UnitedHealthcare and the AMA are collaborating to understand and address the social barriers preventing people’s access to better health. The AMA is excited to work with UnitedHealthcare through the continuing efforts of our Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI).
MACRA promises to reshape how Medicare pays physicians under the QPP. Yet, a survey of 1,000 practicing physicians who have been involved in practice decision-making related to it shows that fewer than one in four physicians feel well prepared to meet its requirements in 2017.
The AMA and the IHTSDO announced a new collaborative agreement to coordinate on the design and development of their respective coding and terminology products, CPT and SNOMED CT.
With physicians facing the most notable changes in Medicare in a generation, the American Medical Association unveiled several online tools to help physicians through pending Medicare payment and delivery changes.
The AMA took a significant step toward its goal of accelerating digital medicine into clinic practice with the foundational meeting of an AMA-sponsored workgroup charged with facilitating the integration of the latest technological advances in telehealth services into the Current Procedural Terminology code set.
Three weeks after Aetna announced it would acquire Humana for $37 billion comes news that Anthem will acquire Cigna for $54 billion. The merger will create our nation’s largest health insurance company.
Last week we hosted a webinar on preparing for making the ICD-10 transition. Presented by Jim Daley, Health IT Director of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and co-chair the WEDI ICD-10 workgroup, the webinar attracted nearly 800 registrants.
With less than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, CMS and the AMA are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline. CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility.
In his recent speech to the AMA House of Delegates, AMA president Dr. Robert Wah characterized the planned implementation of ICD-10 as analogous to the dark forces controlling the galaxy in the movie Star Wars: “If it was a droid, ICD-10 would serve Darth Vader… For more than a decade, the AMA kept ICD-10 at bay – and we want to freeze it in carbonite!”
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