AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

For Physicians

Time running out to weigh in on proposed AMA policy

Want to influence AMA policy on key issues in medicine? AMA members can comment on proposed policy online until 7 p.m. Eastern time June 3.

The AMA's eight "Virtual Reference Committees" are secure online forums (AMA login in required) that allow any AMA member to weigh in on more than 200 reports and resolutions that will be debated at the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates June 16–20. The topics range from repealing the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board to the physician workforce shortage.

Learn more about the online forums and the AMA policymaking process.

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.