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June 2010
Policy and Advocacy
AMA Endorses 10 x ’20 Initiative
Group Also Approves IDSA Proposals on HIV Testing and Clinical Practice Guidelines

The American Medical Association (AMA) endorsed IDSA’s 10 x ’20 initiative earlier this month, joining a growing list (PDF) of more than 20 organizations, including the American College of Physicians (ACP). AMA’s House of Delegates voted to endorse the campaign at their annual meeting, June 12-16, in Chicago. AMA delegates also approved resolutions submitted by IDSA that:

  • Support coverage of routine HIV testing by all public and private insurers. The Society’s resolution, developed by the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), also encouraged a review of the evidence for routine testing by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, whose recommendations influence insurance coverage decisions.
  • Support an independent development process for clinical practice guidelines and oppose efforts to improperly influence or politicize recommendations in these guidelines. IDSA’s resolution called on AMA to oppose efforts to legislate the practice of medicine by mandating coverage of or sanctioning treatments proven to be ineffective or potentially harmful, such as long-term antibiotic therapies for Lyme disease.

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