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ACA reduces out-of-pocket medical expenses

January 22, 2018
The implementation of the ACA reduced out-of-pocket spending for medical care, especially for low-income individuals; however, premium spending…

ACP unveils physician well-being, professional satisfaction initiative

January 19, 2018
Due to concerns about physician health, the ACP recently launched an initiative to cultivate a culture of wellness, enhance practice efficiency…

ACR, medical societies urge Congress to reverse Part B change

January 19, 2018
More than 100 medical societies, including the American College of Rheumatology, have urged Congress to reverse a recent CMS policy that applies…

Experts, AAFP, ACP criticize Trump’s ‘Small Business Health Plan’ proposal

January 18, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule to increase opportunities for employment-based health insurance to small businesses seems to do…

Health care coalition seeks ways to improve prior authorization, timely access to care

January 18, 2018
Health care leaders, including physicians, pharmacists, medical groups, hospitals and health insurance providers, are collaborating to put forth a…

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…
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Autism prevalence plateaus among children, adolescents

January 2, 2018
There was no significant increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder among children and adolescents between 2014 and 2016, according to…

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…