SOURCE: American Medical Association

American Medical Association

February 24, 2016 10:32 ET

AMA Honors House Democratic Leader Pelosi With Award for Outstanding Government Service

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - February 24, 2016) -  The American Medical Association (AMA) honored House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. The AMA's top government service award was presented to Rep. Pelosi last night at a ceremony during the AMA's annual National Advocacy Conference.

"Americans have benefitted from Leader Pelosi's focus on health care during her time in Congress, and this was notably evident during the drive to repeal Medicare's flawed physician payment formula," said AMA Board Chair Stephen R. Permut, M.D. "Working with the AMA, Leader Pelosi ensured that the repeal was a bipartisan effort that attracted the overwhelming support of the Democratic caucus."

Medicare's flawed payment formula -- known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR) -- will be replaced by a framework that focuses on quality and will contribute to Rep. Pelosi's vision to offer accessible and quality health care to all Americans.

Rep. Pelosi 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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