Physicians key to cutting stigma of opioid addiction
Patients who struggle with a substance use disorder deserve stigma-free access to care similar to that available for other patients with chronic disease. This was the message conveyed by Patrice A. Harris, MD, chair of the AMA Board of Trustees, last week at an interdisciplinary symposium on opioids at Northwestern University ’s Pritzker School of Law. Though physician efforts have begun to change the landscape of the opioid epidemic, vigilance is still required to ensure patients with chronic pain maintain access to treatment they need. Between 2013 and 2015, the number of  prescriptions dispensed nationwide f...
Source: AMA Wire - October 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Jef Capaldi Source Type: news

Nuanced approach needed to assure senior physician competency
The growing number of seniors in the physician workforce and increasing expectations for physician accountability are bringing attention to the question of whether age-based competency screening may be necessary to assure safe and effective practice. A recent article in theJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP) notes several challenges to establishing a national screening standard. These include designing an evidence-based screening process, determining the appropriate body to administer the screening and striking the right balance between patient protection and fairness to senior physicians. Th...
Source: AMA Wire - October 25, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Rising teen obesity rate sparks push for healthier schools
The overall childhood obesity rate has been stable over the past decade, but obesity among the nation ’s teens is still on the rise. A recent report calls for early-childhood and school-based policies and programs to accelerate the progress in helping kids achieve and maintain healthy weights. About 17 percent of the nation ’s children are obese, a rate that has held steady the past 10 years, according to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, ” a 143-page report issued by the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health. When data is broken down by age groups, each grou...
Source: AMA Wire - October 25, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Identifying superbugs: HHS offers $20 million for faster tests
Antibiotic resistance is reaching dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, making infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and blood poisoning more difficult —and sometimes impossible—to treat. To combat this global epidemic and help health care teams more quickly diagnose patients with infections, two agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a prize competition for new rapid, point-of-care laboratory diag nostic tests for drug-resistant bacteria. TheAntimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challengewill award $20 million in prizes from the National Institute...
Source: AMA Wire - October 24, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Med school lends an ear to those at risk of suicide
Educating patients, identifying those at high risk for disease and taking preventive action are key parts of physician practice. Those methods also are proving essential to one medical school ’s efforts to spot depression and thwart suicide. The University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine’sHealer Education Assessment and Referral (HEAR) program helps spot people at risk of suicide and depression through self-assessment and offers access to counseling for UCSD medical students, residents, fellows and faculty. Sobering statistics tell the tale of why such an effort is needed, as thesuicide rate ...
Source: AMA Wire - October 22, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Podcast series explores new Medicare quality program, pay models
The Quality Payment Program (QPP) starts in January, so physicians still have time to educate themselves and prepare for its implementation. A podcast series produced by ReachMD in collaboration with the AMA features interviews with industry experts and physician leaders who take doctors “Inside Medicare ’s New Payment System. ” The series delves into key aspects of the program and provides tips on what physicians can do now to get ready. Several podcasts will be added as the experts learn more about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ’ (CMS)final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Re...
Source: AMA Wire - October 21, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Physician voice shapes Medicare pay reform final rule
An AMA Viewpoints post by AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD With the issuance of its final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has created a new Medicare payment system called the Quality Payment Program (QPP). CMS issued itsfinal rule last week and our initial review shows Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt was true to his comments, first made in January, thatCMS would be listening to physicians as development progressed. I would like to thank him for being a sincere partner during the process. Throughcomment letters and conversations with CMS...
Source: AMA Wire - October 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

PDMP access among residency-related proposals at 2016 Interim Meeting
The upcoming AMA 2016 Interim Meeting will see several resolutions up for consideration that could affect graduate medical education (GME) training programs. Learn about three of these GME-related proposals and how you can get involved in shaping them ahead of the meeting. At the2016 AMA Interim Meeting which runs Nov. 12-15 in Orlando, Fla., the AMA House of Delegates will consider proposals that address key issues encompassing the breadth of U.S. medicine. Here are three resolutions that could affect residency:Universal prescriber access to prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP).Resident and fellow physicians mad...
Source: AMA Wire - October 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Hotspotting: 10 steps to help patients hospitalized most
As a rule, health care systems are designed to work for the typical patient. Yet it ’s well known that a small proportion of patients with complex, hard-to-manage needs and chronic conditions drives much of the cost in U.S. health care. So what’s being done to change this at the community level? One technique identifies these outliers individually, maps the constellation of pro blems they encounter, organizes resources around their needs and designs interventions to improve their care. The approach, dubbed hotspotting, aims to fashion a system of multidisciplinary, coordinated care that in large part seeks to ...
Source: AMA Wire - October 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

How three boards are changing MOC Part III
The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part III examination process is experiencing changes within the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) specialty boards. Though some board-certified physicians are satisfied with their current MOC process, several boards have responded to physician concerns by making meaningful changes to learning and assessment that are transforming the way physicians stay up on the constantly evolving medical landscape. The American Board of Anesthesiology has recently initiated apilot —the MOCA Minute™ program—that could ultimately change their MOC examination process. The ...
Source: AMA Wire - October 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Weigh in on pressing health care issues by November 7
How do you think the practice of medicine should be improved in the United States? Share your thoughts on important health care topics —and have a chance to shape AMA policy—via theAMA Online Member Forums. They ’re open in advance of the2016 AMA Interim Meeting, taking place Nov. 12-15 in Orlando. The forums will be open until the start of the meeting, but comments posted after Nov. 7 may not be captured in the summaries shared with reference committee members. Online forums allow AMA members to weigh in onkey policy issues facing medicine at the convenience of their own schedules. By participating in ...
Source: AMA Wire - October 17, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

5 things to know about HIPAA and cloud computing
Protecting patients ’ health information is critical to the future of data collection that informs population health. But how can physicians make sure they are in compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations when using cloud computing? The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently issuedguidance on HIPAA and cloud computing that confirms cloud services providers (CSP) are business associates under HIPAA. If you are currently using a CSP or are planning to soon, the guidance offers detailed direction on the nature of cloud computing, busi...
Source: AMA Wire - October 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Hotspotting: 10 steps to help patients who are hospitalized most
As a rule, health care systems are designed to work for the average patient. Yet it ’s well-known that a small proportion of patients with complex, hard-to-manage needs and chronic conditions drives much of the cost in American health care. So what’s being done to change this at the community level? One technique identifies these outliers individually, maps the constellation of problems they encounter, organizes resources around their needs and designs interventions to improve their care. Hotspotting is a movement toward a system of multi-disciplinary, coordinated care that seeks to meet patient needs in large...
Source: AMA Wire - October 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

CMS finalizes historic Medicare reform law
Afinal rule released today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) details the final regulations for implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the historic Medicare reform law that repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula last year. The AMA will now pore over and dissect the final regulations in the coming days to make sure you know exactly what the rule contains and how it will impact your practice.What we know already CMS made some significant changes in the proposed rule issued last spring, demonstrating that they took physician input into consideration, anno...
Source: AMA Wire - October 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

3 ways to get ahead financially even if you're not an expert
Younger physicians can struggle to adequately prioritize saving for retirement, as starting a family and servicing student loans may seem more urgent. But simple strategies like “paying” one’s retirement first can provide budgeting clarity and reduce much of the stress of juggling life goals. A new report notes the complex financial needs of physicians and provides concrete advice to help you get ahead of schedule in preparing for life after practice. It ’s well known that physicians have unique personal finance needs. They start their careers eight to 10 years later than many other professionals, ...
Source: AMA Wire - October 13, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Recognize the positive when changing your practice
When undertaking organizational change, focusing only on what is wrong in your practice can create a negative atmosphere. But taking the time to recognize what is positive in your practice can help your care team see more clearly what gives life, vitality and joy to their daily work —and make sure those aspects remain.“Appreciative inquiry”—developed at Case Western University in the 1980s—is an approach to change that identifies and builds on what is already working well in an organization to move a practice toward positive change. It uses unconditional positive questions to identify what is ...
Source: AMA Wire - October 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Error-reporting confidentiality threatened in court
A case before the Supreme Court of Iowa holds the confidentiality of peer-review materials in the balance. Will the court uphold an Iowa statute meant to maintain confidentiality of such documents in order to reduce error leading to morbidity and mortality and improve public health?What happened in Iowa At stake inWillard v. State of Iowa is whether the Iowa Morbidity and Mortality Study Law (MMSL), a type of peer-review statute meant to keep peer-review information and materials confidential, created a privilege against legal discovery of a hospital ’s patient safety network incident report (PSN) and related docume...
Source: AMA Wire - October 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Payment model proposal process for MACRA begins
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) established the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) to make recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on physician-focused payment models (PFPM) —and the PTAC is now preparing to accept proposal submissions. HHS is required by MACRA to establish criteria for PFPMs and to respond to the recommendations of the PTAC. Individual physicians and stakeholder entities can now profess intent to submit their proposed models to the PTAC for consideration. The PTAC will evaluate whether or not eac...
Source: AMA Wire - October 11, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Court case tests New York City sodium warnings rule
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) recently adopted a rule requiring larger restaurant chains to post icons on their menus warning patrons of dishes that contain more than the US government ’s daily limit for sodium. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) sued to block the rule and lost, but it now seeks to reverse the state supreme court’s decision. Besides the millions of vulnerable New Yorkers who are in need of the warnings, the case has implications for medical and public h ealth organizations nationwide.What happened in New York The NYC DOHMH adopted the rule in resp...
Source: AMA Wire - October 11, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

From Zika to gun violence, CME sessions at 2016 Interim Meeting
Numerous continuing medical education (CME) courses will be available for credit at the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting in Orlando this November. Among the hot topics: gun violence, the Zika virus and physician burnout. This year ’s meeting features expert speakers from public health organizations, physician practices and government agencies. Education sessions and forums sponsored by AMA sections and special groups are open to all members and many offer CME credit, including:Emerging issues in medical staff affairs: 8-9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11 This session will provide an overview of trends and tips on how medical staffs ...
Source: AMA Wire - October 11, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Health professionals with disabilities: Ethics and progress
Though nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population has a disability, health professionals and medical students with disabilities still encounter roadblocks throughout training and their careers. What are the ethical considerations that could initiate progress for health professionals and medical students with disabilities? Take a moment and consider this situation: An elderly and esteemed surgeon needs assistance to safely complete his or her cases. How should his or her colleagues respond? A.     Report the surgeon to the licensure board B.     Bring the issue to the attention of the departme...
Source: AMA Wire - October 7, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Med students plunge into ACOs, patient-centered medical homes
Medical schools are enhancing students ’ experiences by embedding them into patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations (ACO)—two care models changing health care delivery. Explore the work some schools are doing with the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. Immersing students in these care models is part of the schools ’ work with the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. The consortium, working to modernize and reshape the way physicians are trained, brings leaders form schools together to share ideas and experiences...
Source: AMA Wire - October 7, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

The “structure” of the medical school of the future
With the advent of dramatic changes in how medicine is taught —from active learning to interprofessional education—medical schools are now rethinking the design of their buildings and classrooms as well. Learn how the University of North Dakota (UND) approached building the medical school of the future for its new School of Medicine& Health Sciences (SMHS), completed this summer. UND SMHS started its patient-centered learning curriculum nearly 20 years ago. The school has had a required course in interprofessional education (IPE) since 2006, and in 2012 it added team-based learning to the curriculum.&ldquo...
Source: AMA Wire - October 6, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

The physician of the future: More like da Vinci
Which skills and qualities should typify the physician of the future? Answering this question is crucial for medical schools, especially given the many forces acting on medical education, including health care funding, the impact of technology and evolving patient users. According to one expert, the answer is clear but also complex: The physician of the future will need to be a little bit of everything. Meg Gaines, JD, LLM, is a distinguished clinical professor of law at the University of Wisconsin –Madison. She is also a co-founder ofThe Center for Patient Partnerships, which trains students from the schools of Law...
Source: AMA Wire - October 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Preparing for upcoming Medicare changes? Tools to help your practice
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is slated to release its Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule by Nov. 1. While the program does not affect Medicare payments until 2019, physicians need to prepare for the changes now. To help your practice prepare for this historic change, the AMA has been developing a collection of valuable online tools and resources. The newAMA Payment Model Evaluator helps you determine how MACRA will impact your practice. After answering questions and following the steps —which should take ten minutes or less—you’ll receive a brief asses...
Source: AMA Wire - October 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Accreditor lays out plan for resident well-being
Dr. Brigham started with Lewin ’s equation:B = f(P,  E). It states that behavior is a function of a person and his or her environment. He then pointed to its implications for physicians and physician well-being. “Think about what we expose our residents to: death and dying, other people’s secrets, other people’s sickness, depression and anxiety. But it’s not all depressing.” Timothy Brigham, MDiv, PhD, chief of staff and senior vice president in the Department of Education at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), was speaking to representatives...
Source: AMA Wire - October 4, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Finding tech passion in an unlikely place
With many gains in health information technology over the past decade, newly appointed National Coordinator for Health IT Vindell Washington, MD, took time at Health 2.0 last week to describe his first experience with health technology, what it means for the health care community and new tools for physicians and entrepreneurs. Dr. Washington found his passion for health care technology as a captain in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Haiti leading the emergency department in the 28th combat support hospital when a patient presented with “a fever, a rash, a really unusual constellation of symptoms,” he said. ...
Source: AMA Wire - October 4, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Reports show 2017 Medicare payment adjustments
Two new reports are now available with information on 2015 cost and quality data that indicate which physicians or practices will see related Medicare payment adjustments in 2017. The 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR) were released on Sept. 26. The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) began mailing 2015 PQRS penalty letters to physicians on that date as well.What ’s in the reports A penalty letter is your notification that you are scheduled to receive a two percent penalty in 2017 based on 2015 PQRS reporting. Letters...
Source: AMA Wire - October 3, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Health care and population health: A team sport
In conclusion, the past is prologue. We can do better. We can put joy back in medicine. Our first class of medical students, they’re the most excited people. They’re not burned out. So let’s not burn them out.”By AMA staff writer Tim Smith (Source: AMA Wire)
Source: AMA Wire - October 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Patient-first technology: Improving care for the chronically ill
Prevention is one of the most important aspects of health care, but what about those patients who already have serious chronic illnesses that do not have a cure? Harvey Fineberg, MD, president of the  Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, spoke last week at Health 2.0 in Silicon Valley reminding entrepreneurs that we need to develop solutions for patients with chronic illnesses to live happier, more comfortable lives.   Since his time as President of the Institute of Medicine from 2002 to 2014, Dr. Fineberg said he ’s been working toward understanding where and how a patient-centered health system is possible...
Source: AMA Wire - October 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Get the new Code of Medical Ethics commemorative edition
The AMA ’sCode of Medical Ethics is regularly cited as the medical profession's authoritative voice in legal opinions and in scholarly journals. The updatedCodeis the culmination of an eight-year project to modernize ethical guidance  for relevance, clarity and consistency, and it represents the first comprehensive review of theCode in more than half a century. To mark this important chapter in the history of theCode, the AMA is offering a special commemorative edition. This collectible features: A black, bonded leather cover with silver embossing Full-color end sheets Decorative black-and-white headband ...
Source: AMA Wire - September 30, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Test your USMLE Step 2 readiness with this most-missed question
The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) Step 2 is a major measure of any medical student’s clinical knowledge, soAMA Wire® is providing frequent expert insights to help you prepare for it. Take a few minutes here to work through another of the most-missed USMLE Step 2 test prep questions and view an expert video explanation of the answer from Kaplan Medical. Once you ’ve got this question under your belt, be sure to test your knowledge with other posts in this series. Ready. Set. Go.This month ’s question that stumped most students: A 54-year-old woman comes to the p...
Source: AMA Wire - September 29, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

New tool for recognizing physician distress, preventing suicide
  Physicians die by their own hands at much higher rates than do members of the general public —40 percent higher in males and 130 percent higher in females—so recognizing and responding to physician distress is crucial. Physicians themselves are uniquely positioned to do this for their colleagues, but many are uncomfortable intervening and unsure what steps to take if they do get involve d. A new resource offers guidance in successfully identifying distressed colleagues and helping them get the care they need. Risk factors for physicians may be similar to those for the general public, but many physician...
Source: AMA Wire - September 29, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

5 tips to start and grow a happy family during residency
Residency often coincides with the time when many young physicians would like to start families, but undertaking these two life events simultaneously can be daunting. A third-year family medicine resident with three young children recently shared her tips for making it work with minimal stress. When Chelsea Slade, MD, and her husband began talking about having kids, she was in medical school and he was in law school, and they decided it would be best to hold off on starting a family until after her residency. But as his third year of law school progressed with no job offer, their plans shifted. He agreed to stay home so t...
Source: AMA Wire - September 29, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Self-regulation key to the future of health care tech
There are tools that work and there are tools that do not, but it ’s important for the health care industry to decide what is required of these technologies for the future. And that means patients, physicians and developers working together. AMA Chief Executive Officer James L. Madara, MD, sat down with Matthew Holt of Health 2.0 at the annual conference yesterd ay to discuss the future of health care technology. On center-stage during the first day of the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Matthew Holt, co-chairman of Health 2.0, asked Dr. Madara about his past comments on digital health tools and what n...
Source: AMA Wire - September 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Overcoming gender obstacles in medicine
A lack of women in leadership positions, a gender pay gap, stereotypes and self-confidence all play a role in gender inequality in medicine. At the inaugural Women in Medicine Symposium, Vineet Arora, MD, detailed these issues and discussed how women could be more empowered in the medical field. Dr. Arora has spent most of her career in academic medicine and is currently assistant dean for Scholarship and Discovery at the University of Chicago. Because there is good data, she said, academic medicine is a great lens to track women in medicine. The data and results of many studies prove there are specific obstacles that wom...
Source: AMA Wire - September 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Obesity rates fall in 4 states, but overall rates remain high
Adult obesity rates decreased in four states, according to a new annual study. But with obesity increasing nationwide, there ’s still a lot of work to be done so that millions of Americans aren’t at an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.A few signs of change There ’s a glimmer of good news on the adult obesity front this year: Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio saw rates decline between 2014 and 2015, according to the newly release study,The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. With the exception of a decline in Washington, D.C., in 2010, this is the first time in the ...
Source: AMA Wire - September 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Test your readiness with this month ’s USMLE Step 1 stumper
The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) Step 1 exam is often the first major test of a medical student’s knowledge, and some of its questions are missed by all but a select few highly prepared test takers. Check out this month’s question that Kaplan Medical says stumps most students, and view an expert video explanation o f the answer. Welcome to this month ’s installment of the AMA Wire® series, Tutor talk: Tips from Kaplan Medical on the most missed USMLE test prep questions from Kaplan’s Qbank: Step 1. Each month,AMA Wire ®reveals questions many physicians...
Source: AMA Wire - September 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Physicians demand more of digital tools, yet remain optimistic
Physician enthusiasm about digital health innovation requires a few “must haves” to turn that enthusiasm into adoption of digital tools in clinical practice. A new AMA survey shows that physician optimism toward digital health products is present across all ages, but the tools must be beneficial to clinical practice and not a burden. One way to make sure the too ls are effective in practice is to get physicians involved in their development. The AMAdigital health survey asked 1,300 physicians about their motivations and requirements for integrating digital health tools in their practices. Conducted by Kantar T...
Source: AMA Wire - September 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Rethinking how race contributes to a patient ’s health
Physicians have been trained to think about race as a demographic factor that may influence a patient ’s health, but understanding how race influences health is evolving. One medical school is attempting to expand the way future physicians think about race in the exam room. Jennifer Tsai and Bryan Leyva, medical students at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, shared how students at their school succeeded in changing how race is addressed in their curriculum in a presentation titled, “Moving past diversity toward decolonization: Bringing critical race theory to the Warren Alpert Medical School of ...
Source: AMA Wire - September 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

How physician input is changing MOC
With Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in its second decade, many changes are underway. Through conversations between physicians and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), these changes are intended to make the MOC process, including the Part III examination, more relevant to clinical practice and less burdensome.   In recent years, the AMA ’s Council on Medical Education (Council) has developed a constructive working relationship with the ABMS on these issues. Council work has been effective in contributing to moving the Boards to consider alternatives to high-stakes testing and other changes in MO...
Source: AMA Wire - September 23, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

New tool identifies short-term volunteer and paid opportunities
A new interactive tool provides physicians interested in volunteering or working outside of their normal practice settings with short-term opportunities in the field of medicine. ThePhysician Opportunities Portal, launched today by the AMA, enables physicians to quickly and easily identify opportunities to add stability and longevity to their careers and increase joy in practice by giving back. The Portal features many opportunities, including: Consulting Legal expert Locum tenens Emergency and safety Health and wellness AMA opportunities Users may search by location, start date and even time of day. The Port...
Source: AMA Wire - September 22, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Redesigning the Gas Lounge: How residents changed their space
Anesthesiology residents at Stanford used to spend their few precious moments of relaxation in a lounge that looked like a dirty apartment. With a low-budget, resident-led plan, they found the funds and redesigned the anesthesiology lounge —known as the “Gas Lounge”—into a space that is clean, calm and where they would actually want to eat and sleep.  The Gas Lounge " before " Physicians spend a large portion of their lives at work and most of the time they get to actually relax is in the on-call room. Adam Was, MD, a fifth-year resident in the combined pediatrics and anesthesia...
Source: AMA Wire - September 22, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

New analyses support blocking pending insurance mergers
Two analyses released today demonstrate further that the proposed Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana health insurance mergers would exceed federal antitrust guidelines designed to preserve competition and jeopardize patient access to affordable coverage and care. The analyses are based on data from the 15th edition ofCompetition in Insurance: A Comprehensive Study of U.S. Markets, published today by the AMA, which continues to find the majority of commercial health insurance markets in the United States are highly concentrated. High market concentration can lead to enhanced market power by health insurers on physicians and pa...
Source: AMA Wire - September 21, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

When good work is acknowledged, we aspire to work harder
An AMA Viewpoints post by AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD In a time of unprecedented change in medicine, the AMA has evolved to become a more nimble, responsive and forward-thinking organization that better prepares physicians for the unique challenges of a rapidly evolving health care system, according to an independent study being released this week. Such change is seldom quick or easy, and far too often we fail to pause and reflect on just how far this organization has come. The international public affairs and communications firm, APCO Worldwide, this week ranked the AMA first in its annualTradeMarks survey of the...
Source: AMA Wire - September 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Michigan students launch peer-reviewed medical journal
A University of Michigan Medical School student, Sagar Deshpande, noticed a trend emerging in the student experience. He heard colleagues repeatedly voicing frustration at having spent time on methodologically sound research without getting their work published because their results were not what principal investigators had expected. So he had an idea: Why not start a medical journal run by students, for students ’ own research? Deshpande shared the idea with a fellow student, Spencer Lewis, and in 2014 the two approached a faculty member, Mike Englesbe, MD, in the Department of Surgery.“I immediately apprecia...
Source: AMA Wire - September 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Building emotional intelligence in medical trainees
Medical schools around the world are working to help students develop resilience to not only make them better physicians but also healthier individuals. At Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, they are accomplishing this with a new program that focuses on building emotional intelligence. At theInternational Conference on Physician Health ™ in Boston, Debbie Cohen, MD, OBE, an occupation health physician and director of student support at the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, explained the theory behind Cardiff ’s emotional intelligence development...
Source: AMA Wire - September 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Get the CPT ® 2017 Standard edition
TheCPT ® 2017 Standardcodebook helps professionals remain compliant with annual Current Procedural Terminology code set changes. This is the AMA's official coding resource for procedural coding, rules and guidelines, which can help readers perform accurate claims submissions. It is designed to help improve CPT ® code competency and assist professionals in complying with current CPT® code changes, enabling them to submit accurate procedural claims. The CPT ® Standard codebook covers hundreds of code, guideline and text changes and features the following enhancements:A comprehensive and updated index helps ...
Source: AMA Wire - September 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Five ways to recognize patient cues, understand needs
When physicians show true empathy while listening to their patients in the exam room, patients and their families are often more satisfied and more open to adopting their advice —and it builds a much stronger patient-physician relationship. Though it seems simple, empathetic listening requires understanding how to recognize the cues that patients offer. Practicing empathy can save time and help physicians navigate difficult situations that arise in practice. It can also forge deeper connections with patients that lead to greater professional satisfaction and joy in work for physicians.Listening with empathy, recogni...
Source: AMA Wire - September 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Being in attendance: Where medicine and meditation merge
In a hospital setting, physicians are often called “attendings.” One expert in the merging of meditation and medicine recently spoke to physicians about the importance of making that word matter by being in attendance at each moment of the day to heal and maintain your own well-being so that you can be a better healer for your patients. At the start of a session at the International Conference on Physician Health in Boston, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, professor of medicine emeritus and creator of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the ...
Source: AMA Wire - September 19, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news