AMA Wire

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

Practice News

AMA members: Share your opinions in EHR survey

A national physician survey aims to collect data that will support physicians in selecting and using electronic health records (EHR) and trigger technology improvements for both physicians and patients.

Patient care physicians across the country, including thousands of AMA members, have received electronic invitations to share their insights and opinions. The survey is a joint project with AmericanEHR Partners, a leading physician resource offering access to unbiased ratings and information about EHR systems and vendors.

"Advances in EHR systems must accommodate a variety of physician practices if the technology is to meet its full potential to streamline workflow and help deliver better care to patients," AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, said in a news release. "Survey input from physicians will help guide the AMA and AmericanEHR Partners in our shared commitment to foster advances that help physicians use health IT to successfully improve health care delivery."

Responses to the survey will be confidential, and physician identities will not be used in the analysis or reporting of survey results. All respondents who complete the survey by Nov. 8 will be entered into a random drawing for a new Apple iPad or one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

Leverage legal protections in dealing with health plans

Negotiating a managed care contract? An AMA resource can empower physicians in small and large practices alike to take advantage of their protections under state and federal law during contract negotiations and subsequent interactions with health insurers.

The AMA's National Managed Care Contract Database (available to AMA members only) can help you hold health insurers accountable to fair business practices. If you're negotiating a contract, the database provides alternative contract language based on the most physician-favorable laws. You also can look up your state's managed care laws to confirm that your contracts are in compliance before signing them.

In addition, the database can help you identify and address such key contracting issues as medical necessity, contract termination and overpayment recovery efforts.

If you're dealing with unlawful health insurer practices, the database provides existing state and federal laws that the insurer must abide by. The laws are easy to find through a simple search, and you can easily insert them into a letter to the insurer or a complaint to your state's department of insurance.

Not an AMA member? Join today for access to this valuable resource and many others.