How is ArMA Organaized

House of Delegates

The ArMA House of Delegates constitutes the voting body of the association and is composed of Delegates from the county societies, direct members, specialty and subspecialty societies, ArMA’s Resident Physician Section, and others. The house meets at least once a year at the annual meeting, and special meetings may be held at any time, at the call of the board, or upon the call of twenty delegates with delegate representation from at least five county societies.

The house elects all officers and directors of the association except officers or trustees of the American Medical Association, the editor-in-chief, and the dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The house votes on all memorials and resolutions presented to it; instructs the board on its wishes respecting the operations of the association; when necessary, amend the articles and bylaws; and holds all powers and duties not otherwise specifically delegated.

Board of Directors

The board has the control and management of the affairs of the association, subject only to directives from the house, and has the full power and authority of the house between meetings of the house. The board attempts to carry out all of the objectives and purposes of the association except as may be otherwise provided in the articles of incorporation or bylaws.

Executive Committee

This committee consists of the physician officers. The functions of the committee are

(1) review and summarize routine matters and correspondence for board action;

(2) develop policy positions and alternatives for consideration and decision by the board;

(3) develop affirmative plans for the association to consider and be acted upon by the board;

(4) act as an advisor to the executive vice president and conduct annual review of his/her performance and make adjustments to compensation as deemed appropriate; and

(5) study and make recommendations concerning long range and strategic objectives for the association . The committee shall conduct this planning process at least every two years, inviting additional members of the association to participate.

Sections

The sections are specialized committees. The sections bring each group together to give them a voice in the house in the form of two delegates each. The sections include: resident physician section, made up of residents; medical student section, made up of medical students; organized medical staff section, responsible for studying the changing hospital/organization policies, informing colleagues of those changes, and protecting the quality of care in Arizona hospitals and in other facilities with an organized medical staff; young physicians section, made up of physicians under age 40; and international medical school graduate section, made up of graduates of foreign medical schools. All delegates must be active members of ArMA.

ArMPAC

The Arizona Medical Association Political Action Committee is a board whose purpose is to provide financial support to candidates for statewide offices who generally support the goals and objectives of ArMA.

Articles and Bylaws

The functions of the committee are to serve as a fact-finding and advisory committee pertaining to the articles of incorporation and bylaws and to recommend such changes as is deemed appropriate for action by the ArMA House of Delegates. The committee also responds to resolutions of the house of delegates by issuing an analysis of the resolutions and/or preparing proposed amendments; and responds to directives by the board by issuing an analysis of the directives and/or preparing proposed amendments. All members of this committee will have been members of the association at least five years prior to their appointment.

Bioethics

The functions of this committee are to

(1) develop and implement bioethical educational programs to the benefit of the public, the community of health care providers, and the profession;

(2) review association policies and positions of other organizations with respect to their bioethical considerations;

(3) selectively accept requests for bioethical reviews;

(4) coordinate bioethical research among Arizona’s physicians; and

(5) respond to committee assignments and referrals from the house of delegates.

Finance

The treasurer serves as the chair of the ArMA Committee on Finance. The committee acts in an advisory capacity in budgetary and financial matters.

Legislative and Governmental Affairs

The functions of this committee are to

(1) review proposed state legislation and recommend appropriate action in accordance with association policy;

(2) recommend changes in existing association policy when necessary to accomplish effective legislative goals;

(3) serve as a reference committee through which all state legislative issues of the association are channeled;

(4) maintain constant surveillance over the legislative scene and anticipate future legislative needs; and

(5) recommend to the board of directors, when timely, new state legislation and legislation to modify existing laws of interest to the association.

Maternal and Child Health Care

This committee represents the association on all questions relating to maternal and child health care. There are two subcommittees of this committee: Adolescent and Immunization.

Accreditation and Medical Education

The functions of this committee are to

(1) serve as the intrastate accrediting body of local continuing medical education sponsors;

(2) represent the association on all questions relating to medical education at all levels including the College of Medicine of the University of Arizona; and

(3) arrange for scientific meetings.

Ad Hoc-Public Health Committee

This committee was created to review two resolutions. The first one involved public health activities. The goal of the committee was to identify important public health issues, and any potential legislative solutions, and prioritize them.

The second resolution, which was first drafted and adopted in 1987, involved the planning for medical consequences of nuclear war. The goal of the committee was to determine if the current resolution was adequate and accurate.

Committee on Insurance Reform

This committee looks at the large number of insurance related issues as they impact medical care, specifically the interfacing of physicians and patients. (HB 2600-link), which gives patients more control over their HMO’s, was passed in April 2000 and included recommendations from this committee. This committee continues to work to suggest recommendations for insurance reform.

Emergency On-Call Specialists

This committee was formed to look at the problems surrounding emergency departments. The committee found the Emergency Medical Treatment Active Labor Act (EMTALA) was having a dramatic impact on physicians who offer specialty services to emergency departments, which in turn affects the emergency departments. This was found to affect urban as well as rural areas. The committee is working to see what changes are necessary to make things more efficient.