Now that the AMA has clearly sold out doctors on ObamaCare, people are beginning to ask just what this stakeholder has at stake.
Hal Scherz, M.D., pediatric urologist in Atlanta, writes about the AMA’s lucrative monopoly on the CPT (current procedural terminology) codes that are required by Medicare and many other insurers in the May 7 Wall Street Journal.
AAPS brought up this contract at the AMA’s Fly-In on proposed E&M documentation guidelines, as noted in the July/August 1998 issue of our journal, then titled The Medical Sentinel.
In 2001, AAPS highlighted Sen. Trent Lott’s challenge to that monopoly: http://www.aapsonline.org/press/nraapslott.htm
With such a clear conflict of interest, how can the AMA represent physicians’ interests?