Physicians for Responsible Negotiation (PRN), the former collective bargaining arm of the American Medical Association (AMA), has affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which already claims to represent about 17,000 physicians through affiliates, the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) and the Doctors Council.
"We're excited about teaming up with SEIU and its members who are doctors and other health care professionals around the country," said otolaryngologist Mark Fox, M.D., president of PRN, in a prepared statement. "Together, we can build on our own accomplishments, reach out to physicians around the country, and help provide a more effective voice for doctors facing a rapidly changing medical system."
Modern Healthcare reporter Michael Romano broke the story last week in Modern Healthcare's Daily Dose online newsletter that the merger was pending.
The AMA spent at least $3.6 million on PRN to organize 38 physicians in four years, all in Detroit, Romano reported.
The SEIU claims 1.6 million members, including more than 800,000 in health care. The SEIU is a member of the AFL-CIO.