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New AMA Tool Helps Docs on Managed Care

March 18, 2010
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Physicians seeking an alternative to the contracts offered by some managed care organizations can now rely on a new online resource from the Chicago-based American Medical Association (AMA).

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

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

The searchable database associated with the NMCC provides physicians with access to updated statutes and regulations in all states. 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, it says.

AMA members can access the NMCC and database at www.ama-assn.org/go/nationalcontract.

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