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AMA: Make diapers tax free 

June 17, 2022HME News Staff

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association is calling for the removal of the sales tax on child and adult diapers, a tax levied in 36 states. The AMA is also calling for the inclusion of child and adult diapers as qualified medical expenses for health savings accounts. “Vulnerable patient populations need affordable access to diapers,” said AMA Trustee Scott Ferguson, M.D. “The fiscal impact is de minimis for states but significant for low-income patients.” Making diapers...

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Are health insurers willing to reform PA process? AMA has its doubts

May 25, 2022HME News Staff

CHICAGO – The health insurance industry has made little progress in reforming prior authorization processes, according to the results of a new survey of physicians from the American Medical Association.  In January 2018, the AMA and other national organizations signed a consensus statement outlining a shared commitment to five key reforms to the prior authorization process that promote safe, timely and affordable access to evidence-based care for patients, enhance efficiency and reduce...

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Medicare spending on physician services dropped in 2020

December 7, 2021HME News Staff

CHICAGO – Medicare spending on physician services fell an estimated $13.9 billion, or 14% below expected levels, in 2020, according to a new report from the American Medical Association. Despite a mid-year rebound after sharp declines early in the year, spending during 2020 never recovered to pre-pandemic levels, the report found. “Physicians experienced a significant and sustained drop in Medicare revenue during the first 10 months of the pandemic,” said Gerald Harmon, MD, president...

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Medicare spending for physician services drops $9.4B in first half of 2020

March 8, 2021HME News Staff

CHICAGO – Medicare spending for physician services dropped as much as 57% below expected pre-pandemic levels in April of 2020, according to a new report from the American Medical Association.  During the first half of 2020, the cumulative estimated reduction in Medicare physician spending associated with the pandemic was $9.4 billion, the report says.   “The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant financial stress on medical practices...

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AMA addresses coverage, payment for telemedicine

June 11, 2014HME News Staff

CHICAGO - The American Medical Association (AMA) voted this week at its annual meeting to approve a list of guiding principles to ensure the appropriate coverage and payment for telemedicine services. “The principles aim to help foster innovation in the use of telemedicine, protect the patient-physician relationships and promote improved care coordination and communication with medical homes,” according to a press release. The principles stem from a policy report developed by the AMA's...

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