AMA Was Biggest Spender in 2010 Healthcare Lobbying

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The AMA was the biggest spender among healthcare lobbyists in 2010, paying out almost $22 million, an increase of nearly 9 percent over 2009, according to a report by Kaiser Health News.

While the healthcare industry in general ratcheted down spending by 9 percent in 2010, following passage of the healthcare reform law in March 2010, the AMA kept spending to obtain a permanent fix of Medicare physician fees.

Other groups spending more in 2010 were the AHA, America's Health Insurance Plans and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, focusing on issues surrounding implementation of the healthcare reform law as well as Medicare reimbursements.

Read the Kaiser Health News report on healthcare lobbying.

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- AHA Spent $4.3M on Lobbying in 3Q Around Six Major Areas

- House GOP Panels May Examine Health Trade Groups' Deals on Reform Bill

- Healthcare Trade Groups Shifting Support to Republicans

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