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AMA President Says Docs Group Will Do ‘Whatever We Can’ On The Health Law

In an interview, Ardis Dee Hoven, the American Medical Association's new president, says that there is no formal role, but that the organization has been in touch with the Obama administration about how physicians can help patients get the information they need. Meanwhile, The Hill reports on a consumer survey that finds the health overhaul is not a consistent topic of conversation between doctors and patients.

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: AMA To Do 'Whatever We Can' To Help Carry Out Health Law
In an interview taped for C-SPAN's Newsmakers, Ardis Dee Hoven, who became the AMA's 168th president last month, said the White House has not approached her or the AMA directly about a formal role, but "we have been in communication with many, many individuals in the administration about our role as physicians in this and what we can help them do, and what we can do to help our patients get the kind of information they need" (Carey, 7/2).

The Hill: Survey: Half Of Docs Aren't Discussing ObamaCare With Patients
ObamaCare isn't a consistent topic of discussion between doctors and patients, even as the law's major provisions are set to take effect, according to a new consumer survey. Half of patients with a regular doctor haven't heard him or her talk about health care reform at appointments, according to HealthPocket, a consumer resource on health insurance (Viebeck, 7/2).

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