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Capitol Health Call
January 12, 2005

Specialty Physicians’ Agenda

JAMA. 2005;293(2):151. doi:10.1001/jama.293.2.151-d

The Alliance of Specialty Medicine said it has three priority items it hopes will be addressed by the Bush Administration and the new 109th Congress. The alliance is a coalition of 14 national medical specialty societies representing more than 220 000 physicians.

First, the group is seeking medical liability reform to reduce frivolous malpractice lawsuits and stabilize professional liability insurance costs. The alliance also said the formula used to set yearly updates in Medicare physician reimbursement rates is flawed and needs to be fixed to prevent the possibility that fees would be reduced by 5% each year from 2006 to 2012.