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Top 15 Challenges Facing Physicians in 2015 (Medical Economics)

From ICD-10 implementation to administrative burdens, from MOC to reimbursement problems, and of course, independence vs. employment, Medical Economics has compiled a list of the Top 15 challenges facing physicians in the New Year: “Physicians will have to face some tough obstacles in the coming year. These include the increased costs of operating a practice, […]

Insurers’ Listings of In-Network Doctors Often Out of Date (The Wall Street Journal)

Insurers’ Listings of In-Network Doctors Often Out of Date Some Physicians Dropped by UnitedHealth Last Year Find They Are Still in Its 2015 Provider Lists     By MELINDA BECK Updated Nov. 25, 2014 5:28 p.m. ET Many insurers are offering smaller networks of doctors in their Medicare Advantage and commercial health plans this year. […]

AMA submits meaningful-use recommendations to HHS

Text of AMA letter In an Oct. 14 letter, the AMA submitted recommendations to the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The four chief changes the 31-page letter outlines are: 1. Adopting a more flexible approach for meeting meaningful use. Among the components the letter […]

AMA adopts principles for maintenance of certification

(from the AMA Wire) At the AMA Interim Meeting Nov. 10, physicians voted to update the AMA’s policy on maintenance of certification (MOC). The adopted policy outlines principles that emphasize the need for an evidence-based process that is evaluated regularly to ensure physician needs are being met and activities are relevant to clinical practice. The […]

New System Helps Reduce Errors at Shift Changes

Improved communication among health-care providers during shift changes reduced injuries due to medical errors by 30 percent, according to a federally funded, multicenter study involving St. Louis Children’s Hospital and eight other academic medical centers in the U.S. and Canada. Tracking a group of pediatric residents, the research found that an intensive three-hour training program […]

Less Than Half of Doctors in Insurance Directories May Be Available (Reuters Health)

Less than half of doctors in insurance directories may be available Wed, Oct 29 17:23 PM EDT By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – More than half the dermatologists in Medicare Advantage plan directories were either dead, retired, not accepting new patients or specialized only in specific conditions, researchers found when they tried making appointments. […]

Check the AMA Ebola Resource Center for Complete Updates

The AMA has established an Ebola Resource Center on its website. Check often for updates. Also monitor the AMA Wire Ebola section for the latest news. This content is free and available to all regardless of whether you are an AMA member. The AMA Ebola Resource Center includes sections with links to many additional resources on […]

CDC gives physicians guidance on Ebola screening

Important news from the AMA Wire: Following detection of the first case of the Ebola virus in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) are asking physicians to place screening criteria in […]

New physician compensation model at Mercy (Post-Dispatch)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 26: New pay model leads some physicians to leave Mercy Read full article Mercy Health has adopted a new compensation model for physicians, but some doctors are unwilling to sign the new contracts. Mercy executives report the new pay structure is an effort to standardize compensation for all 2,100 Mercy-employed physicians […]

Business Health Coalition Releases Report on Outpatient Care

The St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition has released Volume 2 of the 2014 St. Louis Health Care Industry Overview, which is focused on outpatient care.   A few highlights from Volume 2: • The number of St. Louis area primary care providers with National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (NCQA PCMH) […]

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