AMA Updates

Posted: 11/02/2022
Category: General News

Updates on the AMA's work in our nation's capital, states and courthouses:

Register for next week’s webinar: AMA grassroots update on Medicare and prior authorization
As we approach the end of this year and head into the next, physicians are taking this message to Congress: Reforming Medicare payment and fixing prior authorization need to top the agenda. Register now for this Nov. 3 webinar.
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National Update

VA proposed rule allowing health professions trainees to provide care via telehealth
In a comment letter on the Proposed Rule, the AMA expressed support for providing patients with access to health care services via telehealth, but also noted that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) should consider the potential impact on care quality within any proposal that would expand the scope of practice for non-physicians including the Federal Supremacy Project.
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AMA expresses concerns with disrupting physicians’ revenue
In a letter to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, the AMA expressed serious concerns with recommendations made to HHS which would impact how physicians and their practices communicate and conduct business with health plans.
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AMA urges ban on sale of tianeptin
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned that tianeptine products have been linked to serious harm, overdose and death.
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New AMA resource helps physician practices fight inappropriate E/M downcoding
In response to some health plans disputing evaluation and management (E/M) levels for submitted claims and implementing E/M downcoding programs that inappropriately reduce payment for provided services, the AMA has created a new resource to support physician practices in navigating these programs.
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Differences in physician compensation methods
A new Policy Research Perspective uses AMA’s nationally representative Physician Practice Benchmark Survey to provide a detailed look at how physicians were compensated by their practices from 2012 to 2020.
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State Update

Register for the 2023 State Advocacy Summit
Registration is now open for the AMA State Advocacy Summit, which will be held in person from Jan. 12-14, 2023, in Marana, Arizona. The conference offers physician leaders and medical society staff an opportunity to share their organizations’ state legislative and regulatory priorities, concerns, strategies and tactics with advocacy leaders from other medical societies.
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Preventing coverage losses as the PHE unwinds
In a new issue brief, the AMA outlines key strategies intended to help states prevent health insurance coverage losses as the public health emergency (PHE) unwinds.
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Judicial Update

Drugmaker’s libel suit against medical journal threatens research
A lawsuit a pharmaceutical company filed after a medical journal criticized one of their drugs burdens public health and suppresses scientific advancement, physicians tell a federal court.
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Other News

The Private Practice Playbook: How to join, build, or sustain a private practice
In this episode of the AMA STEPS Forward® podcast, playbook co-authors Meghan Kwiatkowski, AMA Program Manager, Physician Practice Sustainability and Taylor Johnson, AMA Manager, Physician Practice Development discuss the latest AMA STEPS Forward® private practice resource. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
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AMA physician well-being program
The new AMA Physician Well-Being Program aims to raise awareness, advance knowledge and catalyze change to reduce burnout and promote joy, meaning and purpose for physicians, practices and health systems.
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2022 Joy in Medicine™ recognized organizations announced
28 health care organizations, representing more than 80,000 physicians, are being honored in the 2022 Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program. Applications for the next program cycle will open in Jan. 2023. Register for an informational webinar and learn more about the 2023 program.
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Imposter phenomenon in U.S. physicians relative in the U.S. working population
A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings and co-authored by AMA team members Christine Sinsky, MD, Michael Tutty, PhD, and Lindsey Carlasare aims to determine the prevalence of imposter phenomenon experiences among physicians and evaluate their relationship to personal and professional characteristics, professional fulfillment, burnout and suicidal ideation.
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Upcoming Events

DEA drug take back day
Oct. 29: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold “Drug Take Back” events around the country on Oct. 29. The DEA’s Take Back website has a “collection site locator” and other resources. For general information about safe drug storage and disposal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has helpful information about where and how to dispose of unused medicines. The AMA strongly encourages physicians to talk to their patients about safe storage of prescription medicine and the importance of disposal of unused and unwanted prescriptions.

Integrating psychopharmacology into primary care: When and how
Nov. 17: In this webinar on Nov. 17 at 10:00 a.m. Central time, experts will explore available tools and resources to assist physicians in determining the need for a psychopharmacological intervention, along with key steps and interventions physicians can take to address routine and complex behavior health conditions. Register now.

Clinical case study: Telehealth for physical medicine and rehabilitation
Dec. 1: This interaction session on Dec. 1 at 3:00 p.m. Central time, co-hosted with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will showcase the current cutting-edge use of telehealth across physiatry and anticipated areas of opportunity and growth in telehealth in the future. The session is presented by the AMA Telehealth Immersion Program and AMA STEPS Forward® Innovation Academy. Register now.

Panel discussion: 2022 telehealth retrospective & 2023 predictions
Dec. 8: In this live panel discussion on Dec. 8 at 10:00 a.m. Central time, hear industry leaders synopsize telehealth and virtual care market trends that have occurred this past year and share short-term predictions for what’s to come in 2023. The discussion is presented by the AMA Telehealth Immersion Program and AMA STEPS Forward® Innovation Academy. Register now.

AMA State Advocacy Summit
Jan. 12-14, 2023: More than 200 physician leaders and medical society staff attend the annual AMA State Advocacy Summit. The conference offers participants an opportunity to share their organizations' state legislative and regulatory priorities, concerns, strategies and tactics with advocacy leaders from other medical societies. Conference content focuses on key health care issues that states will likely address in the coming legislative sessions. Next year’s in-person event will take place from Jan. 12-14 at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ.

AMA National Advocacy Conference
Feb. 13-15, 2023: The AMA National Advocacy Conference gives attendees the opportunity to connect with industry experts, political insiders and members of Congress about current federal efforts to improve health care, as well as advocate on crucial health care issues affecting attendees and their patients. Save the date for next year’s in-person conference, which will be held from Feb. 13-15 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

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