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Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

News for Senior and Retired Physicians

Become a mentor for physicians in training

Become a mentor for physicians in training

Encourage the next generation of physicians in career and leadership development through an online AMA mentorship program.

The AMA Mentorship Initiative pairs medical students, residents and fellows with physicians for a 12-month mentorship that is designed to foster career advancement and leadership development in organized medicine.

Sign up today (AMA login required) to participate. Mentors and mentees must be members of the AMA. For more information, send an email to the AMA Young Physicians Section.

Medicare sticks to clock-watching on hospital observation policy

New requirements will take effect, over opposition from physicians and hospitals, that are intended to curtail the practice of long stays in observation, according to a recent article in American Medical News.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized a rule that only indirectly addresses long hospital outpatient stays that leave patients exposed to large bills and no postacute care coverage. Patients receiving services at the hospital during a period spanning less than two consecutive midnights would be considered outpatients by Medicare contractors processing claims unless a physician's documentation supported an inpatient stay order. 

Read more in American Medical News.