AMA STEPS Forward®

AMA STEPS Forward® Innovation Academy past events



  1. 2023
  2. 2022
  3. 2021
  4. 2020

Enjoy this vast collection of past events from the AMA STEPS Forward Innovation Academy, all open-access and categorized by year.


  1. Addressing Childhood Trauma Through Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)

    1. Experts introduce trauma-informed care and how it can be incorporated within broader integrated care efforts. 
  2. AMA Prediabetes Quality Measures

    1. Learn about the AMA Prediabetes Quality Measures initiative, which uses electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) to assess and incentivize top-tier diabetes preventive care.
  3. Applications of Extended Reality in Health Care

    1. Learn more about the current state of extended reality in health care and explore real-world use cases of VR and AR technology today. 
  4. A System-Level Approach to EHR Inbox Reduction

    1. This webinar discusses the benefits of taming the EHR inbox and how to take the first step to accomplishing that goal.
  5. A Team-Based Approach to Treating Prediabetes

    1. Experts share real-world applications on how to make simple changes in your clinic routine to treat prediabetes.
  6. Behavioral Health Integration in Private Practice

    1. This session of Private Practice Simple Solutions session addresses constructive tools, resources and practical suggestions for incorporating BHI into your workflows.

  7. Behavioral Health Screening as a Part of Ongoing Care

    1. Physician experts address concerns regarding behavioral health screening pitfalls and practice readiness, with a focus on pediatric, OB/GYN and geriatric patient populations.
  8. Closing the Digital Health Disconnect: A Blueprint for Optimizing Digitally Enabled Care

    1. A panel of experts discuss the AMA Future of Health report (PDF) from the 2022 HLTH conference, jointly developed by the AMA and Manatt Health.
  9. Closing the Gap: How Physicians Are Driving the Future of Health

    1. Highlights the AMA’s digital health initiatives from 2023 and shares what’s to come.
  10. Delivering Health at Home Through Innovation and Tech

    1. Dive into the AMA report on The State of Health at Home Models: Key Considerations and Opportunities and explore the types of care being provided in the home today.
  11. Digitally Enabled Care for Women’s Health

    1. This virtual session dives into the current state of women’s health and maternal health and how digitally enabled care is promoting and enhancing women’s well-being.
  12. E/M Documentation Burden Reduction

    1. This Private Practice Simple Solutions session provides insight on how to use the AMA STEPS Forward® Simplified Outpatient Documentation and Coding toolkit as a guide in your practice.

  13. Engaging patients in psychosocial interventions

    1. Experts discuss the spectrum of brief psychosocial interventions along with how best to use them.
  14. Enhancing Integrated Behavioral Health Care with Digital Therapeutics

    1. Expanding on the AMA and Manatt Health’s report on digitally enabled BHI, audiences learn how DTx solutions can be leveraged by primary care physicians to improve care coordination and treatment for their patients.
  15. Essentials of Patient and Family-Centered Behavioral Health Care for Older Adults

    1. Experts walk through patient scenarios to highlight best practices in geriatric care.
  16. How to Financially Sustain Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) in Your Practice

    1. Experts share real-world experiences implementing BHI and how physician practices and health systems can make it financially viable for their patients.
  17. Introduction to Psychopharmacology

    This session of Private Practice Simple Solutions addresses how to determine the need for psychopharmacological intervention, available tools and resources, and key steps to integrating into a private practice setting.

  18. Leveraging E-consults in Practice

    1. Learn about how e-consults can improve patient experiences and reduce unnecessary health care services.
  19. Marketing and Branding for Private Practices

    1. These Private Practice Simple Solutions sessions on basic and advanced marketing and branding features subject matter experts Rob Rosenberg and Mike Chapman of Springboard Brand and Creative Strategy.

  20. Physician Recruitment

    1. This Private Practice Simple Solutions session focuses on strategies for recruiting physicians to your private practice.

  21. Social Determinants of Health in Private Practice

    1. This Private Practice Simple Solutions session uses the AMA STEPS Forward® Social Determinants of Health toolkit as a guide to discuss the impact of social needs on private practices, understanding the unique health needs of a community and strategies to help your practice begin addressing SDOH.

  22. Support Staff Recruitment

    1. This Private Practice Simple Solutions session addresses how employee empowerment, importance of good culture and fair compensation can all successfully play a role in the support staff recruitment process.

  23. Tackling the Youth Mental Health Crisis

    1. Experts highlight key aspects of youth mental health promotion, identification and intervention.
  24. Team-Based Care

    1. This session of Private Practice Simple Solutions uses the AMA STEPS Forward® Team-Based Care toolkit as a guide in addressing topics including pre-visit planning, expanded rooming and discharge, team documentation, prescription management and EHR in-basket management. 

  25. Telehealth in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    1. Expands on the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)’s recently-released white paper, Telehealth in PM&R: Past, Present and Future in Clinical Practice and Opportunities for Translational Research. Hosted in collaboration with AAPM&R.
  26. Telehealth in Private Practices

    1. This Private Practice Simple Solutions session uses the AMA Telehealth Implementation Playbook as a guide to support private practices in continuing to leverage telehealth and virtual care to provide patient care.

  27. Well-being Communication Strategies

    1. Leveraging the AMA STEPS Forward® Wellness-Centered Leadership Playbook, viewers gain an understanding of how to develop a communication strategy for trust and well-being at the organizational level.

Innovation Academy

AMA STEPS Forward® Innovation Academy provides practice resources such as webinars, mentoring, learning collaboratives, boot camps, and more.

  1. Accelerating Behavioral Health Integration Through Telehealth

    1. Participants learn more about the opportunities and challenges with incorporating technology to advance more coordinated and equitable behavioral health care.
  2. Addressing adult suicidal ideation in the primary care setting

    1. Building off Practical Strategies for Managing Suicidal Ideation & Reducing Risk, this webinar focuses on how primary care practices can address suicidal ideation within their adult patient population.
  3. Addressing behavioral health in primary care: Non-pharmacological services & treatments

    1. Physician experts explain how they identified behavioral health needs within their patient populations.
  4.  AMA Digital Health Research: 2022 Findings

    1. An executive summary and walkthrough of 2022’s key insights along with a longitudinal analysis of key changes in physician motivations and requirements for the adoption of digital clinical tools compared to prior years.
  5. Assembling the BHI care team: Roles and responsibilities

    1. Gain tips on how to identify practice needs, train care team members, and assign roles and responsibilities for addressing patient behavioral health needs in a streamlined way.
  6. Clinical Case Study: Telehealth for Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

    1. Co-hosted with the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), this webinar showcased examples of how telehealth is currently being leveraged by Allergists/Immunologists to provide allergy, asthma, and immunology care. 
  7. Clinical Case Study: Telehealth for Dermatology

    1. Participants gain insight on ways to leverage a variety of telehealth modalities including provider-to-provider e-consults, live audio/visual and store-and-forward. 
  8. Clinical Case Study: Telehealth for Emergency Medicine

    1. Co-hosted with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), this webinar provides an overview of the innovative ways that telehealth is currently being used in emergency medicine.
  9. Clinical Case Study: Telehealth for Neurology

    1. Co-hosted with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), this webinar explores telehealth use for neurology, including sleep medicine, epilepsy and stroke.
  10. Current Telehealth Trends & Implications for the Future

    1. This webinar walks through the 2021 Telehealth Use Survey results and highlights key findings.
  11. Demonstrating the Value of Virtual Care 

    1. Real-world examples of how virtual care has impacted one or more of the following value streams: (1) clinical outcomes, quality, safety, (2) access to care, (3) patient, family and caregiver experience, (4) clinician experience, (5) financial and operational impact, and (6) health equity.  
  12. Developing Digital Empathy and the Virtual Physical Exam

    1. Expands upon the recent publication “Enhancing Digital Empathy and Reimagining the Telehealth Experience” from Telehealth and Medicine Today and provides suggested strategies to improve patient connection and communication when delivering care remotely.
  13. Dismantling Stigma for All: Addressing Physician and Patient Mental Health Including Suicide Risk

    1. Experts discuss suicide ideation and dismantling the stigma around seeking mental health treatment.
  14. Integrating mental health care into the OB practice

    1. Learn how a practicing OB-GYN integrated mental health screening, assessment, treatment and follow-up into the obstetric practice.
  15. Integrating psychopharmacology into primary care: When and how

    1. A family medicine physician and psychiatrist share the ins and outs of integrating psychopharmacological treatment into a primary care practice.
  16. Mental health impacts on patients & care teams

    1. Experts share their experiences engaging pediatric and adult patients before and during the pandemic, and how patient health needs have changed over time.
  17. Mind the Gaps: Digital Health Issues and Opportunities

    1. Mayo Clinic leaders showcase efforts to advance digital health across three functional teams–strategy, research and clinical informatics.
  18. Parenting as a physician: It takes a lot of patience

    1. Gain tips on balancing family life as a physician.
  19. Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems

    1. Experts discuss steps for advancing racial and health equity within a health care system.
  20. Setting Boundaries for Preventing Fatigue and Building Resilience

    1. Learn the value and necessity of setting limits and how doing so positively affects personal well-being.
  21. Social Determinants of Health

    1. This webinar discusses how to effectively address social determinants of health (SDOH) in your practice.

AMA STEPS Forward®

Open-access practice innovation resources including toolkits, playbooks and podcasts that help physicians and their care teams thrive.

  1. Advancing health equity through BHI

    1. This webinar focus on diversity/equity related to race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and gender identity.
  2. Association of Physician Burnout With Suicidal Ideation and Medical Errors

    1. Speakers discuss findings from their study, “Association of Physician Burnout With Suicidal Ideation and Medical Errors,” published in JAMA Network Open in 2020. 
  3. Beating physician burnout with behavioral health integration

    1. Experts share how implementing behavioral health integration has helped to increase joy and satisfaction in their practice.
  4. Bolstering chronic care management with behavioral health integration (BHI)

    1. Experts discuss how they have used BHI within their practices to improve their management of key chronic conditions and provide whole person care to patients.
  5. Clinical Case Study: Telehealth for Hypertension

    1. Provides participants with an overview of techniques for managing hypertension via telehealth and remote patient monitoring. 
  6. Clinical Case Study: Telehealth for Mental/Behavioral Health

    1. Provides participants with an overview of opportunities and techniques for delivering integrated mental and behavioral health care via telehealth technologies. 
  7. Clinical Case Study: Telehealth for Primary Care

    1. Provides participants with an overview of techniques for delivering primary care via telehealth and remote patient monitoring. 
  8. Cognitive workload: A modifiable contributor to physician burnout?

    1. Drs. Elizabeth Harry and Christine Sinsky discuss findings from their study “Physician Task Load and the Risk of Burnout Among US Physicians in a National Survey,” published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety in 2020.
  9. Effective BHI strategies for independent practices

    1. Independent physician practice experts provide an overview of their experience integrating behavioral health.
  10. Establishing a chief wellness officer

    1. This webinar provides a step-by-step guide to laying the groundwork for and establishing a chief wellness officer role in your organization.
  11. Establishing efficient workflows

    1. Practice experts share how they successfully integrated behavioral health care into their practice workflow to create a seamless experience for patients and the care team.
  12. Fostering effective health plan-physician partnerships

    1. Experts from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and IHA, a member of Trinity Health, share their experience working together to launch and maintain a successful BHI program.
  13. Health Care Technology and the Human Connection

    1. This webinar explores how physicians can maintain empathy and human “touch” within a digital environment while also improving outcomes and enhance experiences.
  14. How to address the growing behavioral health concerns among children, adolescents, and families

    1. Physician experts share how they use BHI to provide comprehensive, whole-person care to children, adolescents and families within the practice setting.
  15. How to Incorporate Learners in Telehealth Encounters

    1. Proper training and programmatic alignment to systematically include learners in telehealth encounters enables medical educators to leverage telehealth and allows trainees to develop telehealth-specific skills.
  16. Implementing Innovation with an Equity Lens

    1. Learn how practices are implementing new innovations and technology with an equity lens, including emerging care models that are addressing health disparities, increasing access and advancing equity.
  17. Leveraging EHR-integrated Telehealth Tools

    1. Learn how to identify patients more likely to experience challenges accessing digital health tools and proactively target outreach efforts with the goal of promoting access to virtual care.
  18. Measuring the Value of Virtual Care

    1. Review the return on health research findings and walk through the various case studies that display the impact telehealth has on varying practices based on environment, size, payment model, and use case.
  19. Medical assistants: Recruitment and retention

    1. With 1,600 guidelines that must be addressed and only a 20-minute visit, providing care requires a team. Learn how to increase the number of MAs that are trained with innovative programs and retain the best.
  20. Physician burnout: It’s not a resiliency deficit

    1. Experts discuss findings from the study “Resilience and Burnout Among Physicians and the General U.S. Working Population,” published in JAMA Network Open in 2020.
  21. Physician Peer Support: An Organization's Secret Weapon to Combat Physician Burnout

    1. Learn how to successfully implement a peer support program at your health care organization.
  22. Practical billing strategies for the Collaborative Care Model

    1. Building off Behavioral Health Billing & Coding 101: How to Get Paid, this webinar takes a deeper dive into effective billing and coding strategies specific to the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM).
  23. Practical strategies for managing suicidal ideation and reducing risk

    1. Experts share current data on pediatric and adult suicidal ideation, the importance of screening early and often, and the connection between child mental health and mental health as an adult.
  24. Privacy and Security: Know the Rules for Communication of Behavioral Health Information

    1. Experts provide an overview of the current behavioral health privacy and security landscape.
  25. Stress First Aid for health care professionals

    1. This webinar focuses on Stress First Aid, a peer support and self-care model designed to assist peers in reducing the negative impacts of stress.
  26. Taming the EHR

    1. The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is here to stay…but you have more control than you think. 
  27. Vaccinations: Roadmap for success

    1. Understanding why vaccine hesitancy exists is the first step toward increasing acceptance. Learn how to communicate with storytelling and metaphors, not just numbers. Start with your own health care team–they may be hesitant too.
  28. What makes a high performing practice?

    1. Learn how 25 practices succeeded in today’s challenging environment and about the free tools and resources that the AMA has developed to help independent physicians succeed. 

Digital Health Care CME

Gain essential knowledge on the ever-changing space of digital health technology. Earn CME while learning at your own pace.

  1. Behavioral Health Billing & Coding 101: How to Get Paid

    1. This webinar highlights how the provision of behavioral health care services is a valuable use of physician time and effort. 
  2. Keys to Success: Implementation Strategies for Virtual Behavioral Health Integration

    1. Explore how physician practices can virtually support the behavioral health of their patients.
  3. Measuring the financial impact of BHI

    1. Experts explore how practices can both financially plan for and sustain the integration of behavioral health care.
  4. Physicians leading the charge: Dismantling  stigma  around behavioral health conditions and treatment

    1. Speakers share examples of how physicians can be leaders in breaking the stigma barrier and normalizing treatment for people with mental health conditions.
  5. The Value of Collaboration and Shared Culture in Behavioral Health Integration

    1. Physician experts provide actionable insights on how best to collaborate with each other to integrate behavioral health within current workflows. 

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  1. 2023
  2. 2022
  3. 2021
  4. 2020