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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

For Physicians

Webinar to examine physician employment principles

Find out how new AMA guidance can help employed physicians in their daily practice of medicine by participating in a Jan. 30 webinar presented by a physician and a panel of expert health law attorneys. Register today.

Jointly sponsored by the AMA and the American Bar Association, the webinar will examine the newly adopted AMA Principles for Physician Employment and their application to real-world situations in which the interests of employers may differ from those of physicians and their patients.

Panelists will discuss such topics as conflicts of interest, physician advocacy on behalf of patients, hospital medical staff relations, peer review and performance evaluations, contracting, and payment agreements. Physicians will be able to participate in a question-and-answer period as well. The webinar begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time Jan. 30 and will last 90 minutes.

Physicians can earn continuing medical education credit in the form of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by participating in this webinar. Registration is free for AMA members; nonmembers can sign up for $45. If you're not an AMA member, join today.

Experts to discuss how to build better Medicare system

A National Journal event Jan. 29 will bring together leading health policy experts to analyze ways to overhaul the ailing Medicare payment system. View a live webcast on the National Journal website starting at 8 a.m. Eastern time.

Underwritten by the AMA, the event will facilitate discussion about viable options for reforming Medicare's quality improvement programs, including implementation of new payment models, provision of timely performance data to physicians, and involvement of physicians in efforts to measure quality and efficiency. Panelists will include physician leaders, health care executives, congressional staff experts and other key voices in health policy.

The AMA is a leader in calling for reform of the Medicare payment system. In the fall, the AMA and more than 100 other medical associations submitted principles and core elements for transitioning to a high-performing Medicare system to Congress.

The AMA's Innovators Committee, a group of 14 physician experts, also recently issued two white papers on ways physicians can implement innovations in care delivery and payment reforms in their practices.

Physicians also have flooded their members of Congress with messages urging the elimination of Medicare's flawed physician payment formula and reformation of the program's payment system through the AMA's Physicians Grassroots Network.