by Kate Alfano, CMS Director of Communications and Marketing

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ur Colorado delegation to the American Medical Association were part of nearly 700 physicians, residents and medical students who gathered in Chicago for the 2022 AMA Annual Meeting to consider a wide array of proposals to help fulfill the AMA’s core mission of promoting medicine and improving public health. This was the first in-person meeting of the AMA House of Delegates since the emergence of COVID-19 and physicians enjoyed being back together for the first time in three years.

Thank you to these leaders on the
Colorado Delegation to the AMA!

David Downs, MD, FACP

Carolynn Francavilla Brown, MD

Jan Kief, MD

Rachelle Klammer, MD

Katie Lozano, MD, FACR

Lee Morgan, MD, delegation chair

Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD

Lynn Parry MSc, MD

Brigitta Robinson, MD, FACS

Michael Volz, MD

Francavilla Brown was elected vice chair for the private practice physician section. New to the delegation and representing Colorado in the Young Physicians Section are Kamran Dastoury, MD, and Erin Schwab, MD.

Following persistent advocacy and leadership by CMS member Michael A. Puente Jr, MD, and Rocky Vista University student Jimmy Rager, a resolution was adopted by the House of Delegates to reverse an outdated policy banning blood and tissue donation based on sexuality. Because of their action, the AMA will lobby the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use modern medical knowledge to revise its decades-old deferral criteria for donors of corneas and other tissues.

Francavilla Brown testified against a policy that would discourage informal breastmilk sharing. Especially in the middle of a formula shortage, she spoke in support of milk that is being shared. Francavilla Brown was quoted in MedPage Today: “It is milk that is good enough for their own baby. There is no reason it wouldn't be good enough for someone else's baby.” She asked delegates to examine why they feel uncomfortable with this practice, suggesting the problem is a form of cultural bias.

Among other policies passed by the AMA HOD were measures to stop misinformation in public health, seek legal protections for patients seeking and physicians providing reproductive health services, support additional steps to prevent gun violence, stop insurance coverage losses when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends and help private practices as they navigate new payment models.

AMA leaders unveiled the AMA Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians, which aims to critical components of the profession by:

  • Fixing prior authorization,
  • Leading the charge to reform Medicare pay,
  • Fighting scope creep,
  • Supporting telehealth, and 
  • Reducing physician burnout. 

Jack Resneck, Jr, MD, who will be the special guest at the Colorado Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Breckenridge, was inaugurated president of the AMA during the AMA Annual Meeting.

In his inaugural address he acknowledged the immense COVID-19-related challenges that are still ongoing. “While it would be easy to get overwhelmed by despair, as I begin this new role, I’ve never been prouder of my physician colleagues. I've never been prouder to be part of this profession. And I've never been prouder of our AMA.”

The Colorado Delegation to the AMA is here to help individual CMS members have a voice in national policy and your delegation encourages all CMS members to get involved. Join the American Medical Association at member.ama-assn.org/join-renew. Plan to attend an upcoming AMA meeting; www.ama-assn.org/about/events. Attend a meeting of the Colorado Delegation to the AMA or reach out any time to discuss your ideas for federal health care policy; contact dianna_fetter@cms.org. All are welcome!


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