Improving Health Outcomes
Accelerating Change in Medical Education
Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability
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Over the SGR hurdle: What's next?
Improving Health Outcomes
Accelerating Change in Medical Education
Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability
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The AMA is working to improve the health of the nation.

Explore how we're leveraging our expertise, strength, influence and connections to reimagine medical education, stop chronic diseases that are plaguing families, and ensure physicians can continue to put their patients first in our rapidly evolving health care system.

Working with physicians, policymakers, medical educators and other leaders, the AMA is helping to lead the enhancement of quality care to meet patient needs, lower health care costs and improve the nation's health in ways that make a measurable difference.

Improving health outcomes

In both dollars and human suffering the toll heart disease and type 2 diabetes take is staggering. To improve health outcomes for these diseases, the AMA believes a new approach is required. That’s why we are committing our resources and expertise to strengthening links between the clinic and community, and to developing new collaborations that focus on health as well as medical care.

Currently, through the AMA’s “Improving health outcomes” initiative, we are working with two groups affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine—the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities—to improve blood pressure control in people with hypertension, and with the YMCA of the USA to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes.

With our attention trained on finding bold, new ways our profession can contribute to better health care and lower health care costs, we invite you to learn more about the AMA’s efforts to improve health outcomes.

We asked the question: How do you overhaul a medical education system that hasn’t changed in 100 years?

We put this challenge to the nation’s medical schools and more than 80 percent affirmed a strong interest in participating with us to optimize the learning environment and develop solutions that create more flexible, individualized learning paths. To help shape the medical school of the future, the AMA—serving as a catalyst for change—went to work. In 2013, as part of our “Accelerating change in medical education” initiative, we granted a total of $11 million to 11 U.S. medical schools.

Over the next four years we’ll work with these schools as part of a national consortium to prototype and disseminate their innovative ideas and programs—both within the consortium and beyond.

Creating new models for learning and new methods and opportunities for collaboration and innovation—that’s our focus as we strive to meet the needs of our nation's medical students, physicians, patients and ever-evolving health care system.

Professional satisfaction and practice sustainability

How do we increase and improve both? Will it take investing significant resources? Will it take finding meaningful, workable solutions to help physicians successfully navigate and address the evolving health care environment? Will it take understanding and evaluating long-term paths to practice sustainability and professional satisfaction for both employed and independent physicians? The answer is “Yes”—and, yes, the AMA is actively working on it.

The AMA’s “Professional satisfaction and practice sustainability” initiative is an area of focus we have placed front and center on our radar. By identifying and supporting current and emerging payment and care delivery models, by promoting sustainable practices that work best for physicians across a variety of practice settings, by focusing on results that can improve health outcomes for patients, we are playing a vital role in helping physicians provide high-quality care, reduce health care costs for the nation and increase professional satisfaction.

See how we’re anticipating and actively addressing the evolving needs of physicians by getting the latest updates on this important initiative.

Keeping you in the know

Stay up to date with news and information important to physicians through AMA’s website and e-newsletters!

AMA Wire

  • News stories published daily online to help you stay on the pulse of issues impacting the medical community
  • Optimized for mobile reading
  • Easily share with colleagues and friends through social media or e-mail

AMA Morning Rounds

  • E-mail delivered every weekday morning with top news in medicine and healthcare
  • Robust, daily summary curated from 3,000 news publications
  • Provides daily news published on AMA Wire with information, products and services to help make you a better physician

AMA Morning Rounds Weekend Edition

  • Weekly e-mail tip sheet of top health and medical news for AMA members
  • See top JAMA highlights to learn about the latest clinical developments

Advocacy Update

  • Bi-weekly e-mail update on AMA’s advocacy in our nation’s capital, states and courthouses
  • Provides an in-depth spotlight on pressing policy and legal topics
  • Highlights important judicial activities across the country that impact physicians

Med Ed Update

  • Monthly e-mail that provides insights on the latest on innovations in medical education
  • Fresh, new mobile-friendly design

Thought leaders at your service

The JAMA Network®, built on a tradition of editorial excellence, brings you enhanced access to the research, reviews and perspectives shaping the future of medicine. The JAMA Network provides the insights that matter most in medical research and practice—brought to you by a variety of innovative tools.

With JAMA® and its ten specialty journals, groundbreaking research and insightful commentary from leaders across the spectrum of health care are at your fingertips.

Things physicians need

Our members count on the AMA to provide useful, highly accessible resources and expertise that cut across the wide variety of topics facing physicians today. From the business of medicine to the ethics of medicine, turn to the AMA for trusted, authoritative guidance.

For example, when it comes to continuing medical education (CME), the AMA currently offers resources covering more than 80 CME topics to help busy physicians meet their professional needs. In addition, we host a range of relevant webinars, many of which offer CME.

To keep your practice running smoothly, the AMA’s breadth of CPT® products and support services are unmatched in their ability to help you and your practice staff code with confidence. Find these and other valuable coding, compliance and ancillary resources at the AMA Store.

Finally, when it comes to questions of medical ethics and professional responsibility, the AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics and our online ethics journal, Virtual Mentor, represent two of medicine’s most trusted sources of wisdom and guidance.

Advocating on behalf of America’s physicians and patients

From Capitol Hill to statehouses and in courtrooms across the nation, the AMA is aggressively involved in advocacy efforts that tackle the most vital issues in medicine today. Each year, by working with state and specialty medical societies, we achieve scores of federal, state and regulatory victories that make a difference.

For a more complete overview of our advocacy efforts and the resources we offer physicians and medical societies, visit the advocacy section of the AMA website, the AMA Advocacy Resource Center and the Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies.

Fighting for America’s physicians and patients every day–that’s the AMA.

Helping patients understand medicine’s digital landscape

Digital health is helping to transform the traditional patient-physician relationship, creating new opportunities for you to actively engage in your health care.

  • Instead of picking up the phone to schedule an appointment, patients are increasingly turning to secure, online websites that let you upload medical information, fill out paperwork in advance, schedule office visits and access your health information electronically.
  • Many physicians now use tablets to take notes and enter information into a patient’s electronic health record or EHR. They also have remote access to electronic lab results and diagnostic images, and can prescribe drugs electronically or securely communicate with patients.
  • Physicians and patients are using new technologies that enable physicians to diagnose and treat patients who are located at a different location—a critical benefit for those living in underserved areas and the medically fragile.
  • The digital revolution is driving the rapid use of mobile applications that help individuals manage their wellness by tracking things such as exercise, nutrition and sleep habits.
  • Health care professionals use remote monitoring apps to track major patient health events, increase patient compliance with treatment and improve patient care collaboration.

In our push to improve the health of the nation, and so that you get the best medical care possible, the AMA is seeing to it that digital health is done right.

Patients we invite you to learn more about digital health and what it means to you. Physicians and other health care professionals, see what the AMA is up to in digital health. Check out “The Future of Healthcare” supplement to USA Today to read articles by leaders in health care, including our own.

We are past the SGR hurdle. The path is clear for what's next.

With the leadership of the AMA, the nation stepped into a new era for health care by eliminating Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR). Following years of advocacy by the AMA and the nation's physicians, Congress voted overwhelmingly to repeal the flawed Medicare payment formula that created instability and threatened access to care.

The legislation outlines several provisions that are beneficial for physicians, including:

  • Medicare's current quality reporting programs will be streamlined and simplified into one merit-based incentive payment system
  • Protections are included so that medical liability cases cannot use Medicare quality program standards and measures as a standard or duty of care
  • Incentive payments will be available for physicians who participate in alternative payment models and meet certain thresholds
  • Technical support will be provided to help smaller practices participate in alternative payment models or the new fee-for-service incentive program

The AMA will work to ensure that implementation bolsters physician practices and empowers physicians to provide the best possible care for patients.

With the SGR hurdle crossed, we can advance professional satisfaction and practice sustainability and continue our work to improve the health of the nation.