AMA Wire

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Practice News

What to do about problematic clauses in insurer contracts

An AMA webinar at 1 p.m. Eastern time March 26 will top off a 16-part series that provides essential managed care contracting guidance for physicians. Register today.

The hourlong webinar will cover a variety of issues physicians must look out for when reviewing contracts from health insurers. An experienced health law attorney will discuss the effect certain provisions can have on a physician's practice, including so-called "gag" clauses, limitations on liability and hold-harmless clauses.

Participants will find out how to identify such clauses and learn about steps many states have taken to prohibit or restrict their use.

The remaining webinars in this popular series are archived for on-demand viewing. Presented by health law attorneys and practice management experts, the series covers such topics as:

  • Understanding new contract provisions, including important modifications regarding new models of care delivery and payment.
  • Negotiating contract terms with regard to new payment models.
  • Protecting against unfair attempts to recover overpayments.
  • Addressing potentially hazardous contract amendments.
  • Ensuring a fair dispute resolution process.

Physicians also can join a new LinkedIn discussion group to post questions, learn about new resources and gain insights from peers on this and other practice management issues.

Resource sheds light on online software applications

Adopting online software for the physician practice offers such benefits as low start-up costs, hassle-free updates and upgrades, and easy access. But how can physicians know whether such software is a good fit for their practice?

An AMA resource helps physicians evaluate the advantages, challenges and requirements of using online software applications. The resource discusses different operation models, including cloud computing and application service provider software, and provides a handy checklist of questions that can help physicians determine whether one of these models should meet their unique practice needs.