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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

For Physicians

Get insight into customizing new payment models

An AMA webinar at 7 p.m. Eastern time Sept. 18 will explore how to design and implement a sustainable payment model that fits the individual physician's practice. Register today to participate.

As the last webinar in a seven-part series hosted by the AMA Innovators Committee, this webinar will provide the final piece of the puzzle for achieving a practice structure that fosters high-value care—both in care delivery and payment.

Physician innovators who have implemented successful payment reforms will share their insights into building the infrastructure and establishing the partnerships that enable physicians to create sustainable payment models for their particular circumstances.

Presenters will discuss how to use data to build hybrid models that employ the right mix of bundled payments, care management fees and fee for service and how to form partnerships with other physician groups, hospitals and payers that will lead to a successful payment model.

Physicians can earn continuing medical education credit in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by participating in or viewing any of the webinars in this series. Registration is free for AMA members; nonmembers can sign up for $30. If you're not an AMA member, join today.

Toolkit helps communities prevent overdose deaths

A new toolkit developed by the Department of Health and Human Services can equip first responders, physicians, patients and others in the community to reverse the tide of opioid overdose deaths sweeping the nation.

The toolkit, announced Saturday in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, includes safety advice for patients, information for physicians who prescribe opioids, steps for first responders, resources for overdose survivors and their family members, and facts for community members.

The resource for physicians discusses ways to minimize the risk of overdose, guidance about treating opioid overdose, legal considerations and information about coding claims for overdose treatment.

Drug overdosing has reached epidemic levels in the United States, claiming the lives of about 100 Americans every day. In 2010, more than 38,000 people died from overdoses, 22,000 of which involved prescription drugs.

The AMA offers a newly updated continuing medical education program that can help physicians strike an appropriate balance between managing patients' chronic pain and preventing abuse and overdose of prescription painkillers. This comprehensive program includes 12 modules that address clinically important aspects of pain management, from assessment to structuring therapy and managing risks.