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AMA Wire - 04/23/2014

Physician groups should register now to avoid PQRS penalty

Physicians who practice in a group can register for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) now through Sept. 30. Physicians who do not participate in PQRS this year will be hit with a 2 percent payment penalty in 2016.

Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD

AMA Wire - 04/23/2014

Maintaining your personal health in our high-stress profession

Physicians may be accustomed to stressful circumstances, but managing stress and finding a reasonable work-life balance are important to providing high-quality care, AMA Immediate-Past President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, writes in an AMA Viewpoints blog post.

AMA Wire - 04/23/2014

Get the latest ICD-9-CM codebooks for 2015

Stay current on important diagnostic coding and payment information with the 2015 editions of the ICD-9-CM codebooks for physicians and hospitals, now available for preorder.

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.