The American Medical Association House of Delegates wants the AMA to develop a Health Insurer Code of Conduct.

The AMA House of Delegates has voted unanimously to approve a code of conduct resolution proposed by the Medical Society of the State of New York, Albany, N.Y.

The code of conduct should set forth clear principles addressing both medical care policies and payment issues, according to the New York medical society.

The resolution also calls for the AMA to also develop a mechanism to monitor health plan compliance with the code of conduct and to publicize code compliance rates.

State attorney generals could use the compliance data to enforce compliance data or to seek changes in insurer practices, the New York medical society says.

The society says many physicians question whether insurance company incentives and disincentives are in the best interest of the patients.