AMA Wire

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

News for Young Physicians

Apply for grants to promote prescription drug safety

Apply for grants to promote prescription drug safety

Medical organizations can qualify for one of 25 grants to advance educational programs that promote prescription drug safety.

The AMA Foundation is seeking applications for grants of $8,000 to fund prescription medication safety projects targeting young people who are ages 2 to 21. Medical organizations, including hospitals, free clinics, public health departments, medical schools and nonprofit organizations, are encouraged to collaborate on these projects with schools, government entities and nonprofit organizations.

The AMA Foundation's Healthy Living Grant program has supported 288 programs throughout the country that teach young people about nutrition, physical fitness and violence prevention. Previous grants have funded such activities as youth-led social media campaigns, toolkits and workshops for parents, and age-appropriate e-learning modules. This program is supported by a generous grant from Purdue Pharma LP.

The AMA Foundation is dedicated to improving public health by raising funds and providing philanthropic support to high-impact health and medical scholarship programs. Applications must be received by July 16. Learn more and download an application today.

Webinar discusses how to eliminate unfair discounts

A newly archived webinar from the AMA helps physicians understand when their payments are unfairly discounted and how to prevent harmful rental network activity.

Hosted by practice management experts, the webinar explains how to determine whether a preferred provider network agreement will benefit the physician's practice. Physicians who view the webinar will learn how preferred provider networks work, the difference between primary and secondary provider networks, and what to look for in an agreement with one of these networks.

The webinar also addresses model legislation (AMA login required) the AMA is encouraging state lawmakers to adopt. Such legislation would regulate the rental network industry and make health insurers' contracting and payment practices more transparent.

A related toolkit created by the AMA and the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations also provides guidance on this important issue.