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Florida hopes an innovative new program will lead to improved outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries and lower costs for their treatment.

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Delegates note that current best practice does not require sex-reassignment surgery for transgender patients and that gender identification can be achieved via psychological and hormonal treatment alone.

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A public-health research agency and a private foundation set out to catalyze fundamental change in youth mental health care in Canada in five years. After an 18-month process, a proposal to achieve that end is selected.

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Delegates approve a resolution to have AMA advocate that cheerleading be officially designated a sport, thereby requiring school and NCAA oversight and protections.

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There is strong sentiment in the AMA against national licensure; thus, how to permit the provision of telemedicine across state lines is an issue for which the AMA will try to find a solution.

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While a majority of AMA delegates backed legislation on gun ownership, some raised concerns about trying to license private transfers of firearms—such as when a family member bequeaths a rifle to a relative.

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Beset by economic distress, crime, and unemployment, Detroit residents will benefit from the commitment of several groups to enhance treatment access and mental health education and battle stigma.

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AMA members are urged to educate politicians and the public about the role that the AMA plays in improving the nation’s health and protecting the practice of medicine.

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