SOURCE: American Medical Association

American Medical Association

February 24, 2015 19:05 ET

AMA Honors Rep. Burgess of Texas With Top Government Service Award

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - February 24, 2015) - The American Medical Association (AMA) today presented Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (Texas-26th) the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service in conjunction with its National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

He was selected to receive the AMA's organization's top government service award for his exceptional efforts to permanently eliminate Medicare's flawed sustainable growth rate formula (SGR) and ensure the safety of the American public. Dr. Burgess serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce which, along with the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committees, introduced a bipartisan bill last year to reform Medicare. Additionally, he has supported public health through efforts to protect the safety of food, drugs and consumer products, and strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the United States.

"As a physician, himself, Dr. Burgess understands the challenges we face in trying to provide the best care for our patients," said AMA Chair Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. "The AMA commends Dr. Burgess for his hard work on behalf of patients and health care providers across the country. We strongly support his leadership in protecting the safety of the American public and believe the type of enhancements included in the SGR bill he has championed will help us provide high-quality care at a lower cost."

Dr. Burgess is one of seven honorees chosen this year to receive the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. The award, named for the founding father of the AMA, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. During the past 26 years, the AMA has honored more than 200 men and women with the Nathan Davis Award.

"The AMA's Nathan Davis Awards recognize government officials who go above and beyond the call of duty to support our nation's health," said Dr. McAneny. "Award winners have come from every branch of government service and are a testament to the important role that policymakers play in improving the health of our nation."

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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