February 2014

AMA names Wrobel to work group

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) announced in January that the American Medical Association (AMA) has selected APMA nominee James Wrobel, DPM, to serve on the AMA’s Endocrine Clinical Work Group, part of its Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (AMA–PCPI).

The Affordable Care Act requires the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop a grouper program, which assigns a DRG (diagnosis related group) to an inpatient encounter, to provide feedback to physicians on resource use.

The AMA–PCPI and the American Board of Medical Specialties Research and Education Foundation have joined with other organizations to develop the CMS grouper methodology and accompanying software. Ultimately, the CMS episode grouper will be publicly available and used in the Medicare program.

Wrobel is associate professor of internal medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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