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AMA Wire - 08/26/2014

Innovations in Medicine video: Save time and money by asking a few simple questions

Physicians can save millions of dollars—and eliminate unnecessary testing—by asking patients just a few quick questions, according to one physician. In an AMA “Innovations in Medicine” talk—a brief, informal presentation in the style of TED Talks—Executive Director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, said that asking her patients a couple questions about their diets can lead to simple solutions for health ailments.

AMA Wire - 08/26/2014

How to help patients manage blood pressure outside office visits

In a perfect world, every physician would have ample time to dedicate to each patient—but in reality, sometimes patients’ regular office visits just aren’t long enough, or frequent enough. One physician has found how to get patients the extra help they need managing their high blood pressure, both while they’re in the office and through community resources.

AMA Wire - 08/26/2014

The meaning behind your white coat

New medical students are slipping on their short white coats, a momentous and exciting occasion that marks the beginning of their careers.

AMA Wire - 08/25/2014

Patient privacy court ruling would interfere with care

Physicians are petitioning a state supreme court to hear a previously decided case that holds patient care in the balance by making patients’ personal prescription data too widely available.

AMA Wire - 08/25/2014

Bill seeks to sustain higher Medicaid payments

A new federal bill would extend the required Medicaid minimum payments for services provided by primary care physicians beyond 2014, when the enhanced payment rate is scheduled to expire under current law.

AMA Wire - 08/21/2014

Fact check: The real truth about the RUC—and it’s no secret

The AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) provides transparent recommendations to the government on the resources required to provide a medical service. Yet its role is often mischaracterized and deeply misunderstood.