AMA Wire

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Practice News

Discuss medicine's critical issues with AMA president

AMA members can join AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD, on his final Office Hours conference call at 7 p.m. Eastern time April 19.

Office Hours with Dr. Carmel is an hourlong call that provides an interactive forum for two-way discussion between Dr. Carmel and AMA members. Ask Dr. Carmel a question about an issue that's important to you or share a particular concern. Participants can submit questions ahead of time or ask them during the call.

At the outset of the call, Dr. Carmel will update AMA members on the latest issues affecting the practice of medicine. Then he will answer your questions and discuss topics on your mind.

After the call, Dr. Carmel will share your thoughts with the AMA Board of Trustees. Read a blog post about the last Office Hours call, which took place Jan. 19.

These conference calls are just one way for Dr. Carmel to stay connected to the AMA members he represents. Take this opportunity to let your voice be heard, and to pose a question to Dr. Carmel. Register today.

EHR adoption rates climbing in small physician practices

Practices with one or two physicians have become the fastest-growing segment to adopt electronic health records (EHR), according to an article in this week's issue of American Medical News.

An ongoing study by the marketing research firm SK&A found that adoption rates by physicians in solo practice increased from 30.8 percent in July to 36.9 percent in January, and adoption rates by practices with two physicians increased from 41.6 percent to 47.1 percent. In contrast, adoption among practices with 26 or more physicians slowed during the same period—from 75.5 percent in July to 77.2 percent in January.

Regardless of practice size, the AMA offers resources to help physicians implement EHR technology that meets the unique needs of their practice. A series of six short video modules walks through methodologies for successful adoption, and a collection of archived podcasts cover a variety of considerations related to Medicare's meaningful use incentive program.

Use these and other resources from the AMA to prepare your practice for success in implementing health information technology.