As physicians, we’re all pressed for time, with patient demands, family conflicts, and personal moments of stress. Many of us were acculturated in medical school to ignore our own stress and burnout and instead to devote ourselves to our patients. That tactic may have worked in an earlier world, but with a more complicated and demanding practice environment, it’s no longer tenable today. Two activities help me maintain my personal health ...

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ama_logoA guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. To close the gaps between how medical students are educated and how health care is delivered now and in the future, the American Medical Association (AMA) has awarded $11 million to 11 U.S. medical schools to fund their bold proposals that support a significant redesign of undergraduate medical education. This is ...

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ama_logoA guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. While the patient populations of individual physician practices vary greatly, nearly all physicians – regardless of practice location or specialty – see patients who have diabetes or cardiovascular disease or are at risk for developing them. Because cardiovascular disease accounts for one third of all deaths in the U.S., and 100 ...

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ama_logoA guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit.  -Former ServiceMaster CEO C. William Pollard The new Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) was created by Congress to ensure transparency in ...

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ama_logoA guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. As American health care continues to transform, physicians in every state and specialty are attempting to comply with new rules, expectations and costs, and must evolve to meet new health care demands. The American Medical Association (AMA) is committed to helping physicians not only navigate the changing environment, but thrive in ...

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MSS1 ama_logoThis week, hundreds of our fellow physicians and medical students gathered in Washington, D.C., for the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference, which is held in the capital city each February. Attendees heard from members of Congress, top administration officials including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, journalists and other experts about the health policy issues affecting ...

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Today’s medical students will care for tomorrow’s patients, and future physicians need to be prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing health care environment. Future physicians will need to be able to navigate new and increasingly complicated health information technologies, understand and use advances in personalized medicine and many will need to know how to lead accountable care organizations. Gaps between ...

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A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. When health plans have merged, they've said that a bigger insurance company would drive down premiums. The casual acceptance of this economic fallacy led to more than a decade of unchecked megamergers that helped health plans cement dominant market positions across the country. It’s now clear that when health insurers talk ...

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A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Every physician caring for Medicare patients knows that the current payment system isn’t working. Most seniors know it too. For much of the last decade, patients and physicians have joined together to tell their elected officials that the system is broken. The response from members of Congress has been to ...

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A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. As our nation’s health care system undergoes historic reforms, the American Medical Association (AMA) has embarked on a long-term strategic plan that seeks a better future for medicine – both for the physicians who make it their profession and the patients who count on us for care. Our focus is ...

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A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Physicians contribute significantly to both the health of our patients and the economic health of our nation, and a new report shows that the 2 percent Medicare spending sequestration cut will put the jobs supported by the health care industry in jeopardy. The AMA recently teamed up with the American Hospital ...

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A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Since the American Medical Association launched our National Health Insurer Report Card in 2008, there has been noticeable progress by health insurers in response to the AMA's call to improve the accuracy, efficiency and transparency of their claims processing. The AMA has been working constructively with insurers, and as a result the ...

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A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. As the new president of the AMA, I’m excited to help lead the nation’s largest physician organization during this important time for our health care system. The year is off to a positive start – only two weeks after I was inaugurated at the AMA’s Annual Meeting, the Supreme Court declared ...

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