One-Stop Resource to Help Providers Find Medicare Information

Article ID: 510289

Released: 10-Mar-2005 12:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: American Medical Group Association (AMGA)

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Newswise — The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today unveiled the CMS Web page "Medical Group Physician Information Resource for Medicare" during AMGA's Annual Conference March 10-13 at the Westin Century Plaza in Los Angeles. AMGA and CMS staff have been working jointly for the past six months to develop and design a specialty navigational Web page to assist medical group physicians searching for relevant Medicare Fee-for-Service information in a one-stop resource page.

Pertinent sections found on the Medical Group Physician Web Page include Coding, HIPAA Compliance Guidance, Fraud and Abuse, Quarterly Provider Update, and Specialty Topics. Under the last section, topics include Physician Self-Referral, Reassignment and Incident to. Both Quick Navigate and Program-Topics-Resources cross-links are also available on this Web page. The direct address of this Web Page is

"AMGA is pleased for the opportunity to collaborate with the CMS on a very practical initiative to assist physicians and administrators in medical groups," said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, AMGA's President and Chief Executive Officer. "With this new CMS Web page, AMGA members will have, literally at their fingertips, a more user-friendly and practical means to improve communications and information exchange between their physicians and the largest payer of health care in America."

CMS is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is charged with administration of the Federal Medicare and Medicaid Programs. CMS is organized around three Centers reflecting its major business lines: traditional fee-for-service Medicare, Medicare+Choice, and state-administered programs. The Center for Medicare Management focuses on management of the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. The Center for Beneficiary Choices focuses on providing beneficiaries with information on Medicare, Medicare Select, Medicare+Choice and Medigap options. The Center for Medicaid and State Operations focuses on programs administered by states including Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and the Clinical Laboratory Improvements Act (CLIA).

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) represents medical groups, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA advocates for the multispecialty medical group model of healthcare delivery and for the patients served by medical groups through innovation and information sharing, benchmarking, leadership development, and continuous striving to improve patient care. The members of AMGA deliver health care to more than 50 million patients in 42 states, including 15 million capitated lives. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for medical groups providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs and publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance. For more information, visit


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