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With Election Day just around the corner, ReachMD assembles key decision makers, policy experts and healthcare analysts for a frank, month-long discussion of vital issues in healthcare policy.

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MACRA Issues for Physicians in Small Practices

2/20/2017
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This podcast discusses policies that could help physicians in solo, small or rural practices succeed under the new program. In response to AMA recommendations for many more accommodations for small physician practices, the final policies include a number of improvements. Ms. Sandy Marks, Assistant Director of Federal Affairs at the AMA, will walk you through the basics of The Quality Payment Program.

Duration: 00:09:30


What We Need to Know about Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs)

2/6/2017
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Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Qualified Clinical Data Registries, or QCDRs, are keys to Medicare’s new payment system in that they collect clinical data for the purpose of patient and disease tracking. But what do we need to know about QCDRs, where to find them, the requirements for successful reporting and why they are so important for clinical practices? Host Dr. Matt Birnholz welcomes a panel of QCDR experts from the AMA. Dr. Kathleen Blake, Vice-President, and Lance Mueller, Manager, both...

Duration: 00:15:59


VA Secretary Nominee Dr. David Shulkin Discusses Veteran's Health Care

1/23/2017
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This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter talk with President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin. Dr. Shulkin talks about the challenges he has faced coming from the private sector, the important role of the VA health care system, and ways that other issues such as housing play into health care access and delivery.

Duration: 00:30:00


Health Policy Expert Timothy Jost on Repeal of ACA

1/16/2017
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This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with health policy expert Timothy Jost, Emeritus Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and frequent contributor to Health Affairs. Professor Jost examines the respective gains made and challenges faced in health insurance coverage and access to care under the Affordable Care Act, and his views on potential losses to millions of Americans with repeal and replacement of the ACA.

Duration: 00:30:00


Drug-Free Brain Health: Treatments Using Virtual Reality and Video Games

1/11/2017
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This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with renowned neuroscientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center and Gazzaley Lab at UC San Francisco. Dr. Gazzaley discusses his closed loop system designed to improve brain function through personalized game design and feedback, which are already undergoing FDA clinical trials for therapeutic interventions for a number of brain disorders including ADHD, aging brain, PTSD and addiction.

Duration: 00:30:00


Trump Transition Adviser Michael Leavitt on the Affordable Care Act's Future

12/19/2016
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This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Michael Leavitt, an advisor to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush. They discuss anticipated changes in health policy under the new administration including the future of the Affordable Care Act, the role of community health centers, and the need for bipartisan cooperation.

Duration: 00:29:58


Preparing for Quality Reporting: Keys to Keeping Your Practice on Track

10/10/2016
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Ms. Koryn Rubin provides an overview of the reporting options under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), specifically related to the quality performance category. After listening to this podcast, physicians should obtain a basic understanding between reporting as an individual or reporting as a group practice under MIPS. Ms. Rubin is Assistant Director of Federal Affairs at AMA. Program requirements are subject to change. The links below are intended to assist with MIPS...

Duration: 00:06:00


How an EHR Can Help You Participate in MACRA

10/10/2016
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EHRs have made a significant impact in the practice of medicine across the country. While many improvements in the usability, flexibility, and interoperability of EHRs are needed, the use of an EHR can still be beneficial for many physicians. Matt Reid, MS provides you with information about the importance of electronic health records (EHRs) to participation in MACRA. Mr. Reid is a Senior Health Care IT Consultant at the AMA. You can find more information about certified EHRs at the Office...

Duration: 00:06:30


Why Participating in Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) Matters

10/10/2016
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Under MACRA, most physicians will participate in a value-based payment program known as MIPS, which stands for Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Beginning with the 2019 physician fee schedule, MIPS will replace the Physician Quality Reporting System, Value-Based Modifier, and Meaningful Use of electronic health records programs. Ms Laura Hoffman, Assistant Director in the Department of Federal Affairs at AMA, provides an overview of the Clinical Practice Improvement Activities, or...

Duration: 00:05:30


The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age

10/10/2016
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Host: Maurice Pickard, MD While modern medicine produces miracles, it also delivers care that is too often unsafe, unreliable, unsatisfying, and impossibly expensive. For the past few decades, technology has been touted as the cure for all of healthcare’s ills. But medicine stubbornly resisted computerization – until now. Over the past five years, thanks largely to billions of dollars in federal incentives, healthcare has finally gone digital. Yet once clinicians started using computers...

Duration: 00:20:00


Implementing MACRA: The AMA’s Keys to Advancing Opportunities, Avoiding Pitfalls

9/26/2016
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Host: Matt Birnholz, MD The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, has entered a critical phase of development as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responds to feedback from clinical stakeholders across the country. At the AMA, efforts are fully underway to update CMS and the physician community alike with the latest recommendations to maximize MACRA’s opportunities while avoiding potential pitfalls. Joining Dr. Matt Birnholz to provide updates from this...

Duration: 00:16:00


The Rise of Specialist-Driven Alternative Payment Models in American Medicine

7/29/2016
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Host: Matt Birnholz, MD The advancement of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) has catapulted Alternative Payment Models into the spotlight for identifying new value-based approaches to care. But questions persist as to the roles that specialists can and should play in the design and implementation of APMs, how these models will cut healthcare costs, and which administrative partnerships are needed to make them successful. Dr. Lawrence Kosinski, a practicing...

Duration: 00:27:00


Thoughts on Physician Advocacy and Payment Reform with AMA President Andrew Gurman, MD

7/4/2016
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Host: Matt Birnholz, MD From the AMA's House of Delegates annual meeting in Chicago, Dr. Matt Birnholz joins AMA President Dr. Andrew Gurman to discuss current and future initiatives for the nation's largest physician organization. The two focus particular attention on reactions to physician payment reform and Meaningful Use updates from CMS's Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Dr. Gurman, an orthopedic hand surgeon from Hollidaysburg, PA., became the 171st president of...

Duration: 00:14:29


Addressing Health Disparities Through Faith-Based Organizations

6/28/2016
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Host: Matt Birnholz, MD From the floors of the Villanovans in Healthcare event at Villanova University, Dr. Matt Birnholz speaks with Jermaine Bromell, Founder and CEO of Better Health Network, a startup dedicated to providing health support services for underserved communities in partnership with faith-based organizations. The two discuss ways for companies and non-profits to better address health disparities in larger communities through direct support and targeted referral services.

Duration: 00:06:30


Thoughts on Physician Advocacy, Payment Reform, and MACRA with AMA President Andrew Gurman

6/20/2016
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Host: Matt Birnholz, MD From the AMA's House of Delegates annual meeting in Chicago, Dr. Matt Birnholz joins AMA President Dr. Andrew Gurman to discuss current and future initiatives for the nation's largest physician organization. The two focus particular attention on reactions to physician payment reform and Meaningful Use updates from CMS's Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Dr. Gurman, an orthopedic hand surgeon from Hollidaysburg, PA., became the 171st president of...

Duration: 00:17:29


The Future of Medicare Payment Reform: Perspectives on MACRA with CMS's Andy Slavitt

6/14/2016
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Host: Matt Birnholz, MD From the floors of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates Annual Meeting in Chicago, Dr. Matt Birnholz speaks with Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In his leadership role at CMS, Mr. Slavitt oversees the programs providing healthcare access to one hundred forty million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (or CHIP), and the Health Insurance...

Duration: 00:13:29