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AMA Wire - 09/30/2014

Hydrocodone reclassification takes effect Oct. 6: Are you ready?

A new rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration taking effect Oct. 6 reclassifies hydrocodone combination products as Schedule II controlled substances, establishing restrictions that will require considerable changes to prescribing practices. Find out what steps you need to take to ensure your patients who need these medications to alleviate pain don’t have to go without them.

AMA Wire - 09/30/2014

Rate of diagnosed diabetes may be slowing but still too high

The rate of diagnosed diabetes cases could be plateauing, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—but the numbers of diagnosed cases still are alarmingly high.

AMA Wire - 09/30/2014

Students weigh in on improving patient handoffs, GME and more

AMA members will debate some of the most talked about issues in medicine at the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Interim Meeting, Nov. 6 to 8 in Dallas. Make sure your voice is heard: Even if you can’t attend the meeting, you can contribute your opinions on these key topics in the AMA-MSS Virtual Reference Committee (log in), which is open through Oct. 17.

AMA Wire - 09/29/2014

3 questions you should know how to answer by Sept. 30

Physicians’ financial data under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, also known as the “Open Payments” program, will be released to the public Tuesday. While your data might not make it into the local news, chances are your patients or others you know will ask you about it. Learn the three common questions you’ll hear—and how to answer them.

AMA Wire - 09/29/2014

How AMA has advocated for Sunshine Act implementation overhaul

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rolls out the online database of physicians’ financial interactions with manufacturers of drugs and medical devices Tuesday, troubling questions remain about the accuracy of the data and the lack of context with which it is being presented.

AMA Wire - 09/29/2014

5 superforces that are radically changing medicine

It’s no secret that the health care environment and the way physicians practice medicine today is vastly different from only a few years ago—but what’s to come in the future? Jay Walker, TEDMED curator, shared what he believes are the five superforces that will radically change the practice of medicine. Walker discussed these superforces during TEDMED 2014, which took place earlier this month in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.