The American Medical Association said today it is partnering with Google (NSDQ:GOOG) to launch the AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge designed to support mobile health technology that improves monitoring and care in the management of chronic diseases. In the challenge, participants will present mobile solutions that aim to improve the capturing and transmission of […]
Four major medical associations said today they will group to form Xcertia, a multi-stakeholder collaboration focused on improving mobile health applications. The American Medical Association, American Heart Association, DHX Group and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society will join together to create the non-profit corporation, which looks to establish and promote best practices for mobile […]
The White House last week changed the way government health insurers pay doctors, shifting from the fee-for-service model in favor of an outcomes-based system. The so-called “doc fix” law, passed by Congress in 2015, was drafted in March 2015 by then-House speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in rare moment of bipartisanship. The Senate voted […]
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Physicians’ groups are up in arms about the looming launch of the a public database of industry-doctor relationships, citing concerns about errors in reporting and security breaches that appear to muddle the program’s credibility.
The public database, scheduled to go live September 30, will allow anyone with interest to peruse troves of data about the financial exchanges between doctors and manufacturers of drugs and medical devices, but the novel program has its share of issues.
A massive alliance of medical societies urged Medicare regulators this week to keep physician pay data from the public for an extra 6 months, time that doctors can use to peruse their profiles for inaccuracies about their financial relationships with medical device and drug companies.
The proposal would keep physician financial data under wraps until March 31, 2015, rather than Sept. 30, 2014, as planned.
Ocular Therapeutix said it landed a reimbursement code for the insertion of the drug-eluting eye plugs it’s developing to treat glaucoma.
Bedford, mass.-based Ocular Therapeutix said the American Medical Assn. issued a CPT code "for the insertion of a drug-eluting implant, including punctal dilation and implant removal when performed, into the lacrimal canaliculus."
Dr. Robert Wah was named president-elect of the American Medical Assn., the nation’s largest network of physicians. Wah, who served on the AMA board from 2011 to 2012, will be officially sworn in as president after a year as president-elect.
In a provocative piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Elizabeth Toll, MD pens a powerful portrait of what the Electronic Medical Record have brought to the doctor-patient relationship, describing both its benefits and its limitations (be sure to see the 7 year-old’s precient drawing as well).
Perhaps most disturbing was this passage in her essay:
It’s hard to believe – well, maybe not – that the Chicago-based American Medical Association (AMA) would be so out of touch with America’s obesity epidemic that they are now proposing a soda tax to "fight obesity." We should ask ourselves, especially in light of the growing cigarette use in teens these days, how that approach has worked for cigarettes.