Top 12 stories from 2015 every med student should read
Medical students have been incredibly busy in 2015, and AMA Wire® has the headlines to prove it. Look back at some of the top student news this year, covering topics from why some medical students aren’t matching to expert strategies for acing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE®). 1.    5 things students overlook when choosing a specialty. Deciding on a specialty is one of the most crucial decisions a medical student will ever make, but how do you know what to practice before you even practice it? One med ed expert shared his top advice on how students can make an informed deci...
Source: AMA Wire - December 7, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Overcoming barriers to new models of care
Physicians are looking to new models of care delivery and payment as a proven means of keeping patients healthier and reducing health care costs. Recent legislation opens the door for new models, and provides funding to physicians who adopt them. But two key barriers still need to be broken down. Changing the way care is delivered and paid for could better enable physicians and their care teams to help keep patients from developing preventable health problems, avoid unnecessary tests and better manage health conditions to prevent hospitalizations, complications or infections. The recently adopted Medicare Access and CH...
Source: AMA Wire - December 7, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Experts explain how to end opioid overdose epidemic
The nation has seen a four-fold increase in opioid deaths in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—and physicians stand on the front lines of this national health crisis. During the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting, physician experts recently discussed actions you can take now to help combat the opioid epidemic and improve patient care. Rethinking prescribing practices, effectively using PDMPs CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, was among a panel of experts who offered actionable solutions to help curb the nation’s high rate of opioid overdoses. He noted that the rise in opi...
Source: AMA Wire - December 4, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Lyndra Vassar Source Type: news

The ethical demands of 21st-century clinical research
This article explores how physicians can work together to advance these protections in the 21st century. “Expanded access to new drugs: What physicians and the public need to know about FDA and corporate processes.” Existing treatments don’t cure some patients’ illnesses. When this happens, physicians can help patients get access to investigational drugs through the expanded access process. This article investigates what changes to this process mean for patient care. “Patient-physician relationships and research on medical practice: Do OHRP guidelines help?” Boundaries between cl...
Source: AMA Wire - December 4, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Key advice for students who are ready to turn med ed on its head
If you were to design the med school of the future, what would it look like? A special challenge with cash prizes gives medical students a chance through Dec. 11 to share their bold project ideas to transform physician training. AMA Wire checked in with Susan Skochelak, MD (pictured right), AMA group vice president of medical education. Here’s what she says students should know about this exciting opportunity. AMA Wire: Why did the AMA decide to launch this student challenge? Dr. Skochelak: Medical students have an important and unique perspective on how medical education works and how it doesn’t. We want me...
Source: AMA Wire - December 3, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Lyndra Vassar Source Type: news

What patients really want--and why it’s important for their health
Getting patients to make healthy lifestyle choices ranks high on every physician’s professional wish list. But realistically accomplishing this goal, especially in a fast-paced health care setting, requires care teams to zero in on what really matters to patients. Thomas Lee, MD (pictured right), explained at TEDMED 2015 that the best place for physicians to start is building a shared sense of trust and empathy with their patients. Here’s why Dr. Lee says a clear understanding of “patient suffering” can help improve care delivery and unlock the key to successful relationships. Meeting patient ne...
Source: AMA Wire - December 3, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Lyndra Vassar Source Type: news

Court decides: Is patient safety information protected?
A Florida district court of appeal considered whether patient safety information is protected from disclosure under a federal act in a medical liability case against a hospital and its physicians. What was at stake In Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc. v. Charles, a trial court had ordered the hospital to produce medical documents that were being used for patient safety and quality improvement efforts. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA) offers physicians and hospitals a way to share medical information used for quality improvement through a patient safety organization (PSO). Under ...
Source: AMA Wire - December 2, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

Wikipedia meets medical research? Rise of the online journal club
Wikipedia-style journal clubs are building collaborative channels for physicians to stay current on the latest research in their fields. Imagine enjoying the lively conversation, informative clinical studies and evidence-based research of an innovative medical conference but without the costly registration or travel fees. Sound like your kind of scene? Here are five key benefits to look for if you’re planning to join an online journal club. The Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) recently published a series of articles discussing the benefits of online journal clubs, which have empowered physicians to use ...
Source: AMA Wire - December 2, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Lyndra Vassar Source Type: news

File by Dec. 16 to avoid Medicare pay cut of 2-4 percent
Practices that may have thought they were safe from Medicare payment penalties next year could be in for an unpleasant surprise if they don’t take action now. Problems with how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been collecting and analyzing data related to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the value-based payment modifier are leading to inappropriate penalties of 2-4 percent of Medicare payments for thousands of physicians. Estimates place the number of those who will see a payment cut at no less than one-quarter of Medicare participating physicians—and that figure i...
Source: AMA Wire - December 2, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

3 things to consider when selecting an EHR
Electronic health records (EHR) are commonplace in physician practices now, but physicians know they haven’t always made it easier to practice medicine or provide high-quality care. A free online module in the AMA’s STEPS Forward collection can help you prioritize the needs of your patients and your practice to make the best EHR choice. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to EHR adoption, but there are things you can consider before you make your selection. Assess the needs of your practice to determine the most important and relevant characteristics you need in an EHR sys...
Source: AMA Wire - December 2, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Court decides whether insurers can be sued for underpaid claims
The ruling of a U.S. court of appeal last month weighed whether physicians who are assigned insurance policy benefits have the right to bring lawsuits against insurers that fail to pay correctly for medically necessary services provided to covered patients. The decision was a victory for physicians and patients. The appeals court concluded that an assignment of the right to payment is sufficient to confer standing to sue under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). In so doing, it resolves several conflicting lower court rulings. The trial court decision: Easy assignment to ERISA claims denied T...
Source: AMA Wire - November 30, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Make waves in the political world: AMPAC shows you how
Physicians, residents and students who have political aspirations or want to actively influence health care policy can learn how with help from AMPAC, the AMA’s bipartisan political action committee. Whether it’s running for public office or campaigning for a candidate who supports issues that are important to medicine, AMPAC offers programs to help physicians and doctors in training enter the political world. A curriculum for a successful candidacy Making the leap from the exam room to the campaign trail is not an easy task. For AMA members, their spouses, medical students and residents, and state medical ...
Source: AMA Wire - November 25, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

This month’s most missed USMLE question--and the right answer
As you prepare for the United States Medical Licensing Exam® (USMLE®), do you know which questions to look out for? We’re giving you an exclusive scoop on the most challenging USMLE test prep questions and expert strategies to help you beat them. Find out what this month’s toughest question is and receive an expert video explanation of the answer from Kaplan Medical. Welcome to the third post in AMA Wire’s® series, “Tutor talk: Tips from Kaplan Medical on the most missed USMLE test prep questions.” Each month, we’re revealing one of the top questions stu...
Source: AMA Wire - November 25, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Court case puts patient privacy in peril
What happens to physician-patient confidentiality when any government agency can obtain a patient’s prescription records without a warrant? A case before a state supreme court threatens to keep these indiscriminant lines of investigation wide open. Lewis v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, a case before the Supreme Court of the State of California, calls into question whether or not the California Medical Board infringed upon patients’ constitutional right to privacy when it obtained prescription data without a showing of good cause. The board did so through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) dat...
Source: AMA Wire - November 24, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: amamod Source Type: news

The difficult science you might not know--but should
An AMA Viewpoints post by AMA Board of Trustees Chair Stephen R. Permut, MD As a future physician, you’ll be pulled in many directions. Your medical skills will be tested, you’ll need to think on your feet, and you’ll need to make decisions that will affect your patients’ well-being and health outcomes. But how will you know whether you’re making the right decisions? To be a successful physician in practice, you’ll need to not only master clinical skills but also embrace a challenging science that only recently began making its way into physician training. The imperative to deliver...
Source: AMA Wire - November 24, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

10 principles to improve care for Medicare patients
As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) prepares to implement new delivery and payment models and a streamlined incentive program, physicians took the lead in outlining principles that should govern these Medicare reforms. More than 100 state and specialty medical associations joined the AMA in signing a letter (log in) sent Monday to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that recommends 10 principles to guide the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the Medicare reform law that repealed the sustainable growth rate formula. In particular, the rec...
Source: AMA Wire - November 20, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Why positive emotions may be the next big predictor of health
What if joy or amusement could improve your health—would you smile more today? That’s precisely the question psychology researcher, Jennifer Stellar, PhD, has explored in her work. The University of Toronto postdoctoral fellow recently presented her research at TEDMED 2015. Learn about her evidence-based approach to exploring human emotions and why our feelings may have a greater impact on our well-being than we expect. Measuring positive emotions and health To determine whether emotions impact health, Stellar launched two studies in which she measured students’ levels of proinflammatory cytokines, wh...
Source: AMA Wire - November 20, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

How creative thinking spurred a global public health solution
When the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked maverick engineer Peter Janicki to clean up sewage wastelands in developing countries, he swore the problem was impossible to solve. Then something happened—he traveled abroad and discovered new ways to conceptualize sanitation, which led to a groundbreaking invention that turns tons of sewage into clean, drinkable water. Janicki recently discussed at TEDMED 2015 why the way we think is always the most important aspect of problem-solving. Expanding the scope of the problem After accepting the sanitation assignment, Janicki travelled throughout Africa and India to ...
Source: AMA Wire - November 20, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

New naloxone product could save thousands of lives
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a nasal spray version of naloxone—the life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose by restoring breathing and preventing death. The approval marks another gain in the effort to curb the opioid overdose epidemic. Narcan® nasal spray, the newly approved version of naloxone, requires no additional assembly and delivers a consistent, measured dose when used correctly. The spray is delivered to an overdose victim through one nostril and can be repeated if necessary. Anyone, including those without medical training, can effectively admin...
Source: AMA Wire - November 19, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Music and medicine: How one cardiologist found peace in song
Being a physician requires a level of altruism unlike that in any other profession. Burying emotions under a facade of heroism—for the sake of treating patients—often becomes a standard in practice, and Suzie Brown, MD, knew such emotional suppression was draining her wellness. So she began writing songs—and they’ve made a difference. The cardiologist-songwriter recently performed at TEDMED2015. Here’s how she says music restored her self-awareness and strengthened her relationships with patients. The “stoic” life of the physician “Just this past Saturday night, I was up...
Source: AMA Wire - November 19, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Lyndra Vassar Source Type: news

AMA urges elimination of nuclear weapons
Citing some of the medical and environmental consequences of nuclear war—no matter how “limited”—the AMA urged the U.S. Department of State to eliminate nuclear weapons and work to reduce nuclear arms in a letter sent earlier this month.   The letter comes just weeks after the World Medical Association updated its statement on nuclear weapons during its General Assembly meeting in Moscow. The AMA is a founding member of the World Medical Association.    Among other actions, the statement condemns the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, deployment, threat a...
Source: AMA Wire - November 18, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

From Rx prices to EHRs: Top stories from the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting
The 2015 AMA Interim Meeting took place this week. Read these highlights from the meeting, and see AMA Wire's® full coverage of the event to learn more. 1.  Moments matter—and physicians must take them back: AMA president AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, spoke from the heart as he discussed the current state of health care in our country. When more and more moments are stolen from physicians, it is the patient who suffers most—and this cannot stand. 2.  Physicians call for fairness in drug prices, availability In response to increasing drug costs impacting patient access to neede...
Source: AMA Wire - November 18, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

Attend to EHRs so we can attend to patients, physicians say
The burden of meaningful use regulations and the associated problems with electronic health record (EHR) technology has plagued physicians for far too long. At the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting, physicians took action with the goal of removing these hindrances to physicians’ ability to provide quality care to patients. EHR interoperability is crucial to certification process Policy was adopted concerning shortcomings in EHR interoperability. The meaningful use program offers powerful financial incentives and disincentives for physicians but does not do so for EHR vendors. Meanwhile, most EHR systems fail to satisfy ph...
Source: AMA Wire - November 17, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

5 things every modern medical practice needs
Medical practices are complex, and there’s no golden rule for achieving the perfect care setting. But physicians can take certain measures to ensure their practices are prepared for evolving technology, increased patient demands and shifting payment models, Bruce Bagley, MD, told a group of physicians at the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting. Here are five things every practice will need to thrive. Dr. Bagley said practices that wish to survive rapid changes in health care and cultivate successful transformation will take these actions: 1.  Develop and adapt organizational models that can grow with your practice. Phy...
Source: AMA Wire - November 17, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Military paramedics are already equipped
New policy adopted Tuesday at the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting calls for support of federal, bipartisan legislation that would expedite and streamline paramedic training for returning veterans who already have received emergency medical training while in the military. Introduced by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the Veterans to Paramedics Transition Act of 2015 would authorize federal grants for universities, colleges, technical schools and state emergency medical services agencies to develop curricula that would help experienced veterans more quickly become eligible for paramedic certification.&nb...
Source: AMA Wire - November 17, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Physicians call for fairness in drug prices, availability
In response to increasing drug costs impacting patient access to needed medications, physicians voted Monday at the 2015 Interim Meeting to convene a task force and launch an advocacy campaign to drive solutions and help make prescription drugs more affordable. Physicians also are calling for greater competition in the pharmaceutical industry and transparency in prescription drug prices and costs. “Prescription drug spending was estimated to have increased by 12.6 percent in 2014, the highest rate of growth in the sector since 2002,” a report by the AMA Council on Medical Service said. “The pricing of p...
Source: AMA Wire - November 17, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Physicians reaffirm commitment to stop insurance mergers
In the face of mergers between major national health insurers, physicians Tuesday during the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting said the medical profession will continue to stand against health insurance market consolidation that enhances health insurer market power, a trend that decreases health care access, quality and affordability.  Adopting new AMA policy, physicians  emphasized the need for active opposition of consolidation in the health insurance industry that may result in anticompetitive markets. “The AMA strongly opposes these mergers as they would erode competition, causing patients and employers to p...
Source: AMA Wire - November 17, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

CDC panel shares solutions to combat antibiotic resistance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 2 million U.S. illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year are caused by antibiotic-resistant infections, and these result in an estimated $20 billion in excess health care costs. Three CDC experts spoke to physicians at the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting about this global health crisis and multifaceted solutions to address it.  Education and communication can curb antibiotic overuse in outpatient settings A major factor in the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant infections is overuse of antibiotics. Trained as a pediatric-emergency medicine physici...
Source: AMA Wire - November 17, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Report points toward path for alternative GME funding
As physicians continue efforts to ensure a sufficient number of medical trainees are able to enter the physician workforce to stave off a predicted physician shortage, a new report takes a look at alternative funding sources for residency programs and offers steps that could be taken to expand existing graduate medical education (GME) programs and create new programs. The report, written by the AMA Council on Medical Education and adopted Monday at the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting, notes that “given the scrutiny Medicare funding of GME has received of late, there may now be a greater prospect of developing a new paymen...
Source: AMA Wire - November 17, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Stopping burnout a top priority for physicians in training
As burnout and suicide continue to plague the medical profession at much higher rates than the general population, the physician community took action Monday at the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting. New policy is aimed at ensuring physicians in training have access to potentially life-saving mental health services. A weighty problem Each year roughly 300-400 U.S. physicians die by suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A frequently cited suicide rate in male physicians is 40 percent higher than in the general male population and 130 percent higher among female physicians than in the general f...
Source: AMA Wire - November 17, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

New program helps develop the skill set every physician needs
Physicians have a strong history of leadership within the community, from the days of house calls to standing as a guiding light in the storm of an epidemic to safely bringing new life into the world. When health concerns arise, the public turns to their doctors for answers. The new Leadership Skills Series provides practical training for practicing physicians. Get involved and improve your ability to lead. The AMA has partnered with the American Association for Physician Leadership® (AAPL) to develop the Leadership Skills Series to assist physicians in both rethinking and transforming their traditional roles, an ...
Source: AMA Wire - November 16, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Looking for employment? 6 principles to consider
A new report looking at physician employment by hospitals and health systems offers six new principles for physicians to consider when evaluating employment opportunities. The principles were recommended in light of changes in the health care environment and recent studies of what drives physician satisfaction in practice.  The report also reaffirmed longstanding AMA policy that supports the freedom of physicians to choose their method of earning a living. Created by the AMA Council on Medical Service, the report notes that there has been a shift toward hospital employment. The AMA’s 2014 Physician Benchmark...
Source: AMA Wire - November 16, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

How Mayo Clinic puts patients at the center of innovation
Entrepreneurs and health IT companies have poured billions of dollars into health innovations, but true innovation requires more than big money and ideas—it takes action and scalable implementation. This is a lesson the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) has mastered. Find out how physicians are creating new solutions to optimize patient care in their communities and homes. “We’re often asked [to explain] our mission at the Center for Innovation, and it’s simply this: To transform the delivery and experiences of health and health care,” CFI Medical Director Douglas Wood, MD (pictured ...
Source: AMA Wire - November 16, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Lyndra Vassar Source Type: news

Get published using these 5 writing and research tips
Publishing papers is more challenging than in previous years—especially as journal editors grapple with high-volume submissions and competitive “impact factor” quotas in medical publishing. But knowing how to carefully think about your research, even before you write it, can help you pen an effective paper that has a greater chance of seeing print. Gear up for a productive writing process with these five tips from a medical publishing maven who understands your perspective. Susan Bates, MD (pictured right), has been published more than 250 times and owns multiple patents. Dr. Bates is the senior clinica...
Source: AMA Wire - November 16, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Lyndra Vassar Source Type: news

What to expect of the new single GME accreditation system
The development of a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) is well underway, and physician leaders expect its full implementation in July 2020. Learn how the unified system should benefit the medical community. Better alignment in GME For the last two years, leaders of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) have made institutional changes—such as electing new members from the AOA and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine to join the ACGME’s board of directors—that will allow all GME progr...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Lyndra Vassar Source Type: news

AMA Academic Physicians Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
AMA policy review, educational sessions and networking opportunities with academic physician colleagues were part of the 2015 Interim Meeting of the Academic Physicians Section (AMA-APS) in Atlanta. Meeting participants—comprising deans and faculty from a wide range of medical schools, graduate medical education programs, and academic health systems nationwide—voiced their opinions and reached decisions on recommendations for several reports and resolutions to be acted upon by delegates at the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD). Issues covered included graduate medical education funding, ac...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA International Medical Graduates Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
On Friday, the International Medical Graduates Section (IMGS) began its 18th year of interim meetings with the 13th annual AMA Research Symposium in collaboration with the Medical Student and Resident and Fellows Sections. The research symposium included several computerized enhancements for judging abstracts and offered live networking and educational opportunities for all participants. Winners selected among the ECFMG certified physicians awaiting residency included: Rupesh Natarajan, MD, Podium for the Clinical Medicine category and Remi Okwechime, MD, Poster for he Improving Health Outcomes category. The IMGS Congr...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA Integrated Physicians Practice Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
The AMA Integrated Physicians Practice Section held its interim meeting on Friday, chaired by Thomas Eppes, Jr., MD, Central Virginia Family Physicians. The meeting consisted of a two-part education program focusing on the changing health care business and compensation model. Part I featured Bruce Hamory, MD, Oliver Wyman; Susan Turney, MD, Marshfield Clinic; and Nayarana Murali, MD, Marshfield Clinic. Part II was presented in cooperation with the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and featured Tom Dobosenski, AMGA; Rick Bone, MD, Advocate Health Care; and Lisa Blake, MD, Compass IPA. The IPPS aspires to create ...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA LGBT Advisory Committee: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
The AMA Advisory Committee on LGBT Issues conducted a member open forum during its committee meeting on Thursday. Many topics were discussed including, creation of special interest groups, medical school LGBT curriculum, mentoring and specific advice for LGBT medical students' regarding the Match. The following evening, the advisory committee hosted an engaging and lively LGBT & allies caucus and reception. All attendees were captivated by longtime AMA member and Physician General of Pennsylvania, Rachel Levine, MD. Dr. Levine detailed her historic ascent as the first state physician genera...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA Minority Affairs Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
On Friday, a group of 50 physician and medical student volunteers from the AMA Minority Affairs Section (AMA-MAS) and the Medical Student Section conducted concurrent programming at two local elementary schools in Georgia. Combining efforts from the MAS Doctors Back to School™ program and the AMA’s Improving Health Outcomes initiative, the volunteers engaged 900 students at Conley Hills Elementary School and Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School, which are primarily composed of Latino and African American youth. During the two-hour visits, physicians rotated between classrooms to encourage children to consid...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA Medical Students Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
At this year’s National Medical Student Meeting over the weekend in Atlanta, 750 medical students were in attendance from every year of medical school and many institutions across the country. The AMA Medical Students Section (MSS) programs included advising on how to get published and succeed in a research career, an introduction to the fundamentals of advocating for Graduate Medical Education funding and empowering medical students to engage in conversations about end-of-life care. In addition, the MSS welcomed Keynote Speaker, Tao Le, MD, to provide advice on USMLE Step 1. At the 13th annual AMA Research Sympo...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA Organized Medical Staff Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
The AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) held its 33rd Interim Meeting from November 12 through 14 in Atlanta with more than 100 OMSS representatives and guests in attendance. As part of its continuing dedication to educating medical staff leaders and other physicians on emerging issues in health care, OMSS hosted six thought-provoking education programs offering a total of five hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit: Legal and ethical issues in telemedicine The future of quality Avera Marshall legal case update: Contractual status of medical staff bylaws Transforming roles in healthcare leadership: Ho...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA Women Physicians Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) hosted its business meeting and reception, featuring presentations by Elizabeth H. Ellinas, MD and Sneha Harshad Shah, MD, the 2014 recipients of the Joan F. Giambalvo, MD, Fund for the Advancement of Women. Dr. Ellinas shared results from her study, “Gender differences in promotion and retention: Enhancing the position of female faculty in higher academic rank and leadership positions.” While Dr. Shah discussed her study, “Gender differences in empathy and burnout amongst emergency medicine residents.” The business meeting concluded with a review of the AM...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA Young Physicians Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
At the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting, young physicians from across the country discussed priority issues and worked diligently to help shape AMA policy during the 2015 AMA Young Physicians Section Interim Assembly meeting. After reviewing the House of Delegates handbook, the AMA-YPS Assembly identified items of particular relevance to the section and developed testimony for reference committee hearings and on the House floor. Details of all YPS positions can be found on the AMA-YPS home page. Additionally, the AMA-YPS forwarded Resolution 223, “Infertility Benefits for Wounded Warriors,” for consideration by the...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

AMA Senior Physicians Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights
The AMA Senior Physicians Section (SPS) sponsored a presentation by Daniel P. Hunt, MD, a professor at Emory University School of Medicine, on teaching, mentoring and coaching “wired” learners in medicine. The program focused on strategies for addressing the needs of students, residents, early career physicians and peers who seek mentor relationships. In addition, Richard E. Hawkins, MD, AMA vice president for medical education outcomes, provided an update on the senior physician competency task force.   The meeting included discussion of AMA House of Delegates business items and future AMA-SPS activit...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Future physicians honored for top research at AMA symposium
Eighteen young medical researchers stepped into the spotlight Saturday as winners of the 2015 AMA Research Symposium, one of the most competitive in the event’s 13-year history. Find out who won this distinguished award. Competing among 368 of the nation’s brightest medical students, residents, fellows and international medical graduates (IMG) awaiting residency, the winners were selected based on the outstanding quality of their research. Overall medical student winners are: Maxine Warren, poster presentation Kishore Jayakumar, podium presentation Overall resident and fellow winners are: A...
Source: AMA Wire - November 15, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

Moments matter--and physicians must take them back: AMA president
In an address during Saturday’s opening session of the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting, AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, spoke from the heart as he discussed the current state of health care in our country and insisted that in medicine, moments matter. When more and more moments are stolen from physicians, it is the patient who suffers most—and this cannot stand. Dr. Stack spoke first of a recent incident that left him thinking about “exactly what is wrong with health care today and exactly” what is needed to “make medicine right again.”  Because of overwhelming Medicaid protocol, Dr...
Source: AMA Wire - November 14, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Standing together, physicians welcome and lead change: AMA CEO
“The American health care system evolves at a pace that would not have seemed possible not too long ago,” AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, said in his address Saturday at the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting. That’s why focusing on producing thriving practices that provide quality patient care is the most important aspect of health care today. The pace of change in the health care system is rapid, “but change is a human constant,” Dr. Madara said. “To deal with such change, physician voices must be as unified as possible.” “Thankfully, physicians aren&rsq...
Source: AMA Wire - November 14, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

5 trends that will impact how quality of care is measured
New health technologies have allowed physicians to collect ever-increasing amounts of data to help measure—and ultimately, improve—patient care. As more of this data continues to impact how practices are evaluated and paid, here are five key trends one expert recommends that every physician follow. Quality measurements have proven to bolster patient care, with plenty of evidence of improvements in such critical areas as hospital readmissions, early elective delivery and central line infections, Richard Bankowitz, MD (pictured right), told physicians at an education session during the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting....
Source: AMA Wire - November 13, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amy Farouk Source Type: news

5 Medicare payment policy updates you need to know for 2016
With the release of a nearly 1,360-page final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the policies that will govern physicians’ Medicare payments in 2016. From the comprehensive list of updates, we’ve identified five particularly noteworthy changes you should know. 1.  Payment rates will drop slightly. The conversation factor that is used to calculate physician payment rates for the year was influenced by no less than three different laws. With the 0.5 percent payment update from the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) included, next year’s conversio...
Source: AMA Wire - November 13, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news