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Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

For Physicians

Fix Medicare Now: Make sure Congress gets the message

Join your colleagues throughout the country in putting concerted pressure on members of Congress to reform the Medicare physician payment system by year's end., the AMA's new grassroots campaign website, makes it easy.

The website lets both physicians and patients lend their voices to the growing chorus calling for an end to Medicare's failed funding formula and the establishment of a new system that fosters high-quality care. Physicians also can download a flier to remind their patients to contact Congress to protect Medicare and access to care.

In August the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a bill to repeal the failed SGR formula and provide a transition to new models of care delivery and payment. The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee also are expected to issue their own versions of the legislation this fall.

Email your members of Congress today to tell them that now is the time to transform Medicare into an effective, 21st-century model of care.

In an integrated practice? New AMA section is for you

If you're in a physician-led integrated care organization, plan to attend the first interim business meeting of the AMA's Integrated Physician Practice Section (IPPS) Nov. 14-15, just outside the nation's capital in National Harbor, Md.

Attendees will be able to network with their peers who are focused on coordinated care delivery and participate in an interactive program that looks at such topics as physician satisfaction, electronic health records, quality metrics and engaging the patient for success in today's quality reporting environment.

A reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14. The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, in conjunction with the AMA Interim Meeting.

The section, which held its inaugural meeting in June, was created at a time of accelerated change in health care delivery that has led to a strong impetus to foster and expand integrated modes of practice. By participating in the AMA-IPPS, physicians in integrated practices can have a coordinated voice in shaping AMA policy through the AMA House of Delegates.

The mission of the AMA-IPPS is to influence policy and provide education to advance the interests of physician-led, integrated health care delivery organizations and physicians who are working toward such systems of coordinated care.

Visit the AMA-IPPS Web page to learn more about the section, view the meeting agenda and sign up to attend.