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AMA Updates Ethics Code

For the first time in more than 50 years the American Medical Association (AMA) has updated its code of ethics.

The AMA Principles are standards of coduct that define the ethical behavior of physicians in all specialties.

AMA Principles of Medical Ethics

A physician shall:

  1. Be dedicated to providing competent medical care, with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights.
  2. Uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and strive to report physicians deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception, to appropriate entities.
  3. Respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interests of the patient.
  4. Respect the rights of  patients, colleagues, and other health professionals, and  safeguard patient confidences and privacy within the constraints of the law.
  5. Ccntinue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to medical education, make relevant information available to patients, colleagues, and the public, obtain consultation, and use the talents of other health professionals when indicated.
  6. In the provision of appropriate patient care, except in emergencies, be free to choose whom to serve, with whom to associate, and the environment in which to provide medical care.
  7. Recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health.
  8. While caring for a patient, regard responsibility to the patient as paramount.
  9. Support access to medical care for all people.

Beware of Out-of-Network PPO Providers

Insurers continue to look for ways to control costs. While using the term “consumer-driven,” many of the changes are not in the best interests of consumers. One technique that continues to grow is the creation of smaller networks of doctors and hospitals. Employers enjoy lower premiums from insurers, but workers are challenged with reduced access to providers.

To make matters worse, many in-network facilities contract Continue reading Beware of Out-of-Network PPO Providers

FDA Finds More Trouble With Compounding Pharmacies

Compounding pharmacies are licensed by state authorities to prepare specialized drug orders for individuals with a doctor’s prescription. Whereas most do, some have developed large production operations, preparing bulk medications for clinics and hospitals without prescriptions for individual patients.

Not too many months ago, Continue reading FDA Finds More Trouble With Compounding Pharmacies

Smartphone Transforming Digital Healthcare

In the future your doctor may be prescribing more apps than meds. Take a look at how cardiologist Eric Topol, MD, has modified his iPhone to become a digital diagnostic tool.

This is just one example of how technology can provide in-home monitoring, decrease office visits and save time and money for both patients and the U.S. health system.

Provider Landscape Changing

As the nation gets ready to provide healthcare insurance in 2014 for millions of uninsured Americans, concerns are being raised about having adequate numbers of doctors to treat these new patients—many of whom are sick with multiple chronic diseases.

Across the nation, “scope of practice” fights are becoming commonplace. Each state’s medical licensing board defines what services different healthcare practitioners are legally authorized to provide. For example, Continue reading Provider Landscape Changing