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e-Reports, March 5, 2012
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New app lets patients share health information with you

mymeds The AMA offers a new app that can help your patients securely store, carry and share their medical information with you and family members.

The app allows patients to create and update a list of medications, including dosing and scheduling information, onto their Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Immunization records and allergy information also can be tracked.

“When a physician has access to a patient’s current medications, allergies and immunizations, the risk of medication errors and adverse reactions to medications decreases,” said AMA Chair-Elect Steven J. Stack, M.D. “My Medications” is available through the iTunes store for 99 cents.

Learn more about the app here.

AMA book gives you new ideas to care for geriatric patients

A new publication, offered by the AMA, may help you and your staff meet the needs of an aging patient population through a design/practice management perspective.

Available as an electronic book or in hard copy, “Geriatric Care by Design,” gives patient-friendly suggestions on practice and patient room design, staffing and human resources, coordination of care, patient education and health literacy.

The book also addresses topics such as:

  • The role of the family caregiver
  • Health literacy and patient self-management
  • Culturally effective care and health disparities
  • Medical home coordination of care

“All physicians must be prepared to meet and treat the unique needs of our older patients,” said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D. “This new resource will help physicians successfully tailor their practices so they can provide superior individualized care to their geriatric patients.”

The publication provides easy-to-use checklists, tables and links to resources for additional information. AMA members receive a discount when purchasing the book. Find more information on the AMA website.

White paper offers you tips for preparing and appealing medical audits

PAIauditsThe Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) has prepared a white paper to help you prepare and appeal audits and financial reviews by Medicare recovery audit contractors (RACs) and private payers.

The document, “Medical Audits: What Physicians Need To Know,” discusses:

  • How to assess the risk of being audited or reviewed
  • The various types of audits
  • The audit process
  • How to respond to an audit
  • Tips to analyze audit findings
  • Appealing adverse audit determinations

“With ever increasing pressure on both governmental and private payers to reduce health care costs, it is inevitable that payers will continue to use audits to identify alleged overpayments and to demand the physicians repay these amounts,” explained Robert Seligson, president of the PAI. “Physicians need to prepare for and manage external payer audits just as they manage any other part of the business side of their practices.”

Find the white paper here.

Get help evaluating emerging payment options

Maybe you’ve been asked to consider a bundled payment or you’re wondering if you will really get that bonus a payer is offering – through a shared savings program. If you need help evaluating new payment options, there’s a series of resources from the AMA that can help you understand them and improve your negotiations through today’s evolving pay environment.

The new tool discusses each of the various reimbursement methodologies now being offered and sets forth key issues you must consider when determining whether to agree to a particular payment system, how to determine a fair price and how to reconcile any payments received to ensure they are accurate.

Developed by the AMA and experts in physician payment issues, this series is available online – for AMA members and nonmembers.

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