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Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

Practice News

Help your patients obtain affordable health coverage

Open enrollment on the new health insurance marketplaces began Tuesday. Take two simple steps to help your patients secure an affordable health insurance plan for 2014.

Patients can acquire coverage for next year by using the health insurance marketplace in their state during open enrollment, Oct. 1–March 31. Help your patients understand how to take advantage of this new opportunity to obtain affordable health care coverage. Just follow these two steps:

  1. Post patient information. A new AMA Web page provides resources you can print and display in your waiting or exam rooms.
  2. Be prepared to answer questions. The AMA offers a reference sheet with answers to commonly asked questions

In addition, you can read a brief overview of the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act to learn more about patient benefits and what the delayed mandate for employers to offer health insurance coverage means.

Make sure your patients have the health care coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy.

CME: How to assess, treat pain in children

A newly updated continuing medical education (CME) program from the AMA can help physicians strike an appropriate balance between managing patients' chronic pain and preventing abuse and overdose of prescription painkillers.

This updated series is a comprehensive educational program comprised of 12 modules that address numerous clinically important aspects of pain management, from assessment to structuring therapy and managing risks.

The sixth module in the series discusses how physicians can assess and treat pain in children, who often are at risk of inadequate pain management as a result of age-related misconceptions. Physicians who complete this module will learn the following:

  • Developmentally appropriate strategies and tools for assessing pain in children
  • Approaches for providing local anesthesia to pediatric patients
  • Pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for pain in children

Physicians can complete the entire 12-part program or select individual modules that address the specific needs of their practices and patients. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The program update was made possible by support from the Prescribers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O), a collaborative project funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

The PCSS-O is led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and includes the AMA, the American Dental Association, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and the International Nurses Society on Addictions.