny, MD, MACP, FASCO
Former President of the AMA
AMA Representative to the CoC

The mission of the American Medical Association (AMA) is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. The AMA is the physicians’ powerful ally in patient care, elevating the physician voice to help remove obstacles that interfere with patient care, to improve public health, and to drive the future of medicine through improved technology, training, and education.

Among the oldest and most influential physician organizations in the U.S., AMA’s membership includes more than 200,000 physicians from every state and some 190 state, specialty, and sub-specialty medical societies.

In 2019, the AMA leveraged the power of physician advocacy to call out technology companies for lax enforcement of e-cigarette advertising and to urge a federal ban on flavored smoking devices. We protected the rights of patients through the courts in North Dakota and Oregon, defending freedom of speech between patients and physicians in two closely watched legal cases. We led the national effort to “right-size” the cumbersome prior authorization process that can jeopardize patient care, building industry consensus and backing legislation to streamline the process at the federal level and advance reforms in more than 15 states.

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic—one of the most serious threats to public health in a century—AMA fought for the safety of physicians and medical personnel on the front lines, pushing the administration for emergency funding and to alleviate shortages of testing supplies, protective equipment. We created the AMA COVID-19 Resource Center to provide physicians with trusted, evidence-based resources to help them navigate the pandemic. We promoted widespread adoption of telemedicine, helped secure millions financial support for independent physicians, and developed step-by-step guidelines to reopen physician practices.

Over the next year, AMA will work collaboratively to bring greater equity to medicine, improve access to our health system, reduce the chronic disease burden, and eliminate unnecessary administrative hassles and regulations that undermine patient care.