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AMA tables telemedicine guidelines amid pressure

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 09, 2015

Ethical guidelines proposed by the AMA were tabled Monday, a day after a delegate urged the committee to consider rules established by the Texas Medical Board that require patients to have an initial face-to-face consultation.

Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

By Associated Press  |  June 08, 2015

Should old doctors be forced to retire? That question is the focus of a new report by an American Medical Association council that says doctors themselves should help decide when one of their own needs to stop working.

AMA faces pressure to reject non-medical vaccination exemptions

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 08, 2015

Some physician leaders are pushing the American Medical Association to take a firmer stance on regulating non-medical vaccination exemptions, saying a new report appears to backtrack on policy meant to contain diseases that had been controlled or eliminated.

AMA delegates consider telemedicine standards

AMA delegates consider telemedicine standards

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 06, 2015

The American Medical Association's policymaking body will debate this week in Chicago the hot-button issue of clinical standards for doctors who provide telemedicine services.

Bonus bonanzas: Association CEOs got healthy pay raises in 2013

Bonus bonanzas: Association CEOs got healthy pay raises in 2013

By Michael Sandler  |  June 06, 2015

Median total pay for healthcare association chief executives earning $1 million or more increased 8.5% from 2012 to 2013, while total pay for all healthcare association CEOs jumped 18.9%, according to Modern Healthcare's analysis of the latest association tax reports.

Latest physician data spotlight how Medicare pays for drugs

Latest physician data spotlight how Medicare pays for drugs

By Bob Herman  |  June 06, 2015

Medicare paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to a small subset of physicians in 2013, but most of those payments to top Medicare billers covered the costs of drugs administered to patients in clinicians' offices.

Medicare Part D data show big spending on brand names

By Bob Herman  |  May 02, 2015

Medicare shelled out more than $103 billion on prescription drugs in 2013, raising questions about why the government pays so much for brand-name pharmaceuticals and how physicians prescribe drugs for their patients.

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

By Paul Demko  |  April 25, 2015

There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the...

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