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…
Meeting News

Speaker: Know limitations of rehab after sports injuries

January 8, 2018
KOLOA, Hawaii – The efficacy of rehabilitation following sports injuries varies and the literature shows that it is more effective for some…

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…

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The FDA announced its draft guidance to employ a new, risk-based enforcement approach to address the public health issue of homeopathic treatments…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

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…

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…

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…

VA hospitals frequently fail to report disciplinary action against health care providers

November 27, 2017
Officials with VA medical centers often failed to report health care providers who faced review after questions were raised about their clinical
Meeting News

AMA adopts new strategy for genetic tests, therapeutics

November 15, 2017
AMA recently voted to advance the development of a comprehensive strategy that allows more consistent coverage of genomic and genetic tests and…

Trump nominates former pharmaceutical executive for HHS secretary

November 13, 2017
President Donald J. Trump has nominated Alex Azar II, the head of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s U.S.-based operations until this past…
In the Journals

Service price biggest driver of health care spending

November 9, 2017
Annual health care spending increased from $1.2 trillion to $2.1 trillion between 1996 and 2013, fueled by a 50% rise in the price of health care…
In the Journals

Recurrent concussion rates decline following youth traumatic brain injury laws

November 9, 2017
The rate of recurrent concussions significantly decreased among high-school athletes in the 2 years following the enactment of youth sports traumatic…
Perspective

ACP: Physicians must promote patient safety

November 7, 2017
ACP recently published a new position paper asserting that improvements to patient safety are gravely needed in the outpatient setting while offering…
In the Journals

Severe head impacts more likely among skilled positions in youth football

November 3, 2017
Although all youth football players frequently sustain head impacts during both games and practices, players in skilled positions – including…

CMS finalizes policies it says will lower drug prices, reduce burdens

November 3, 2017
AAFP and ACP are among the medical groups claiming CMS’s recent decisions regarding the final rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule and a…