The AMA, which held its Annual Meeting in Chicago June 13-17, welcomed President Barack Obama as he addressed the AMA’s House of Delegates on the issue of health system reform. President Obama was the first president to address the AMA since Ronald Reagan attended twenty-six years ago. Members can watch the video or read the transcript of the President’s speech.

During the meeting, the AMA House of Delegates considered and approved the Academy’s proposed resolution on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Pursuant to this policy, the AMA will:

  1. Recognize Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) as a major public health issue;
  2. encourage a national public education campaign by appropriate federal agencies and relevant advocacy groups;
  3. encourage research into the association of OSA with metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory, and other diseases; and
  4. encourage that all physician become knowledgeable about the diagnosis and management of OSA.

The policy will now be incorporated into the AMA’s official Policy Compendium.