ACP ‘strongly opposes’ enforcing work requirements for Medicaid

January 11, 2018
ACP emphasized its strong opposition to restricting access to health care coverage through Medicaid based on employment status. The Trump…

Expanding clinic huddles to other staff members reduces burnout, identifies IT issues

January 9, 2018
While the idea of huddles has been utilized in primary care among clinicians and medical assistants for some time, recent research suggests that…

HHS nominee calls lowering drug prices one of his ‘top priorities’

January 9, 2018
Alex Azar II, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to be the administration's second HHS secretary acknowledged that “all drug prices are…

U.S. physicians create 12.6 million jobs, $2.3 trillion in economic activity

January 8, 2018
Physicians in the United States supported 12.6 million jobs and generated $2.3 trillion in annual economic activity in 2015, proving to be vital…

2017 saw record number of FDA approvals for drugs

January 1, 2018
The FDA approved 46 drugs in 2017, tying a record set for approvals in 2015. Cancer medications led the way, with 16 oncology and 11 hematology drugs…

Few older adults discuss drug interactions with others

December 29, 2017
Just 35% of older adults taking between one and five medications talked to someone about drug interactions in the past 2 years, according to findings…

AMA, AAFP react to CHIP short-term funding reprieve

December 22, 2017
Congress approved a stopgap budget last night that includes $2.85 billion in funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through March…
Perspective

House, Senate pass tax reform; experts say it is ‘not good news’ for health care

December 20, 2017
By a 224-201 vote, the House has passed the tax bill that will result in health care changes categorized as alarming by medical groups such as the…
Perspective

CMS offers tips on accepting new Medicare cards in practices in 2018

December 20, 2017
In April 2018, every Medicare beneficiary will receive a new Medicare card that eliminates the need for Social Security numbers, which will help to…

ACP urges salary equality for physicians

December 20, 2017
ACP recently released a new position statement advocating for physicians to receive equitable compensation based on comparable work rather than…
FDA News

FDA proposes new plan to protect against potentially harmful homeopathic drugs

December 18, 2017
The FDA announced its draft guidance to employ a new, risk-based enforcement approach to address the public health issue of homeopathic treatments…

AMA: Deadline to avoid Medicare payment penalty approaching

December 15, 2017
Dec. 31 is the last day physicians can act to avoid a Medicare payment penalty under the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act in 2019, the…

Policy brief: Trump administration actions threaten access for LGBT patients

December 13, 2017
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are likely to encounter increased discrimination as they try to access health care services after a…

AMA: 4 out of 5 US physicians are cyberattack victims

December 12, 2017
Slightly more than 80% of U.S. physicians have experienced a type of cybersecurity attack, with the most common being phishing and computer viruses…

Net neutrality repeal may diminish telemedicine access, harm small practices

December 12, 2017
The repeal of net neutrality as voted on by the Federal Communications Commission could lead to unintended and devastating consequences for…

Many health care components still uncertain as tax bill negotiations continue

December 7, 2017
Lawmakers are trying to reconcile the differences between the Senate tax bill passed Saturday and the House bill passed Nov. 16, leaving many…

Experts analyze Aetna, CVS merger

December 5, 2017
CVS agreed to acquire Aetna for $69 billion over the weekend in a proposed deal that The Washington Post said is the biggest health-care merger…

Puerto Rico-related medical product shortages continue months after Hurricane Maria

December 4, 2017
Medical manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico continue to struggle after Hurricane Maria tore through the island in September and knocked out the…

Frontline physician groups alarmed by potential impact of Senate tax bill

December 4, 2017
In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Senate voted 51-to-49 to pass the final version of its tax bill. Senators received the revised 479-page…

Senate set to resume tax bill debate with health care components uncertain

December 1, 2017
The Senate will debate and may vote on the Republican tax reform proposal today, with several critical health care components still undefined…
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