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AMA: Insurance market growing less competitive

Most areas of the country have only a single health insurer, according to a report from the American Medical Association, and that means that the marketplace is less competitive than it should be. The report shows that the three top managed care plans in the United States have consolidated market concentration to the point there… Continue Reading AMA: Insurance market growing less competitive

AMA supports medical malpractice legislation

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The American Medical Association is supporting a bi-partisan bill that is intended to fix the medical liability system and reduce health care cost growth. Known as the HEALTH act (Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare), the bill is similar to laws already enacted in Calfornia and Texas. The law would set limits on settlement amounts, deadlines… Continue Reading AMA supports medical malpractice legislation

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AMA provides online help to file claims

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The American Medical Association launched a new online resource to help doctors file claims in the settlement reached against UnitedHealth Group. Launched in April, the site will guide doctors to obtaining their share of the $350 million settlement that serves to compensate physicans and their patents for 15 years of artificially low payments for out-of-network… Continue Reading AMA provides online help to file claims

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AMA shifts to prevention

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Even as some groups are advocating reducing preventive services, the American Medical Association says that much of the additional expenses associated with health care could be curbed by taking steps to keep chronic diseases under control. “Healthy People 2010” is a set of health objectives for the nation. “Nearly half of Americans are living with… Continue Reading AMA shifts to prevention

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State public health officials are encouraging people who are sick to visit AMAfluhelp.org, a flu health assessment Web site that is intended to help alleviate the heavy wait times in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. The Web tool – accessible through www.colorado.gov/nofluforyou – will help patients determine the severity of their flu symptoms and allow them… Continue Reading Web tool helps patients determine severity of flu symptoms

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While the American Medical Association is throwing its support behind the House version of the health care reform bill, providers say there’s still a lot of work to be done. The AMA says House Bill 3200 offers the best chance for administrative reform, while also maintaining the doctor-patient relationship. “The bottom line, for doctors, is… Continue Reading Docs line up behind House version of health care reform

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The American Medical Association supports the federal health care reform bill, House Bill 3200, but it acknowledges that there is still work to be done. “As physicians, we all want to make sure we are caring for patients,” said Dr. James Rohack, president of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. “We want to… Continue Reading AMA meets with Colorado doctors to push for reform

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