AMA Meeting Decisions of Note

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates met in Chicago this week. Two decisions coming out of the meeting caught my attention:

  • The AMA is recommending that federal and state agencies investigate pharmacy based medical clinics, such as Minute Clinics, on conflict of interest grounds. According to, “The AMA said the request, made Monday at its annual meeting in Chicago, was spurred by reports that retailers say the store-based clinics help increase store traffic, which can increase sales of prescription drugs and non-health related items.” The Convenient Care Association and other supporters of free market competition took umbrage with the AMA’s position.
  • The AMA is “endorsing the use of radio frequency identification tags (RFIDs), which store essential medical information under the skin of patients.” What is the frequency Kenneth?