Last year, the AMA convened a new SGR Task Force to provide physician input and leadership into the discussions in Congress
about Medicare payment. Representatives of key specialty societies such as those in internal medicine, family medicine, surgery,
cardiology, anesthesiology, and psychiatry, as well as various state medical societies including those of California, Texas,
Massachusetts, Ohio, and Wisconsin, came together at the AMA offices in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Ardis Hoven,
M.D., the chair of the AMA Board of Trustees, to discuss the issues and whether it is possible to present a united front so
that physicians have a single, strong voice under resolute leadership as decisions are being made about Medicare payment.
Gene Cassel and Nick Meyers from our Division of Advocacy and I have represented APA. Patrice Harris, M.D., an APA member
who chairs the AMA's Council on Legislation, has also attended.