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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 - 08/21/2014

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.

AMA Wire - 08/21/2014

What every new resident should know

Transitioning from medical school to residency isn’t easy, but it is exciting. Seasoned residents shared what they wish they knew about residency so new residents and medical students know how to prepare.

AMA Wire - 08/20/2014

Despite errors, CMS gives doctors until Sept. 8 to review data

After nearly two weeks of technical problems and a host of physician and industry complaints, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reopened its Sunshine Act portal (also known as the “Open Payments” system), where physicians can review data about their financial interactions with medical device and drug manufacturers. The agency has extended the deadline only until Sept. 8 for physicians to dispute their data and have it flagged as such before the information goes public.

AMA Wire - 08/20/2014

What physicians are saying: Hassles with EHRs, CMS website

AMA Wire® readers are sharing their pain in dealing with electronic health records (EHR) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services computer systems and voicing their thoughts on measuring blood pressure accurately.