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AMA Wire - 07/23/2014

How to dispute incorrect financial data before it goes public

Physicians can review reports about their financial interactions with manufacturers of drugs and medical devices now through Aug. 27 under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (also known as the Open Payments program). Here’s how to make sure the information reported about you is accurate before the data is released to the public Sept. 30.

Robert M. Wah, MD

AMA Wire - 07/23/2014

AMA Viewpoints: 5 ways to combat Rx drug abuse

Physicians have the job of monitoring and treating their patients’ pain while also playing a strong role in prescription drug overdose prevention—and these are no easy tasks. AMA President Robert M. Wah, MD, outlines the AMA’s work to ensure physicians play a leading role in addressing the prescription drug overdose crisis in his latest AMA Viewpoints blog post.

AMA Wire - 07/23/2014

Boost your coding accuracy, save time using online CPT® reference

Get access to coding insights directly from the source through CPT® Assistant Online. This searchable newsletter offers tools to appeal insurance claim denials, validate coding to auditors, train staff and answer day-to-day coding questions.

AMA Wire - 07/22/2014

Congressman to share insights into SGR state of affairs

Hear first-hand from Rep. Ami Bera, MD, D-California, about what the current state of play is in Congress and how that might affect the chances of repealing Medicare’s physician payment formula. Sign up today to participate in a grassroots webinar July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

AMA Wire - 07/22/2014

How a doctor quickly improved patients’ blood pressure readings

Although measuring blood pressure may seem like a normal routine in most physicians’ office workflows, seven seemingly minor factors can artificially inflate patients’ blood pressure measurements.

AMA Wire - 07/22/2014

California allots $7 million for primary care residency slots

Unprecedented grassroots advocacy by the physician and medical student community, including the AMA Medical Student Section and the California Medical Association, has led the California legislature to approve and the governor to sign a state budget that includes $7 million for new primary care residency slots.

AMA Wire - 07/21/2014

Who’s leading ACOs—physicians or hospitals?

The first national survey of accountable care organizations (ACO) examines who is playing the strongest leadership and ownership roles in the development of these new models of care.