2016 AMA Annual Meeting
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Events not to miss at the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting

From appearances by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and physician blog founder Kevin Pho, MD, to an exciting physician entrepreneurship challenge, the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting features a number of events not to miss.

Social media insights from the doctor behind KevinMD.com

Kevin Pho, MD, founder and editor of the popular physician blog bearing his name, will share practical insights about how to make a difference in health care through social media. Dr. Pho's address will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 11 in the Regency Ballroom.

Clinical skills and specialty choice: Students get practical assistance

Medical students can get a leg up on developing their clinical skills and selecting the specialty they wish to pursue at the AMA Medical Specialty Showcase and Clinical Skills Workshop, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 11 in the Riverside Exhibit Hall. Students will have a special opportunity to speak directly with physicians about their preferred specialties and get hands-on practice with such clinical skills as ultrasound, airway management and suturing.

Innovation challenge finalists pitch ideas for improving the nation's health

Join your colleagues for an evening of innovation when the inaugural AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge culminates at a live event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 11 at Chicago health tech incubator MATTER (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza #1230).

The evening will open with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and networking, followed by a program at 6 p.m., during which the top five challenge finalists (teams comprised of physicians, residents and medical students) will pitch their ideas for improving the health of the nation to a panel of judges. Three winning teams will take home a total of $50,000 in prizes.

AMA members attend for free. Learn more about the AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge, and register for the event now.

CMS acting administrator to discuss Medicare payment system changes

Proposed regulations released in late April outline implementation of the landmark Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which will make sweeping changes in care delivery and payment. CMS Acting Administrator Slavitt will discuss implementation in an address to the AMA House of Delegates at 2 p.m. June 13 in the Grand Ballroom.

Slavitt forged a partnership with physicians on ICD-10 implementation and has committed to work through challenging implementation issues of the new law alongside physicians, which he underscored at a congressional hearing in May. He has publicly expressed a desire to win back the physician community after years of regulatory excess.

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See the Speakers' Letter and consult the AMA sections and special groups Web pages for additional details about activities taking place at the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting.

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