The AMGA finds it­self a part of po­lit­i­cal de­bates in two con­gres­sional races,

Modern Healthcare - - Editorial -

OK, so Out­liers was just sit­ting here mind­ing our own busi­ness when we no­ticed that our very own Mod­ern Health­care has been dragged into a who’s-more-con­ser­va­tive-than-thou con­test in the Repub­li­can pri­mary elec­tion in Ten­nessee’s 8th Con­gres­sional District.

Seems as though some folks don’t be­lieve that the for­mer chair­man of the Jack­son (Tenn.) Clinic mul­ti­spe­cialty group, Ron Kirk­land, is the “Ten­nessee con­ser­va­tive” he ad­ver­tises him­self to be and they are us­ing a Mod­ern Health­care ar­ti­cle as proof. About a year ago, in his lead­er­ship role then as chair­man of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Group As­so­ci­a­tion, Kirk­land opened the group’s an­nual con­fer­ence and talked about the big topic of the day: some­thing called “health­care re­form” and the as­so­ci­ated po­lit­i­cal machi­na­tions that went with it. Kirk­land told how AMGA staffers were con­sulted by con­gres­sional staffers while draft­ing the Amer­i­can Re­cov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act, which led to sub­si­dies worth thou­sands of dol­lars in the stim­u­lus law for each physi­cian in­vest­ing in health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Kirk­land told AMGA mem­bers that they can pay their dues out of that amount, and added, “If this doesn’t ex­cite you, ask a doc­tor to check your pulse.” His po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents are now say­ing this shows Kirk­land is just an­other free spen­der of other peo­ple’s money.

In yet more AMGA po­lit­i­cal news, other con­ser­va­tives are ques­tion­ing the anti-abor­tion cre­den­tials of Nan Hay­worth. She’s a re­tired oph­thal­mol­o­gist and the wife of AMGA Chair­man-elect Scott Hay­worth who is seek­ing the GOP nom­i­na­tion for New York’s 19th Con­gres­sional District. Among ar­gu­ments be­ing used against her is that Nan Hay­worth has ac­cepted money from the AMGA po­lit­i­cal action com­mit­tee, which has given money to lib­eral Democrats who sup­port abor­tion rights.

Hay­worth faces flak over the AMGA PAC.

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