Managed Care Reform

AMA Letter Supporting Republicans on HR 2723, the Norwood-Dingell managed care reform bill

Letter from the AMA to House Republican Cosponsors of HR 2723, the "Bipartisan Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act of 1999."

The Honorable Sherwood L. Boehlert
U.S. House of Representatives
2246 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Boehlert:

On behalf of the 300,000 physician and student members of the American Medical Association (AMA) and millions of patients, thank you for your courage in standing with Representative Charlie Norwood and others in support of patient protections.

Congressional action on patient protections remains critical in the minds of voters - this month a CNN/Gallup poll found that 83% of those polled said passing a Patient's Bill of Rights is very important and was rated the number one priority.

Your continued vigilance on this issue is especially critical during the August recess. We strongly encourage you to continue to support the following important principles:

bullet"Medical necessity" determined according to generally accepted standards of medical practice by a prudent physician
bulletA truly independent and binding external review process
bulletAccountability for medical decisions made by health plans
bulletA prudent layperson definition of "emergency medical condition"
bulletProper disclosure of information regarding benefits and costs
bulletProhibition on gag clauses and practices
bulletAdequate choice of physicians and plans

Thank you again for your stalwart support of meaningful and effective patient protections. We have a long road ahead of us to achieve our goals and will continue to support you in your efforts to enact a truly meaningful patients' rights bill.

E. Ratcliffe Anderson, Jr., MD


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