AMA adopts policy to advance gender equity in medicine

(HealthDay)—The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has adopted a new policy to study, act for, and advocate to advance gender equity in medicine, according to a report published in the association’s AMA Wire.

As part of this action, the House of Delegates pledged to advocate policies that promote transparency in defining criteria for physician compensation; advocate pay structures based on objective, gender-neutral criteria; encourage a specified approach for oversight of compensation models, metrics, and actual total compensation; and advocate training to identify and mitigate implicit bias for those in positions to determine salary and bonuses.

The AMA was also directed to draft a report detailing its positions and recommendations for gender equity in medicine, collect and analyze demographic data on the inclusion of women members, and commit to pay equity across organizations. In order to reduce gender bias, the AMA was directed to recommend elimination of the question of prior salary information from job applications, create an awareness campaign to inform physicians of their rights, establish educational programs to empower all genders to negotiate for equitable compensation; and create guidance relating to transparency of compensation for medical schools and health care facilities.

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AMA proposes policy opposing medicaid ‘lockout’ provisions

(HealthDay)—A new policy opposing lockout provisions that block Medicaid patients from the program for lengthy periods and instead supporting allowing patients to reapply immediately for redetermination was adopted by the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates during the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago, according to an article published in the association’s AMA Wire.

The policy came in response to recently approved state Medicaid waivers that block patients from Medicaid for up to six months for not meeting deadlines or paperwork requirements. These waivers include provisions whereby patients who fail to promptly complete paperwork can no longer just reapply for benefits but remain locked out for several months. Patients are thereby forced to go uninsured and cannot access needed health care services.

The final policy that was adopted expanded on the original proposal to oppose lockout provisions for patients who failed to meet other administrative requirements, such as not satisfying a work requirement or failing to make timely premium payments, and therefore have been terminated from the program but subsequently comply with requirements within the lockout period.

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