A committee of the AMA House of Delegates has rejected sweeping proposals to reduce the size of the House and restrict its voting, but it upheld dropping plans to reorganize the AMA into an "organization of organizations."
An AMA "reference committee" made up of delegates made its recommendations today based on a hearing held Monday. The full House will vote on them later in the week.
The House committee was reviewing a report issued this weekend by the Committee on the Organization of Organizations, a group of state and specialty societies convened by the House to consider changing the AMA's structure.
That change would have required abolishing AMA membership and making the organization dependent on the societies for some of its funding.
In backing away from the organization of organizations concept, the report cited potential problems for societies' for-profit status and for political action committees that raise funds for political candidates.
The "org of orgs" report also called for reducing the size of the House by an unspecified number; requiring a "supermajority," probably two-thirds of delegates, to pass proposals; and allowing delegates to vote only for their organizations, not as individual doctors.
But in its report today, the reference committee notes that delegates favored maintaining the current simple majority to pass items and voting individually when their representative societies did not have policy on an issue.
It adds that delegates felt that reducing the size of the House "would not necessarily improve the efficiency of the House" and "was merely a financial issue."