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AMA premium-support debate to be continued
Modern Healthcare

The American Medical Association’s great debate over transitioning Medicare to a premium-support system fizzled out as the final action taken at the year’s annual House of Delegates meeting called upon the organization to take the issue up again at its interim meeting scheduled for Nov. 10-13 in Honolulu.

Delegates spent an hour discussing the issue in a committee meeting on Sunday. On Tuesday, delegates accepted the committee’s recommendation, which included giving the resolution a new title—switching to “Medicare Financing Options” from “Transitioning Medicare to a Premium Support System”—and adding some words signifying that beneficiaries could also choose to remain the in “traditional” program.