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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.

AMA Wire - 08/22/2014

Innovations in Medicine video: City is improving public health by sparking conversations

How do you improve the health of an entire city? In an AMA “Innovations in Medicine” talk—a brief, informal presentation in the style of TED Talks— Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair, MD, shares how his experience treating the “poorest of the poor” patients in his native Lebanon and in Houston, Texas, have informed his vision for Chicago.

AMA Wire - 08/22/2014

Gender, grading systems shape medical students’ views

Both gender and grading policies can have a big impact on the academic learning environment in medical school, according to a longitudinal cohort study of nearly 5,000 medical students from the matriculating classes of 2010 and 2011 at 28 medical schools in the United States and Canada.

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AMA Wire - 08/22/2014

JAMA Highlights: This week’s top articles from the JAMA Network

New studies show a post-discharge intervention helped smokers quit following hospital stays, and older patients with limited life expectancy still receive cancer screenings.

AMA Wire - 08/21/2014

Innovations in Medicine video: How one doctor is looking at obesity in a novel way

For one physician, treating obesity is all about taking a new approach. In an AMA “Innovations in Medicine” video—a brief, informal presentation in the style of TED Talks— Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, shares how her work at Massachusetts General Hospital’s weight center is changing the treatment approach for overweight patients. It’s more than just diet and exercise for many patients, she said.

AMA Wire - 08/21/2014

Medicare quality reports to compare doctors, impact payments

Physicians should look for their confidential Medicare feedback reports next month. They will detail how the cost and quality of care physicians provided to their Medicare patients last year compares to that of other physicians. This is the first time the data will be used to adjust Medicare payments made to some physicians.