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How to overcome today's common practice challenges


Practicing medicine today is increasingly challenging, and the pace of change isn’t getting any slower. To stay viable, practices have to face the challenges head on and develop strategies to thrive in a value-based payment environment.

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The American Medical Association (AMA), in partnership with the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and Klick Health, a digital health agency, has developed a program to provide practice managers and clinicians with the data, tools, education, certification and relationships needed to ensure success in this new era of healthcare reform.

Launched last summer, AMA’s STEPS Forward is a series of interactive educational modules developed by physicians to help physicians address common practice challenges. The program was created using key insights from results of the AMA-RAND Study on Physician Professional Satisfaction.

Currently, STEPS Forward consists of 27 modules. Each module offers real-world solutions, steps to implementation, practical examples, case studies, and downloadable tools and resources. The AMA reported that 86 percent of physicians participating in the series have indicated they are likely to implement solutions offered by the program. Physicians can participate online, at a live event or by downloading a PDF document to obtain continuing medical education (CME) credits for completing the modules.

Modules address four key areas:

The AMA will continue to add modules to the series. Physicians, practice managers and others can sign up to receive notification when new modules and live events are added to the website. Additionally, physicians are encouraged to suggest new module topics and share their experiences.

To access the interactive online educational modules, visit the AMA STEPS Forward website at

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