Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012
Enrollment for Medicare Part D open through Dec. 7
Seniors who are having difficulty getting their medications under their current prescription drug plan have an opportunity to switch plans during Medicare Part D open enrollment, which runs through Dec. 7.
During open enrollment, Medicare patients should review their current prescription drug coverage and determine whether another plan would meet their needs better. The National Council on Aging offers an easy-to-use website that walks seniors step-by-step through the process of evaluating their current plan and selecting a new one.
Seniors can compare Medicare plans in their area through the official Medicare website. Physicians also can download a pocket reference guide to help answer their elderly patients' questions about drug coverage and enrollment.
Patients who do not wish to change their plan for 2013 need not take any action.
AMA resources offer advice on employment contracting
If you're considering a hospital or other employment agreement, you don't have to settle for the initial agreement terms.
A new online resource center from the AMA features empowering contracting resources for both seasoned physicians and those just completing training. Two model employment agreements—covering hospital and group practice contracts—provide insights from legal experts, including in-depth discussion of compensation models, definitions of terms and alternative contract language to use in negotiations.
The AMA also offers a variety of other resources for employed physicians and those considering employment, including webcasts on employment-related topics and guidelines for managing professional relations.
In addition, AMA members can request personal assistance on matters pertaining to their employment and other professional relationships. The AMA cannot provide legal opinions or representation but is dedicated to answering questions and providing advice on such topics as contracting, credentialing, peer review, due process and medical staff governance.
Not an AMA member? Join today to take full advantage of the AMA's employment resources.