Wednesday, March 14, 2012
News for Women Physicians
Earn CME credit and help your patients make healthy food choices
A new online training module from the AMA helps physicians counsel their patients on healthy eating habits using the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new ChooseMyPlate.gov website. The MyPlate icon has replaced the traditional food pyramid and serves as a visual reminder to eat healthy.
The module offers tips for physicians on accessing the information on ChooseMyPlate.gov and presenting it to patients as part of counseling them on the importance of healthy eating habits. Physicians who complete the module can earn continuing medical education (CME) in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
"Physicians are in a unique position to educate patients about healthy eating and can make a real difference in helping their patients make positive lifestyle changes, but conversations about eating habits can often be challenging," AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD, said in a news release. "This resource guides physicians through the ChooseMyPlate website and offers strategies for talking about healthy eating choices with their patients."
The module is the latest addition to the AMA's Educating Physicians on Controversies and Challenges in Health series of Web-streaming programs.
Guide helps doctors assess emerging payment models
A new "how to" manual from the AMA helps physicians evaluate, negotiate and manage risk-based payment systems that are becoming alternatives to the predominant fee-for-service model for reimbursing physicians.
The manual, "Evaluating and Negotiating Emerging Payment Options," analyzes such budget-based payment systems as payment bundling, pay-for-performance, withholds and risk pools, capitation and shared savings. It provides practical information to help physicians evaluate budget-based payment models and successfully negotiate the evolving payment environment.
The manual is just one of many resources available free to all physicians on the AMA's newly updated online practice consultant. The AMA also offers related resources about accountable care organizations, co-ops and other new delivery system options.