Physicians for Responsible Negotiation
515 N. State St., 13th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60610
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 24, 1999
PHYSICIANS FOR RESPONSIBLE NEGOTIATION LAUNCHED
CHICAGO – Physicians For Responsible Negotiation (PRN), a national negotiating
(labor) organization created by the American Medical Association, announces its formal
launch and its inaugural officers. PRN is now available to organize and assist eligible
physicians and residents in negotiating important issues with their employers involving
patient care and physician practice.
Heading PRN will be Susan H. Adelman, M.D., a pediatric surgeon from Southfield, Mich.,
who was elected president for the new organization by its Board of Directors. Other PRN
officers named Sunday were: John C. Nelson, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist from Salt
Lake City, Utah (Treasurer) and Andrew M. Thomas, a physician in a fellowship program at
the Ohio State University (Secretary). Dr. Adelman and Nelson are also members of the
AMA’s Board of Trustees.
"I am honored to have been selected for this important position," Dr. Adelman
said. "Throughout my career, I have been concerned that physicians maintain the
ability to advocate strongly for the best interest of their patients, regardless of
setting. I am convinced that an organization such as PRN is absolutely necessary in
today’s environment as more and different parties try to become involved in the
patient/ physician relationship."
Initially, PRN will negotiate on behalf of employed physicians, as well as certain
resident physicians where state law allows. A case pending before the National Labor
Relation Board, however, could expand the number of physicians currently eligible to
negotiate through PRN.
In addition, PRN will assist self-employed physicians in states such as Texas, where
state law allows these physicians to collectively negotiate with insurance plans and other
"Physicians across America have seen their ability to care for their patients
diminished with clinical decisions taking a back seat to the bottom-line," said Dr.
Adelman. "Physicians for Responsible Negotiations will begin the process of
correcting this fundamental problem."
PRN will strictly follow and apply the ethical standards and principles of the medical
profession in all of its activities. PRN will advocate on behalf of its members to create
and maintain a health care system that guarantees for physicians a working atmosphere
where they can devote the time and attention to their patients’ needs and where
quality patient care and the protection of patients’ rights is a top priority. The
goals of PRN will be accomplished without strikes or other withholding of essential
For more information contact:
Ross Rubin, Acting Executive Director