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High court wary about dental board's antitrust exemption
By Lisa Schencker | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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AMA's RUC panel draws more fire
By Andis Robeznieks | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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At home with the specialist: Oncologists and other specialists launching patient-centered medical homes
By Andis Robeznieks | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A growing number of specialist practices, insurers and health systems are moving toward the specialist-based medical home model.
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AMA letter offers extensive criticism of meaningful-use program
By Darius Tahir | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Medical Association and several other large healthcare organizations are lobbing more complaints at HHS over its incentive program for electronic health records.
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More Ebola preparedness needed, healthcare workers urge
By Adam Rubenfire | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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Heavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use
Joseph Conn | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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AMA proposes Medicare pay for end-of-life counseling
Modern Healthcare | August 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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Information
California experiments with fast-tracking medical school
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.
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Information
Groups call for delay in physician transparency database
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...
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Vital Signs
AMA, MGMA ask for a more flexible meaningful-use rule
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.
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