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AMA Wire - 07/31/2014

Physicians identify primary concern with health IT

When it comes to issues with health IT, physicians overwhelmingly point to one problem. Here’s what the latest indicates physicians think about electronic health record systems.

AMA Wire - 07/31/2014

Residents discuss determining the “one best test”

An estimated one-third of health care costs—about $750 billion—don’t actually improve health, according to the Institute of Medicine. Residents’ exams often ask them to choose the “one best test” for diagnosis to avoid health care waste, but what if the real-world choice is “all of the above”?

AMA Wire - 07/30/2014

GME financing system needs overhaul: IOM report

A long-awaited report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calls for transitioning the current graduate medical education (GME) system to a transparent, performance-based system. Adding additional funds to the system, however, isn’t one of the recommendations—a fact that concerns the AMA.

AMA Wire - 07/30/2014

Medicare trustees assume no future SGR payment cuts: Report

In their annual report about the financial future of the program released Monday, the Medicare trustees announced that they will no longer base their budget assumptions on current law calling for physician payment cuts resulting from the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, demonstrating a general agreement that it’s time to get rid of the broken formula once and for all.

Robert M. Wah, MD

AMA Wire - 07/30/2014

AMA Viewpoints: Why you should act now on your Sunshine Act data

The process physicians must go through to review their Physician Payments Sunshine Act data is complex and cumbersome, but it’s crucial to make sure the data is correct. Physicians have until Aug. 27 to review their data, writes AMA President Robert M. Wah in an AMA Viewpoints blog post.

AMA Wire - 07/30/2014

Need some help with meaningful use? Turn to physician guide

Leverage your electronic health record (EHR) system to redesign work flow and improve outcomes using A Guide to Achieving Meaningful Use. Authored by EHR implementation experts, this resource equips primary care physicians trying to overcome barriers found in Stage 1 and plan for reporting in Stage 2 and 3.