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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Practice News

Tonight: Webinar looks at customizing new pay models

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

AMA toolkit simplifies HIPAA compliance rules

A toolkit recently released by the AMA can help physicians navigate new revisions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules. Physicians must comply with new HIPAA rules by Sept. 23.

Physicians can turn to the AMA's free toolkit for initial guidance in meeting HIPAA requirements. The toolkit offers practical resources physicians can begin using in their practices:

Among the key changes doctors must make are new agreements with business associates that handle patient data and privacy notices to share with patients and increased security measures for patient information. The updated law also tightens requirements on physicians when patient information is breached. As a result, physician practices could face more legal scrutiny and higher fines in the event of an information breach.

"The AMA stands ready with expert resources and effective tips that will help physicians meet the new requirements for protecting highly sensitive patient information as more data becomes digitalized," AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, said in a news release.

While this new toolkit is available free of charge, physicians also can find additional HIPAA products available for purchase through the AMA Store. AMA members receive a 25 percent discount.