Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. AMA Guides Editorial Process and Panel
    • Overview of the new AMA Guides Editorial Update Process
    • About the AMA Guides Editorial Panel
    • Information on Submitting Proposals to Update the AMA Guides
    • Attend AMA Guides Editorial Panel Meetings
    • Effective Date
    • The AMA Guides Sixth 2023 will be considered the most recent edition of the AMA Guides effective January 1, 2023.
    • Update Cadence
      Significant changes to the Guides are identified at least a year ahead of publication, enabling stakeholders to participate and prepare. The AMA has set an annual cadence for publication of Panel-approved updates. This update cycle allows for timely and incremental change that can be more easily reviewed by each jurisdiction prior to adoption.

      Except for AMA Guides Sixth 2021, updated content to the AMA Guides will be released on a consistent basis each year around October 1, becoming effective January 1. Stakeholders have access to the new content for 90 days before it is considered the most current version of the AMA Guides Sixth Edition.

      The AMA Guides Sixth Edition (2008) is considered the foundation for proposed updates to the AMA Guides, and future updates to the AMA Guides will build upon the changes that precede them (e.g., AMA Guides Sixth 2022 will build on AMA Guides Sixth 2021). There is not a seventh edition of the AMA Guides and AMA Guides Sixth Edition 2021 is not considered the seventh edition of the AMA Guides.
    • Education Modules with CME Available
      AMA Guides Education offered via the AMA Ed Hub™ offers an overview of the new editorial process and the latest content updates to the AMA Guides effective in 2021, which impacts mental and behavioral health subject matter. Through our AMA Guides education module, physicians, regulators and other medical professionals will gain a thorough understanding of how the AMA Guides Sixth 2021 update will impact impairment rating methodology. Up to 0.25 PRA Category 1 Credit is available.
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