Wednesday, June 13, 2012
CPT® experts explain how to use modifier 59 correctly
A newly archived AMA webinar helps physicians and professional coders navigate the intricacies of reporting modifier 59.
Used to denote distinct, independent procedural services performed on the same day, modifier 59 is commonly misapplied. This 20-minute webinar is presented by AMA CPT® coding experts and explains the proper and improper uses of the modifier to help physicians avoid compliance issues and lost revenue.
View this and other archived AMA webinars on key practice management topics.
Scholar program promotes diversity, health equity
Thirteen outstanding medical students who are committed to eliminating health disparities have been named recipients of the AMA Foundation's Minority Scholars Award.
This program recognizes the scholastic achievement of first- and second-year medical students who are of an ethnic or racial background that is historically underrepresented in medicine. The awards of $10,000 help ease the cost of medical school for bright young men and women with financial need who aim to improve minority health through their careers.
"The AMA Foundation takes enormous pride in its association with these exceptional medical students," AMA Foundation President Owen Garrick, MD, said. "Their outstanding academic achievements as well as numerous activities illustrating leadership and service in their communities speak to their commitment to make a difference in the health of minority populations and the medical profession."
Just over 9 percent of U.S. physicians are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, although these groups make up about one-quarter of the U.S. population.
Learn more about the scholarship recipients in their online biographies.
These scholarships are made possible by donations from individuals and organizations, and are presented in partnership with the AMA Minority Affairs Section with support from Pfizer Inc. Physicians can make a gift to the AMA Foundation today to help make a difference for the doctors of tomorrow.