GP Network News, Issue 12 Number 50
2012 in Review; AMA Position Statement on Clinical Indicators 2012; Resistance Continues Over Defence Contracts – AMA Survey; AMA Position Statement - Medical Practitioners' Relationships with Industry 2012; Email the AMA; Post new comment to the website;
Dr Brian Morton, Chair of AMACGP, in this week’s Australian Medicine provided a review of this year’s events and the AMA’s activities and achievements on behalf of GPs.
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AMA Position Statement on Clinical Indicators 2012
In recognition of the potential benefits of clinical indicators, the AMA this week released a new Position Statement on Clinical Indicators.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said that a mechanism that enables medical practices to regularly review robust and relevant information about their practice for the purpose of moving to best practice is essential and that, when used well, clinical indicators can form part of the suite of measures that lead to quality improvement and better outcomes for patients.
“Our Position Statement outlines how clinical indicators can be used to improve patient care,” Dr Hambleton said. Clinical indicators must be relevant, evidence-based, and easily measured so as to ensure that limited resources are efficiently directed and that the data gathered is worthwhile. Clinical indicators should also be independent of government and developed and ratified by the relevant medical speciality. Clinical indicators that are not supported by evidence risk driving unproven and inappropriate clinical activity.
Resistance Continues Over Defence Contracts – AMA Survey
Final results of an AMA survey of 835 medical specialists released this week have revealed a potential crisis in access to specialist medical care for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, as a result of new arrangements for Defence health services.
The AMA survey suggests that fewer than one in ten specialists have signed a contract to be part of the new preferred provider network being implemented by MHS.
The survey reveals that of the 72.55 per cent of respondents who said that they had previously provided specialist medical care for ADF personnel, only 8.86 per cent have agreed to be part of the MHS-preferred provider network.
AMA Position Statement - Medical Practitioners' Relationships with Industry 2012
Last week the AMA released its revised Position Statement on Medical Practitioners’ Relationships with Industry. It provides guidance to doctors on maintaining ethical relationships with industries including the pharmaceutical industry, medical device and technology industry, other health care product suppliers, health care facilities, medical services such as pathology and radiology, and other health services such as pharmacy and physiotherapy.
As another year rolls by your GP Network News team would like to take this opportunity to wish you compliments of the season and a happy and peaceful Christmas break. Our first edition for 2013 will be published on Friday January 11 and we look forward to bringing you all the latest GP news.
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Published: 20 Dec 2012