AMA Wire

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

For Physicians

Learn about value-based care and earn CME credit

With Medicare and other payers transitioning to new payment models that reward high-quality and cost-effective care, learn what it means to deliver value-based care by participating in an AMA webinar at 7 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 27.

The webinar, "Here it comes … Delivery reform, payment reform and everything in between," is the first in a new series that will highlight why current reform efforts will succeed where others have failed by:

  • Defining what it means to deliver value-based care and explaining key concepts related to delivery and payment reform.
  • Comparing how current reform efforts are similar to and different from past efforts. 
  • Identifying delivery reforms and payment models that support value-based care. 
  • Describing the magnitude of change and the importance of physician leadership.

Physicians can earn continuing medical education (CME) credit in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by participating in the webinar, which is hosted by the AMA Innovators Committee. AMA members can register for free; nonmembers can sign up for $30. If you're not an AMA member, join today.

The next webinar will take place at 7 p.m. Eastern time Dec. 11 and explain how team-based care can help physicians optimize their practice's workflow and increase value.

Subsequent webinars will offer step-by-step guidance on how to improve care coordination, how to optimize practice workflow, how to meaningfully analyze your performance and how value-based payment models can be customized to work for you.

Learn more about the series, view a new white paper by the Innovators Committee and access other resources by visiting the AMA's Next Generation Physician Payment and Delivery Models Web page.

CMS call to detail PQRS, ePrescribing rules for 2013

Hear an overview of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and ePrescribing provisions in the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule by participating in a national call hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 20.

Visit the CMS website to register today for the call. Registration will close at noon Eastern time Nov. 20 or when all space is filled.

The call will be helpful for physicians interested in filing a Medicare ePrescribing hardship to avoid the 1.5 percent payment penalty in 2013. CMS recently re-opened its Communications Support Web page to allow physicians who missed the June 30 deadline to file for a hardship exemption. The Web page will be open until Jan. 31, 2013. Read more in a past edition of AMA Wire.