High court wary about dental board's antitrust exemption

High court wary about dental board's antitrust exemption

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 18, 2014

Comments from U.S. Supreme Court justices last week suggested skepticism toward North Carolina's defense of its state dental board in a case that could force changes on state healthcare regulatory boards across the country.

AMA's RUC panel draws more fire

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 18, 2014

A report attacking the American Medical Association's annual recommendations to the CMS on physician pay claims the association wildly overestimates the time it takes specialists to perform their work.

More Ebola preparedness needed, healthcare workers urge

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 14, 2014

Hospitals' ability to protect their employees is weighing on the minds of American healthcare workers as a nurse in Texas fights for her life against the deadly Ebola virus she contracted while caring for a patient there.

Heavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use

By Joseph Conn  |  September 16, 2014

A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment program, insisting that the future of the program is at stake.

AMA proposes Medicare pay for end-of-life counseling

AMA proposes Medicare pay for end-of-life counseling

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 31, 2014

The American Medical Association has proposed a new Medicare billing code for physicians who provide counseling for patients who want to write end-of-life directives, the New York Times reports.

California experiments with fast-tracking medical school

By NPR  |  August 08, 2014

Some doctors in the state of California will soon be able to practice after three years of medical school instead of the traditional four. The American Medical Association is providing seed money for the effort in the form of a $1 million, five-year grant to the University of California at Davis.

Groups call for delay in physician transparency database

By The Hill  |  August 06, 2014

More than 100 medical professional groups, including the American Medical Association, signed a letter to the CMS Tuesday seeking to delay launch of the Open Payment System under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The database, expected to go live Sept. 30, has come under criticism after media...

AMA, MGMA ask for a more flexible meaningful-use rule

AMA, MGMA ask for a more flexible meaningful-use rule

By Joseph Conn  |  July 22, 2014

The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association have called on the CMS and HHS rule writers to add even more flexibility to the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program for Stage 2 and beyond.