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AMA readies campaign for Medicare SGR repeal

Physicians are rallying for the remaining months of the legislative year to overhaul the formula and build a new payment system based more on quality. Read story

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Organized medicine groups line up against proposed Stark law changes

Safeguards on appropriate use of self-referred services and other outreach efforts are sufficient to protect program integrity, organizations state in a letter to Congress. Read story

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Doctors shortchanged by insurers’ shift to credit card payments

Payers issuing plastic and virtual cards to practices instead of depositing funds directly can cut physician pay by as much as 5% after transaction fees. Read story

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Medicare sticks to clock-watching on hospital observation policy

CMS finalizes a rule that only indirectly addresses long hospital outpatient stays that leave patients exposed to large bills and no postacute care coverage. Read story

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Leadership roles allow physicians to make a difference

A message to all physicians from David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, chair of the AMA Board of Trustees, on the importance of physician leadership and how to get involved. Read story

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Medicare SGR reform bill passes key House committee

The House Energy and Commerce panel adopts a bipartisan Medicare payment overhaul, but physicians want additional changes on care quality incentives and pay accuracy. Read story

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AMA pushes for more accurate Medicare Physician Compare

Glitches were found in the Medicare doctor directory after tests on the latest version of the website. Read story

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AMA-convened expert panel benefits Medicare

The Relative Value Scale Update Committee provides Medicare with fair and objective advice on gauging the resource cost of physician work. Read story

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