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AMA votes to support interstate treatment policies

June 19, 2012
by Charlene Marietti
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Among other proposals adopted, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted at its annual policy-making meeting yesterday to support the development of state programs allowing physicians to provide professional services across state lines. The proposal applies to licensed physicians who cross state lines to treat patients at free clinics and in underserved communities.

Other proposals gaining approval of members of the AMA, which is the largest physician organization in the US, were preserving moonlighting opportunities for medical residents and fellows and advocating for federal and/or state legislation that protects training positions at U.S.-based academic centers now being squeezed by an influx of funding from non-U.S.-based, for-profit and unaccredited medical schools seeking to place their graduates.

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