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AMA Wire - 04/24/2014

What physicians need for practice transformation: Doctors to CMS

Assisting physicians in adopting new models of care and payment that will enhance quality and lower costs is the aim of a recent request for information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The AMA recommended detailed actions the agency should take. Among those at the top of the list were reducing regulatory burdens, ensuring flexibility in the new models, and improving the usability of electronic health records (EHR) without micromanaging how physicians use them.

AMA Wire - 04/24/2014

Patient safety culture crucial to effective residencies: Study

Patient safety is a growing part of effective residency programs, so much so that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has built quality and safety into its requirements. But a recent study in JAMA Dermatology suggests that improvements around patient safety cultures during residency may be necessary.

AMA Wire - 04/23/2014

Physician groups should register now to avoid PQRS penalty

Physicians who practice in a group can register for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) now through Sept. 30. Physicians who do not participate in PQRS this year will be hit with a 2 percent payment penalty in 2016.

Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD

AMA Wire - 04/23/2014

Maintaining your personal health in our high-stress profession

Physicians may be accustomed to stressful circumstances, but managing stress and finding a reasonable work-life balance are important to providing high-quality care, AMA Immediate-Past President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, writes in an AMA Viewpoints blog post.

AMA Wire - 04/23/2014

Get the latest ICD-9-CM codebooks for 2015

Stay current on important diagnostic coding and payment information with the 2015 editions of the ICD-9-CM codebooks for physicians and hospitals, now available for preorder.

AMA Wire - 04/22/2014

Making EHR meaningful use less burdensome

About 20 percent of eligible professionals—mostly physicians—have dropped out of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) meaningful use electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, according to an AMA analysis of data from the agency. The trend reflects physicians’ challenges with the program’s rigid and complex criteria and the widespread frustration with EHR systems.

AMA Wire - 04/22/2014

Diabetes prevalence tripled in just two decades: Study

The number of U.S. adults reporting a diagnosis of diabetes more than tripled over the past two decades, according to a study published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. At the same time, the rates of all five major diabetes complications declined significantly, suggesting the importance of screening and prevention work.