SOURCE: American Medical Association

American Medical Association

February 24, 2016 10:42 ET

AMA Honors Former Speaker Boehner With Award for Outstanding Government Service

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - February 24, 2016) - The American Medical Association (AMA) honored Former House Speaker John Boehner with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. The award ceremony occurred last night as part of the AMA National Advocacy Conference.

"The AMA is proud to recognize Speaker Boehner's timely and invaluable service in improving health care," said AMA Board Chair Stephen R. Permut, M.D. "Speaker Boehner cobbled together a rare bipartisan coalition that resulted in the permanent repeal of Medicare's flawed physician payment formula, an impediment to health care, and left his successors a much improved budgeting and health care landscape."

A replacement to Medicare's payment formula -- known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR) -- had long been on top of the AMA's legislative agenda, and Boehner worked with the AMA to replace it with a new policy framework to reward physicians for improving care for seniors.

Boehner was one of eight honorees chosen this year to receive the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. The award, named after the founder of the AMA, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state and municipal service whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

"For more than a quarter century of the Nathan Davis Awards, the AMA has sought to salute government officials who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve public health," said Dr. Permut. "Award winners have come from every branch of government service and confirm the important role public officials can have creating and implementing health policies that benefit Americans."

About the AMA
The American Medical Association is the premier national organization dedicated to empowering the nation's physicians to continually provide safer, higher quality, and more efficient care to patients and communities. For more than 165 years the AMA has been unwavering in its commitment to using its unique position and knowledge to shape a healthier future for America. For more information, visit ama-assn.org.

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