New AMA Podcast Helps Physicians Navigate Difficult Conversations


For many physicians, having difficult conversations with patients is a part of daily practice. That’s why the American Medical Association recently launched a new podcast series, AMA Doc Talk, which features physicians’ eye-opening encounters with patients and their real-world solutions and insights. Inspired by research and feedback from physicians, topics range from talking with patients who don’t heed your medical advice to helping patients manage the challenges of chronic disease. The interview-style series is hosted by Dr. Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, associate dean for medical student education, University of Michigan. We invite you to listen to episodes of AMA Doc Talk, rate us and subscribe at Apple Podcasts or Stitcher, or learn more here

You can also learn more about OCMS' Physician Wellness Program

OCMS Inaugural Reservations


Click here to register for the OCMS Inaugural on January 19, 2018. 

OCMS Physician Wellness Program


The OCMS Physician Wellness Program will begin on December 1, 2017.  The purpose of the program is to help OCMS members achieve a work-life balance and avoid burnout. For more information about the program, click on the link:

Help Harvey-Affected Physicians


Members have been asking how they might be able to assist their medical colleagues in Texas who may have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Medical Association Foundation established a special disaster relief fund to help those physicians who may have suffered damage from the storm to cover expenses that are not covered by insurance or another source of funding. Donate here:

Anthem is Ending it's Effort to Merge with Cigna


Today Anthem announced that it is ending its effort to merge with Cigna.

Today Anthem announced that it is ending its effort to merge with Anthem.  This is a monumental victory of organized medicine!  This victory is the result of 21 months of unrelenting advocacy before the U.S. Department of Justice, congressional committees, state attorneys general, insurance commissioners, and federal courts.

Today's action concludes a successful campaign by the AMA and 17 state medical societies to stop the Anthem-Cigna merger. The AMA and its coalition of state medical societies worked tirelessly to protect patients and block both this merger and the Aetna-Humana merger. AMA Advocacy is currently working with its AMA communications colleagues to provide you with a dynamic co-branded communications campaign that will show physicians what they can achieve when they work together, and the tremendous value of being a member of organized medicine.