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AMA Wire - 09/16/2014

8 top challenges and solutions for making EHRs usable

It’s no secret that many physicians are unhappy with their electronic health record (EHR) systems, thanks in large part to cumbersome processes and limited features that get in the way of patient care. Now a panel of experts has called for EHR overhaul, outlining the eight top challenges and solutions for improving EHR usability for physicians and their patients.

AMA Wire - 09/16/2014

6 things you need to know about hydrocodone reclassification

If you prescribe hydrocodone combination products, prescribing these medications to the patients who need them to alleviate pain just became a more complicated. A new rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration taking effect Oct. 6 reclassifies these drugs as Schedule II controlled substances, prohibiting refills and establishing other restrictions that will require major changes to prescribing practices.

AMA Wire - 09/16/2014

How has your practice controlled hypertension? Be recognized

How are you successfully controlling your patients’ hypertension? Share your methods with your fellow physicians as part of the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge.

AMA Wire - 09/16/2014

What residents wish they had known about the Match

Registration for the National Resident Matching Program opened this week, kicking off a busy season for fourth-year medical students. To help graduating students prepare, residents shared their top five tips on what they wish they had known when they participated in the Match.

AMA Wire - 09/15/2014

Tomorrow’s doctors should question the status quo: TEDMED 2014

If physicians are going to lead health care changes, they’ll need to take unconventional approaches, ask a lot of questions and support innovation, speakers emphasized at TEDMED 2014. Challenging the status quo starts with changes in how the profession trains physicians of tomorrow.

AMA Wire - 09/15/2014

Footing bill for insurers’ pay methods shouldn’t fall on doctors

An increasingly common payment method among health insurers offers these companies significant financial rewards while sticking physicians with all the associated fees and extra work. But physicians are fighting back as the AMA and other health care associations take the issue to the federal government.