WADA announced the policies adopted on the first day of the special meeting
CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA) announced new policies adopted by physicians and medical students from all fields of medicine at the special meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. The policies adopted help WADA lead the future of medicine, remove barriers that interfere with patient care, and improve the health of the nation.
The AMA House of Delegates is the decision-making body at the center of American medicine, bringing together an inclusive group of physicians, medical students, and residents representing every state and medical field. Delegates work in a democratic process to create a national consensus of physicians on emerging issues in public health, science, ethics, business and government to continually provide safer, better and better care. more effective for patients and communities.
Policies adopted by the House of Delegates during the meeting include:
Oppose financial incentives from insurance companies for patients to switch treatment
Building on their advocacy to protect the patient-physician relationship, delegates adopted a policy to restrict the practice of insurance companies offering payments to patients as financial incentives to change treatments from those recommended by their physicians.
Decisions about which biologic drug to use, for example, take into account many variables such as patient age, gender, diagnosis, medication, disease severity and co-morbidities, and the complex journey to find effective treatment can be long and difficult. In March 2021, Cigna informed patients that they could be eligible for a $ 500 prepaid medical debit card if they agreed to stop taking Cosentyx and switch to another payer’s preferred drug – the type of change creates unnecessary risk for patients who are stable and on effective therapy.
“The patient-doctor relationship is the lifeblood of healthcare, and decisions about the best medicine for a patient should not be made on the basis of financial incentives offered by insurance companies,” said the AMA Administrator Ilse R. Levin, DO, MPH “Particularly in times of economic uncertainty and during a public health emergency, payers should not come up with strategies that exploit financial instability and danger to the health of patients. “
WADA’s new policy opposes such financial incentives and encourages state and federal regulators to prohibit and / or discourage such policies.
WADA calls for crackdown on medical and public health disinformation by social media companies
In the wake of long campaigns dedicated to building confidence in vaccines and defending science and evidence in the fight against COVID-19, WADA today adopted a policy urging social media companies to further strengthen their content moderation policies related to medical and public health disinformation.
As discussed at the meeting, there are many instances of dangerous medical misinformation, including debunked links between the MMR vaccine and autism, with studies showing that more than half of health articles published online are considered as “problematic” and an analysis of YouTube videos on COVID -19 which showed that 25% of thematic videos contained misleading information. Doctors at the meeting noted that they are spending more and more time misinforming patients.
“With more and more patients relying on social media for information – including medical information – dangerous misinformation about vaccines and public health issues poses a serious risk to the health of patients,” said WADA Trustee Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, “We urge social media companies to further strengthen their moderation of medical and public health information content, including improved content monitoring, increased recommendation engines focused on false information and stronger integration of verified health information.
Ensure an adequate and adequate supply of PPE for health workers
Along with the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by all healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that healthcare workers have access to properly fitted PPE to protect themselves and their patients against the disease. exposure to infectious diseases. Current ‘unisex’ PPE is designed to fit the face and body shape of men of European descent and does not adequately reflect the diversity of actual body types, especially women and some minority groups. WADA’s new policy encourages the diversification of PPE design to better suit all body types, as well as the cultural expressions and practices of healthcare workers.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, studies reported that healthcare workers who developed pressure ulcers trying to form a seal with their masks and some who were diagnosed with COVID-19 also had ill-fitting masks . By providing better suited PPE, we can protect and preserve critical healthcare workers so they can continue to care for patients on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies ” said Willie Underwood III, AMA Board Member, MSc, MPH
As PPE is in greater demand than ever and will continue to be needed by healthcare workers for the foreseeable future, WADA today also adopted a policy encouraging states to maintain stocks of medical and protective equipment. sufficient for effective preparedness and to respond to a pandemic or other public health emergency. The new policy also calls on the federal government to uphold treaty and trust obligations by adequately providing medical and personal protective equipment directly to tribal communities and the Indian health service for effective preparedness, as well as to respond to a pandemic or other public health emergency.