AMA Corner

September 2013
Dr. Alnoor Malick

Dr. Alnoor Malick

Welcome to the AMA Corner managed and prepared by Alnoor A. Malick, MD, FACAAI, member of the ACAAI Board of Regents and Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates, to keep you abreast of important AMA news and developments impacting allergy-immunology.

AMA and AHA call for flexibility for EHR meaningful use
Aggressive timelines and an inflexible “all-or-nothing” approach are setting Stage 2 of Medicare’s electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use program up for failure, the AMA and the American Hospital Association (AHA) said in a recent letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Stage 2, which requires all hospitals and physicians to upgrade to an EHR product that is certified for 2014, begins Oct. 1 for hospitals and Jan. 1 for physicians. Currently only nine complete 2014 edition-certified EHR products were on the official federal list of certified vendor products for the inpatient setting, and only 11 products were listed for the ambulatory setting. In comparison, 313 products were certified for the inpatient setting in 2011, and 1,300 were certified for the ambulatory setting. Read more

Pay changes for 2014 Medicare fee schedule unveiled
A proposed rule calls for changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2014 that include support for complex chronic care management, expansion of the value-based payment modifier and updates to Medicare quality reporting programs. Read more

Customizing practice payment models
Physician innovators who have implemented successful payment reforms share their insights into how to use data to build hybrid models that employ the right mix of bundled payments, care management fees and fee for service and how to form partnerships with other physician groups, hospitals and payers that will lead to a successful payment model. The seven webinars in the series are archived for on-demand viewing. They cover such topics as providing team-based care to optimize practice workflow and increase value, improving care coordination without moving to an employment model, and boosting value by benchmarking. Read more