Lauren Rees

AMA Affiliated Groups

News Writer,

Lauren was a staff writer for the AMA from 2014 to 2015.

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3 things to consider when selecting an EHR

Electronic health records are commonplace in physician practices now. A free online module in the AMA’s STEPS Forward collection can help you prioritize the needs of your patients and your practice to make the best EHR choice.

Scope of Practice

How to make your practice run smoothly with effective team meetings

Physicians and their teams can save time by working together to improve their work flows. Learn easy ways to implement regularly scheduled team meetings to increase communication within your care team and work smoothly.


How the “profit motive” affects American medicine

The United States has a market-based, capitalist system, which means market forces—including the profit motives of corporate interests—can shape the delivery of and payment for medical services. Read about this quintessentially American topic and its implications for medical ethics.

Physician Health

8 things that can put you at risk of burnout

Nearly one-half of physicians say they feel burned out. Depending on lifestyle, practice type and other factors, you may be at an even higher risk. Learn the risk factors, and what things you can do to prevent burnout.

Claims Processing

6 things you need to know about the ICD-10 transition

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making the transition to the ICD-10 code set more flexible, but there are several clarifying points physicians should know. 

GME Funding

GME financing system needs overhaul: IOM report

A long-awaited report from the Institute of Medicine calls for transitioning the current graduate medical education system to a transparent, performance-based system. Adding additional funds to the system, however, isn’t one of the recommendations—a fact that concerns the AMA.


Ethical considerations in the evolving health care ecosystem

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics was created in 1847 before the outbreak of the American Civil War, the invention of the telegraph and the standardization of indoor plumbing. In its more than 160 years guiding physicians in the enduring values of ethics and medicine, the Code has seen a lot of...


States advance medical liability reforms

Physicians in Idaho now will be protected from exposure to new causes of action based on whether the physician complied with quality and delivery improvement initiatives outlined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).