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The system was created for uniform reporting of outpatient physician services.
The AMA established the world's first national code for ethical medical practice, the AMA Code of Medical Ethics.
The AMA campaigned against health plan "gag clauses" in 1996, stating that the stipulations inhibit the communication of information and restrict the care doctors can give their patients.
The clauses were removed from 5 leading providers, and laws prohibiting such clauses were passed in 16 states.
The organization educated people about the dangers of patent medicines and called for legislation regulating their production and sale.
One resulting legislation was the Drug Importation Act of 1848.