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AMA Wire - 09/15/2014

Tomorrow’s doctors should question the status quo: TEDMED 2014

If physicians are going to lead health care changes, they’ll need to take unconventional approaches, ask a lot of questions and support innovation, speakers emphasized at TEDMED 2014. Challenging the status quo starts with changes in how the profession trains physicians of tomorrow.

AMA Wire - 09/15/2014

Footing bill for insurers’ pay methods shouldn’t fall on doctors

An increasingly common payment method among health insurers offers these companies significant financial rewards while sticking physicians with all the associated fees and extra work. But physicians are fighting back as the AMA and other health care associations take the issue to the federal government.

Virtual Mentor

AMA Wire - 09/15/2014

Physicians’ role in driving social change: Ethics journal debates

The role of physicians in addressing the myriad of nonmedical factors that affect human health—from poverty to social injustice to infringement of human rights—is a complex one. Experts in the field explore the role of physicians as agents of change in the September issue of Virtual Mentor, the AMA’s online ethics journal.

AMA Wire - 09/12/2014

Physicians touch sensitive subjects at TEDMED 2014

Tackling the uncomfortable subjects—such as total transparency with patients regarding payment or medical errors—is a large part of TEDMED 2014, which began Wednesday and runs through Friday.

AMA Wire - 09/12/2014

GME reform essential, but how to proceed? Experts debate

On the heels of a long-awaited report on overhauling the graduate medical education (GME) system from the Institute of Medicine, national experts came together Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss concerns, challenges and next steps for reforming the system to better meet the needs of future physicians and the patient population.

AMA Wire - 09/12/2014

CDC provides physicians with resources on Ebola outbreak

In response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is educating physicians and health care workers in the United States on how to diagnose the disease and advise travelers on protecting their health.