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The new basic training for next gen physicians

The new basic training for next gen physicians

By Michael Sandler  |  January 30, 2016

A growing number of medical schools in the U.S. are immersing students in the nitty-gritty of direct patient contact and care from the start of their training. The schools' aim is to produce physicians who are more in tune with team-based and patient-centered care.

AMA launches West Coast innovation hub

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  January 11, 2016

The American Medical Association launched a company Monday in San Francisco that aims to develop new products and tools to improve healthcare. Chicago-based AMA, which has about 235,000 members nationwide, has invested $15 million in the for-profit project called Health2047.

Providers struggle on CMS quality measures

By Melanie Evans  |  December 12, 2015

Last week, healthcare providers got more big doses of the Obama administration's prescription for improving quality by tying Medicare payments to performance. It still isn't going down easy.

CMS posts new quality data for individual doctors over AMA protests

By Melanie Evans  |  December 10, 2015

For the first time, Medicare has published quality performance scores for individual physicians, but only for those who have volunteered data—however, technical glitches have prevented some physicians from submitting the data.

CMS' 'doc fix' may need some repairs itself

CMS' 'doc fix' may need some repairs itself

By Shannon Muchmore  |  November 21, 2015

Hospital and physician groups, facing a looming deadline on major changes to reimbursement, say the CMS needs better measures and reporting methods before it ties physician pay to quality and outcomes.

AMA delegates want ban on direct-to-consumer drug ads

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 17, 2015

The American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted Tuesday to support a ban on direct-to-consumer drug and medical-device advertising, saying the ads drive up the demand for more expensive treatments.

AMA holds off on setting telemedicine ethics policy

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 16, 2015

The American Medical Association House of Delegates decided Monday that proposed recommendations for ethical practices in telemedicine did not clearly address medical liability concerns and sent them back to the authors for more work. A previous iteration of the proposed policies received the same...

Docs ask Congress for relief from meaningful-use rules

Docs ask Congress for relief from meaningful-use rules

By Joseph Conn  |  November 07, 2015

Congress should intervene to “refocus” the federal meaningful-use program for electronic health records, says a coalition of 111 medical societies led by the American Medical Association.

Few EHRs score well on new AMA usability ratings

By Joseph Conn  |  October 28, 2015

Only three electronic health-record systems got perfect scores for usability—two made by Allscripts and one by McKesson Corp.—out of 20 products rated by the American Medical Association and a group of researchers.

Blog: How the AMA is hatching new billing codes for telemedicine

Blog: How the AMA is hatching new billing codes for telemedicine

By Joseph Conn  |  October 12, 2015

The American Medical Association is playing catch-up to the already explosive growth in telemedicine, according to physicians involved in the AMA's new work group tasked with cranking out billing codes for the technology-enabled encounters.

Editorial: Toward a revolution in physician training

Editorial: Toward a revolution in physician training

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 03, 2015

Training in 21st century medicine must be aimed at creating health team leaders. They must be able to work closely with other professionals, understand population health and health policy, and know how to work within the social and economic constraints now reshaping their industry.

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