The American Medical Association is expected to release a report that largely exonerates its board of trustees in a controversial licensing agreement with Sunbeam Corp., MODERN HEALTHCARE has learned.
The report, ordered by the AMA's House of Delegates, is being mailed to delegates this week in preparation for their annual meeting in June.
The report was commissioned in December to determine if trustees approved or had prior knowledge of the deal, which gave the AMA royalties in exchange for its exclusive endorsement of Sunbeam healthcare products.
The report confirms the findings of an internal AMA investigation, which resulted in the ouster of three of the association's senior officials last fall. At their meeting, delegates will consider recommended actions to prevent a similar scandal.
Colorado delegate Mark Levine, M.D., who chaired an ad hoc committee that wrote the report, said he hopes the report will "foster a healing process."
"The AMA has a lot of egg on its face, and I think that's going to be wiped off," said committee member Irving Ratner, M.D., chairman of the New Jersey delegation.