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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.

AMA Wire - 04/22/2014

U. of Toledo wins latest AMA Event of the Month award

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ Specialty Speed Dating event earned the school the latest AMA Section Involvement Grant (SIG) Event of the Month award.

AMA Wire - 04/21/2014

What makes a successful hospital-physician relationship

Health care delivery models—and relationships between hospitals and physicians—are changing rapidly, but until more systems implement new models, the traditional structure isn’t going away, according to discussions from an industry conference highlighted in an April 18 Health Affairs blog post.

AMA Wire - 04/21/2014

New bill would free physicians to help victims of disasters

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last month could clear the way for out-of-state physicians to be able to lend their skills to the victims of federally declared disasters, preventing a repeat of the New Orleans catastrophes of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita when medical volunteers were turned away as the result of vague liability laws.

AMA Wire - 04/18/2014

How supercomputers will change med ed, medical practice

Remember when Watson, the IBM supercomputer, competed against champions on the trivia game show Jeopardy! and won? The same technology could be interlaced into the practice of tomorrow’s physicians, necessitating a change in today’s medical education curriculum.

AMA Wire - 04/18/2014

Achieving a resilient medical family: Special session June 9

Professional satisfaction isn’t just affected by issues in your practice—matters at home have an impact, too. Learn about the resilient medical family’s challenges and solutions at an education session June 9 during the AMA Alliance National Conference in Chicago.