May 2011: Progress at the AMA and DC FLI

By Karen Howard, Executive Director

AMA and AANP in Chicago
On Tuesday, May 10, the American Medical Association (AMA) met with fourteen representatives of the Coalition for Patients' Rights (CPR) – including the AANP Executive Director and President Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc. This meeting was the result of a series of letters and phone calls from CPR to the AMA initiated in 2010 by a letter raising our concerns about the AMA's Scope of Practice Data Series. More than a year later, after numerous letters and conversations, the meeting was held.
The meeting was cordial and frank, offering new potential to revise the existing documents originally created by a mandate of the AMA House of Delegates. Through our introductions and commentary, this face-to-face meeting with Dr. Ardis Hoven, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Michael Maves, MBA, Executive VP and CEO, was respectful and collegial, focused on a need to move forward in recognition of how patient care is evolving in the field and, as Dr. Hoven described it, “team care.”
During the two-hour session a general commitment was expressed to continue to dialogue with a focus on seeking a shared understanding of how we could build interdisciplinary, patient-centered teams – what they would look like and how they are developed and maintained within different locales and settings. While no specifics were delineated, we did agree that staff from AMA and CPR will look for future meeting dates to come together and move forward productively.
At this year’s 8th Annual DC Federal Legislative Initiative, our Capitol Hill lobby day, 165 NDs and students traveled to Washington, D.C. The event culminated with our annual reception attended by more than 500 congressional staff and Members of Congress. Key issues included implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and defining the term “integrative health care practitioner,” as well as inclusion in key loan, scholarship, and primary care residency programs. Interested in learning more? Click here to view the AANP’s fact sheets.

Click here to view photos from this year's DC FLI!