Your Partner in Navigating Challenges

By Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, PAMED Executive Vice President

We need your support to continue PAMED transformation.

In a recent survey, Pennsylvania physicians said their biggest challenges are keeping up with regulations and staying compliant, electronic health records (EHRs), meaningful use (MU), reimbursement issues, ICD-10, staying up to date with the latest information, and life of medicine issues such as burnout and work/life balance.

Regardless of your specialty or practice type, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is your partner to help you navigate these challenges.

New Regulations/Rules and Staying Compliant
Our expert staff spends countless hours reading and analyzing new regulations that may impact you. This information is shared through our member communications, including the Daily Dose (PAMED’s all-member daily email), PAMED News (our twice a month email recap and monthly printed newsletter), and website.

We’re also there to help you stay compliant with laws and regulations with analysis and education on things like the state’s new child abuse laws and HIPAA.

The new 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule is more than 1,000 pages, and would take one practice staff person approximately a 40 hour work week to read and digest. Our expert staff has done this for you. Find out what you need to know about the changes that may affect your Medicare reimbursement in 2015, including the value-based payment modifier and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), as well as new opportunities to get reimbursed for chronic care management services.

EHRs, MU, Reimbursement Issues, and Other Practice Support
Our expert practice support staff is only a phone call away at (717) DOC-HELP. Have questions, such as a reimbursement issue you need our help navigating or a question regarding MU requirements or EHRs? Members can call our Helpline for personalized practice support assistance.

The Oct. 1, 2015, ICD-10 implementation date will be here before you know it. PAMED has you covered with a variety of resources to help your practice make a smooth transition, such as specialty-specific crosswalks and online documentation training designed specifically for physicians.

Staying Current
PAMED’s Daily Dose email, as well as our other communications, are a great way to stay current with the latest news that could affect you, your practice, and/or your patients, along with the tools designed to help you face the latest challenges. Are you a member and not getting the Daily Dose? Let us know so we can figure out why and make sure you receive it.

Life of a Physician
We continue to hear from many physicians that, while they are getting education on the business and practice sides of medicine, education on topics related to their life as a physician is much harder to find.

Not sure the difference between physician burnout and stress, or the best coping strategies? Want financial planning education relevant to your stage in life? Physicians have access to education on these issues from PAMED.

We’ve also heard that Pennsylvania physicians want more information on balancing life and work priorities. PAMED is working to put together education and tools on this important topic for physicians.

Is there something you need from us that you’re not getting or do you have ideas for new products, services, and other tools and resources that would help you navigate the challenges you are facing? Please let us know.

If you’re not a member, please consider joining to add your voice to our efforts and take advantage of the many benefits membership in PAMED has to offer.