Contrary to the statement in a July 10 article (Outliers, p. 62), the American Medical Association does not support any-willing-provider laws. The AMA is an advocate for patients' choice of physician and system of healthcare delivery.
The AMA's Patient Protection Act is a legislative initiative designed to protect patients and physicians from the sometimes arbitrary decisions made by large insurance companies and managed-care plans. The fundamental tenets of the PPA are simple: Patients should have a choice of physicians and health plan; no physician can be kicked out of a plan for giving patients needed care; and patients should have information about what their plan covers and on copayments and prior-approval requirements.
The statement by MODERN HEALTHCARE misrepresents AMA policy.
JAMES S. TODD, M.D.
Executive vice president
American Medical Association