Patient Support & Advocacy
How to improve screening for social determinants of health
Most doctors and hospitals aren’t yet screening patients on issues such as housing or transportation needs. Learn more from the AMA on how to change that.
New ICD-10 codes will help physicians tackle social barriers to care
A new collaboration between the AMA and UnitedHealthcare will work to address the social and environmental factors that affect patients’ health by standardizing data collection on their social determinants of health (SDOH) to help address individu
UNH and the AMA collaborate to address access to better health
UNH and AMA support data use for social determinants of health to improve social services referrals and build efforts to help the underserved get health care.
Read details about the transition to ICD-10 and AMA efforts to mitigate disruptions in claims processing.
Medicare penalty relief follows quality reporting mix-up
The AMA brings to light a coding-update glitch that could have led to unfairly applied penalties.
Top 10 newsmakers for physicians in 2015
Among the biggest news stories for physicians in 2015 included the end of an era for Medicare, the launch of one of the most complex practice changes in recent decades, and the continued advancement of patient care.
How to handle ICD-10 issues
With the arrival of the Oct. 1 implementation deadline for ICD-10, you need to be sure your practice can take care of any claims processing issues that result from using the new code set. The AMA’s ICD-10 Web page allows you to report any issues your practice is experiencing with how Medicare is processing claims now that the ICD-10 code set is in effect.
ICD-10 code mapping tools--can you trust them?
The Oct. 1 compliance deadline for ICD-10 implementation is just days away, and many physician practices may be relying on the aid of coding tools to help ease the transition from the ICD-9 code set. Experts caution that you should verify the accuracy of these tools and make sure the code best represents the patient’s diagnosis.