AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

For Physicians

Influence your lawmakers during the August recess

A grassroots training webinar hosted by the AMA at 8 p.m. Eastern time July 31 will prepare physicians to interact effectively with their lawmakers during Congress' August recess. Register today to participate in the webinar.

Presented by a congressional affairs specialist with more than 20 years of experience, the webinar will equip physicians with advocacy tools and techniques to influence members of Congress on key issues in medicine. Physicians will learn how to identify opportunities to interact with lawmakers, conduct successful in-person meetings and engage lawmakers during town hall meetings.

Participants also will learn how to use the AMA's Congressional Recess Action Kit, which includes talking points for some of the most important issues in medicine and a "to-do list" for members of Congress to accomplish during the remainder of 2012.

The upcoming congressional recess, a six-week period scheduled to begin Aug. 4, is an excellent opportunity for physicians to interact with lawmakers as they devote this period to meeting with constituents in their districts.

New CME activity can help patients improve their BMI

A new continuing medical education (CME) activity from the AMA helps physicians enhance their efforts to treat and prevent obesity.

The AMA's online Performance Improvement CME activity is a three-stage practice improvement activity that shows physicians how to calculate and document patients' body mass index (BMI) as a routine part of office visits. Participants will conduct a chart review to establish a baseline of their current BMI documentation, implement interventions in their practice and evaluate their post-intervention improvement.

The first two stages begin with 20-minute online videos that walk participants through the next steps of the activity. Modules and instructions are available for the three stages—stage A, stage B and stage C. Each stage must be completed in order, but participants can earn CME credits without completing all three stages.

According to a recent study, 42 percent of Americans may be obese by 2030 if current trends do not change. Study author Eric Finkelstein estimates that preventing this increase could save about $550 billion in medical costs over the next two decades. Obesity prevention and treatment can be a critical part of helping patients lead healthier lives.

Physicians who participate in this activity are eligible to receive up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Limited funding also is available to offset costs associated with the activity. Email Janet Williams of the AMA for additional information.