Wednesday, July 25, 2012
This Week's News
This Week's News
Online community helps physicians with managed care contracting
An online community launched Tuesday by the AMA helps physicians improve their contracting strategies in a rapidly evolving health care system.
The Cutting-edge Contracting Group (free registration required) connects physicians, practice staff and contract experts in an online forum where they can share knowledge and resources about contracting with managed care organizations.
"Managed care contracts are changing with the emergence of new payment models and integrated delivery systems," AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, said in a news release. "The AMA's new practice management resources will help physicians understand the new contract terms and achieve healthier business relationships with insurers."
The AMA offers a number of practical resources to help physicians evaluate and negotiate payment options and contracts. The AMA's National Managed Care Contract and its supporting database, which includes all managed care contracting laws from around the country, form the most comprehensive managed care contracting tool available to physicians.
A new webinar series, which kicked off Tuesday with an introduction to managed care contracting, supplements discussions on the online community. Each webinar describes a timely topic in managed care contracting and demonstrates how to use AMA resources that can help physicians achieve better results in the contracting process. Webinars take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Watch AMA Wire for more information about upcoming webinars.