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AMA Honors Physicians on National Doctors' Day

Highlights AMA efforts to support physicians and enhance patient care

For immediate release
March 30, 2011

CHICAGO – Today, on National Doctors' Day, the American Medical Association (AMA) honors the physicians who have dedicated their professional lives to providing excellent patient care in the United States. In celebration of this day, the AMA is highlighting the resources it offers to physicians to help optimize practice management and enhance patient care.

"National Doctors' Day is time to reflect on the important role physicians play in helping individual patients and promoting the overall health of the nation," said AMA President-elect Peter W. Carmel, MD. "As the largest physician organization in the nation, the AMA is proud to offer various efforts and resources designed to help physicians help patients."

A sample of AMA efforts to help physicians includes:

Health Information Technology: As health information technology adoption continues to grow, the AMA offers a plethora of free resources on its website to help physicians determine their practice needs and select and implement the right technology. Webinars, resources and information on the federal health IT incentive programs for electronic prescribing and the use of electronic medical records can also be found on the AMA website.

CPT App: The AMA recently introduced its first-ever app designed specifically for physicians that allows them to quickly find CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) billing codes. The CPT quick reference app is available free through the iTunes store. Physicians also have access to expert support through the AMA's CPT® Network, which provides answers to frequently asked coding questions.

Practice Management Center: Educational resources and interactive tools that can help physicians focus on caring for patients, instead of battling health insurers over contracts, payments and paperwork. The AMA also provides access to the National Managed Care Contract (NMCC) database, which helps physicians analyze and negotiate contracts with insurers and provide relief from unfair corporate business practices.

AMA Healthier Life Steps Toolkits: The AMA Healthier Life Steps program provides resources for both physicians and patients. The physician health toolkit is designed to help physicians support their own personal efforts to live a healthier lifestyle and serve as role models to their patients. The patient-centered toolkit helps patients and physicians partner together to help patients make lasting changes to live longer, healthier lives.

Advocacy: A leading advocacy voice for physicians and patients, the AMA recognizes that improvements to the health reform law are needed and is working for major changes in the Independent Payment Advisory Board framework, expanded medical liability reforms, and elimination of the IRS 1099 reporting requirement, among other issues. The AMA will continue to work with Congress for a permanent solution to the broken Medicare physician payment system.

Legal Expertise: The Litigation Center of the AMA and State Medical Societies is a powerful advocate for physicians and medical students, and an important example of collaborative power that organized medicine can bring to bear in the legal system.

Quality Improvement: The AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) focuses on developing evidence based clinical performance measures that physicians can use to monitor and improve patient care. With 270 evidence-based clinical measures of quality care already created, there is broad recognition that the PCPI is a leader in the field of quality measure development.

President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution in 1990 designating March 30 as National Doctors' Day. To view more of the resources the AMA offers physicians, visit http://www.ama-assn.org/go/professionalresources .



Shannon O'Brien
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443