The American Medical Association is getting a shot in the arm recently and it’s not from the Covid vaccine. A massive influx of new members are actually excited to pay their membership dues. For years the decreasing levels of doctors staying with the organization have been troubling to those in charge. That is until recently:
“We knew we were in trouble”, said John Dingleberry, acting CFO of the American Medical Association. “Then it hit us! Why not let Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants join? They are taking most jobs from physicians anyway? And it’s been a great move for us financially”.
This move to allow “nondoctors” to join the AMA has caused a stir among the almost 3916 physician members that were left in the organization (most of them were free memberships given to medical students and residents). Behind the scenes at the massive AMA headquarters, there has been a celebration, however. Record numbers of NPs and PAs have been joining and the revenue has allowed the AMA not only to keep their massive plaza in Chicago (see picture above) but actually expand it.
“At the end of the day”, Dingleberry continued, “it’s about money. Above all else, the AMA has to set a standard for other professional organizations to look up to. And that standard is based on what our headquarters looks like. I am not sure why some physicians are angry at this. The name AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION doesn’t even have ‘physician’ in it. We don’t even need to incur an expense to change it”.
Many physicians around the country, who are not members, were not shocked by this:
“They have not represented me for years”, said Margie Snarkle, MD of Topeka, KS, “I have always said that the only thing faster than a tornado is the speed at which I throw away their journal into my trash”.
“They make all their money from CPT codes anyway. It is obvious that the members didn’t matter”, said Frank Johnson, MD of Boise, Idaho.
“Are you kidding me? Well, I was holding out hope that they would use their power and money to fight the encroachment of NPs and PAs but I guess not. I mean, all they had to do was produce real studies showing the differences in our care and that would be it. I would have signed right back up. Instead, they sold out. Again.”
The new AMA, according to Dingleberry, will be starting an immediate media campaign in order to announce this massive influx of nondoctors. Expect to see their advertisements everywhere, from billboards to online, saying things such as:
The new American Medical Association is now fully inclusive!
The new AMA is now the home of all medical providers.
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants all under one umbrella to help patients. The AMA is there for you!
(Editor’s Note: Seriously, look at the date of this post and click the link above).