July 1999 AAOS Report

Dr. Tipton meets with Rep. Hyde

AAOS Executive Vice President William W. Tipton Jr., MD, met with Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) to urge his support of the Quality Health Care Coalition Act of 1999 (H.R. 1304). The meeting occurred on June 21 - one day before the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on this issue. Rep. Hyde is chairman of the committee, and without his support, the bill is not likely to be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Tipton met with Rep. Hyde as part of a small delegation of representatives from physician organizations. He was joined by American Medical Association Executive Vice President E. Ratcliffe Anderson Jr., MD. "Rep. Hyde is genuinely concerned about the inability of many physicians to effectively negotiate with health plans about patient care issues," Dr. Tipton said. "He also seems to understand how frustrated both physicians and the public are regarding managed care interference in medical decision-making." As expected, Rep. Hyde did not say whether or not he would support H.R. 1304. However, by the time of the hearing, the legislation had 125 co-sponsors including a majority, 19 members, of the House Judiciary Committee.

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