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Definition of American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA) is a national physician's group that was founded in 1847. The goals of the AMA are to advance public health, protect the interests of American physicians and support the growth of medical science. The AMA is dedicated to ensuring suitable physician practices that bring about better health outcomes for patients. The AMA aims to make sure that health care enhancements in the United States advance physician-patient relationships, ensure that health care costs are prudently managed and are physician-led.

In relation to workers' compensation claims, the AMA puts out a set of guidelines that are called "Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.These guidelines are used to determine an injured worker's level of impairment. According to these guidelines, tests are the most objective source of data that are available. The results of these tests are what will lead to an injured worker being placed in one category of permanent impairment as opposed to another.

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