American Medical Association

By Jonah Comstock June 16, 2016
Last week, Dr. James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association, shook the digital health world, or at least the digital health Twitterverse, with a proclamation that digital health is the new "snake oil". “From ineffective electronic health records, to an explosion of direct-to-consumer digital health products, to apps of mixed quality, this is the digital snake oil of the early 21st...
By Brian Dolan June 13, 2016
The American Medical Association's CEO Dr. James Madara kicked off the House of Delegates at the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago yesterday by drawing parallels between the "quackery" and "snake oil" common among self-proclaimed doctors a year ago, and direct-to-consumer digital health services today. “Today we have really remarkable tools -- robotic surgery, new forms of radiation treatment,...
By Brian Dolan June 2, 2016
A year ago the American Medical Association's ethics council almost took a vote to adopt a set of guidelines focused on ethical considerations related to the use of online or mobile visits between patients and physicians, but a physician from Texas helped convince the committee to rethink its plans and table the discussion until later that year. Now, 12 months later, the guidelines appear to have...
By Jonah Comstock October 22, 2015
An American Well video visit. The American Medical Association has begun the process of creating a host of new CPT codes to support the reimbursement of telemedicine. A working group tasked with generating such a list met for the first time last week. CPT stands for "Current Procedural Terminology" and the codes are used by healthcare providers and insurers to communicate the nature of...
By Jonah Comstock June 30, 2015
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on telemedicine, coming out in favor of better reimbursement and regulatory support for telemedicine, but against direct-to-consumer telemedicine offerings like Teladoc. “Although quality telemedicine care promises to increase access to pediatric medical subspecialty and surgical specialty care for patients in underserved urban and...
By Brian Dolan June 10, 2015
This week the American Medical Association’s ethics council attempted to come to an agreement over a set of guidelines focused on ethical considerations related to the use of online or mobile visits between patients and physicians, but a physician from Texas helped convince the committee to rethink its plans. The guidelines were tabled and sent back to committee for further review. The earliest...
By Brian Dolan June 1, 2015
There's been a cluster of important telemedicine news in the past few days: the AMA is developing ethical guidelines for remote visits, a majority of states now have telemedicine parity laws in place, and details about Teladoc's business came to light through an SEC filing related to its hoped-for IPO. This month the American Medical Association's ethics council will begin to craft a set of...
By Aditi Pai February 4, 2015
The American Medical Association has partnered with Matter, a Chicago-based incubator for healthcare companies, to build a digital health lab called the AMA Interaction Studio. This studio will be designed to help physicians, entrepreneurs, and health care professionals develop and test new health-focused technology. “Innovation is a key driver in making the health system work better for everyone...
By Neil Versel August 29, 2013
Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated the HIPAA privacy rule for the first time in more than a decade, the regulations still are not flexible enough to keep up with the pace of innovation in digital health, according to a newly published commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Plus, the authors contend, the new requirement that...
By Neil Versel January 24, 2013
Have you seen all the pushback of late against the direction of the "meaningful use" EHR incentive program and EHRs in general? The year started with the publication of a RAND Corp. study in Health Affairs cautioning that health IT had fallen far short of its potential so far. Notably, EHR design and implementation problems, a lack of interoperability and continued reluctance among providers to...

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