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AMA Halts Accreditation Program

Katherine M. Bennett

After nearly four years and more than $12 million, the American Medical Association (AMA) suspended its physician accreditation program because of slow progress, American Medical News reported Dec. 13.

Physicians paid AMA a nominal fee for the expensive evaluations, while health plans wanting to use the assessments picked up most of the bill. Relatively few health plans bought in, however, partly because of mergers in the insurance industry and competition from organizations specializing in credential verification. For more information, go to