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…
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UTI antibiotics commonly prescribed for nonspecific symptoms

January 10, 2018
Many nursing home residents in tropical Australia received antibiotics for urinary tract infections because of symptoms that were not specific to the…

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…
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Repeated flu vaccination reduces disease severity in older adults

January 8, 2018
Older adults who received more than one influenza vaccine over recent seasons had a lower risk for developing severe influenza than those who…

Most older adults think nursing homes should require staff flu shots

January 5, 2018
Almost three-quarters of older adults think nursing homes should require all staff to get the influenza vaccine and most said they would be less…
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CRASH screening tool not recommended for clinical practice

January 4, 2018
The CRASH screening tool, which is used to identify older drivers who need a behind-the-wheel test, was not recommended for clinical practice…

CMS launches program for submitting 2017 performance data

January 3, 2018
The CMS recently launched a web-based program that eligible clinicians can use to provide 2017 performance data required under the Medicare Access…

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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MRSA clone circulating in pig farms found in nursing home residents

December 12, 2017
An emerging MRSA clone that has mostly been linked to contact with pig farms was isolated in several nursing home residents in Spain, underscoring…

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…
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