Improving electronic health records
We're partnering with multiple stakeholders to improve physician and end-user experience with electronic health records.
5 things every modern medical practice needs
Physicians need to ensure their practices are prepared for evolving technology, increased patient demands and shifting payment models, Here are 5 things every modern practice will need to thrive.
How the AMA is helping America's physicians combat burnout
Research shows that the rates of burnout and fatigue affect about 40 percent of U.S. physicians, over 10 percentage points higher than the general population.
What motivates physicians--and how health care needs to change
Studies show physicians are more motivated by intrinsic values that uniquely define the profession rather than external values, such as financial rewards.A recent Viewpoint on professionalism discusses how the health care needs to change from one that is governed by burdensome financial regulations to one that gives physicians what they need to provide the highest quality care.
Initiative minimizes barriers to providing high-quality care
Now that studies have made the reasons behind physicians’ professional satisfaction clear, it’s time to implement solutions that let physicians get back to doing what they want to do most—give high-quality care to patients.
Medicare & Medicaid
Delegates ask for suspension of meaningful use penalties
At the 2014 AMA Interim Meeting, delegates renewed their request that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suspend penalties for failure to meet meaningful use criteria. The new policy comes on the heels of the recent release of new attestation numbers showing only 2 percent of physicians have demonstrated Stage 2 meaningful use so far this year.
Patient Support & Advocacy
United voice will protect physician-patient relationship: AMA CEO
Unifying the physician community and speaking with one voice will ensure the AMA’s “True North”—the physician-patient relationship—remains strong in the face of a semi-chaotic, rapidly changing health care environment, AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD said in his address at the 2014 AMA Annual Meeting.
Medicare & Medicaid
Improve EHRs before expanding meaningful use, AMA tells ONC
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a proposed rule containing voluntary certification criteria for EHR systems in 2015 to be used by physicians participating in the meaningful use program. The rule was to give vendors flexibility in upgrading their systems and offer a look at the 2017 edition. The AMA submitted comments on the proposed rule.
Fight Regulatory Burdens
AMA-inspired changes to office visit reporting will save the typical office-based physician 180 hours of documentation each year.