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AMA Launches Tool to Help Physicians Correct Unfair MC Contracts Nationwide

March 16, 2010

The American Medical Association (AMA) unveiled its new National Managed Care Contract (NMCC) and database to help physicians analyze and negotiate contracts with insurers and help provide relief from unfair corporate business practices.

The NMCC is the first comprehensive managed care contracting resource geared specifically to the needs of physicians. The AMA created the NMCC in an attempt to create model contract language that complies with the managed care laws of all 50 states and the District of Columbia and to comprehensively cover the broad range of physician concerns with managed care contracts. It provides physicians with a valuable frame of reference to compare and evaluate any prospective managed care contract.

The searchable database associated with the NMCC provides physicians with easy access to updated statutes and regulations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It covers the managed care contracting process, the managed care contract itself and the business relationship between physicians and managed care organizations after an agreement has been signed.

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AMA Creates New CPT Code for Multi-Layer Compression Bandaging

Effective from January 1st 2010 the American Medical Association (AMA) has created a new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code for the application of multi-layer venous wound compression systems below the knee.

Leg ulceration is a significant cause of morbidity in the elderly. In fact the treatment of venous leg ulcers alone consumes more than $1 billion in the U.S. annually 1. With a new CPT code multi-layer bandaging will be more accessible to clinicians and their patients.

The application of multi-layer bandaging has long been considered the gold standard treatment for this debilitating condition 2.

For more information on Smith & Nephew's Multi-layer and Two-layer systems please visit http://global.smith-nephew.com/master/Compression_29403.htm


References

  1. Jones, KR PhD. Why do chronic venous leg ulcers not heal? Journal of Nursing Care Quality 2009; 24(2): 116-124.
  2. Stacey, M et al. The use of compression therapy in the treatment of venous leg ulcers: a recommended management pathway. EWMA 2002; 2(1):9-13.

 

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