The American Medical Association is one of the best-funded lobbying shops in Washington, and their current CEO and Executive Vice President, Michael Maves, will leave his post in June.
The health law directs the FDA this month to issue proposed rules for restaurants and other food vendors to begin providing calorie-count information.
One of the lesser-known provisions of the new health law calls for federal loans to help fund health cooperatives. Scott Armstrong, the CEO of Group Health, says that co-ops can improve patient care and contain costs.
The AMA was the biggest spender for lobbying operations among health care groups last year as it faced a backlash from members angry that the new health law didn’t reverse planned cuts in Medicare reimbursements.
The Independent Payment Advisory Board, a key cost-containment provision of the health law scheduled to be created this year, faces an uncertain future.
A look at six provisions that House committees could try to ax as they begin working to revise the health overhaul.
Health-sector PACs – ranging from doctors to hospitals to drug companies – generally favored incumbent Democrats, according to a KHN analysis. Two doctor groups backed more Republicans.