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USPSTF Releases Recommendation for Menopausal Hormone Therapy for Chronic Conditions

USPSTF Releases Recommendation for Menopausal Hormone Therapy for Chronic Conditions

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The USPSTF has released its final recommendation statement on the use of menopausal hormone therapy for the primary prevention of chronic conditions.

Short-Acting Insulin Approved for Patients With Diabetes

Short-Acting Insulin Approved for Patients With Diabetes

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The FDA has approved Admelog for children age 3 and older with type 1 diabetes and adults with type 2 diabetes.

New Drug Application Submitted to FDA for First Oral Smallpox Treatment

New Drug Application Submitted to FDA for First Oral Smallpox Treatment

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If approved, TPOXX would be the first treatment for smallpox.

FDA Approves Once-Weekly Ozempic for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

FDA Approves Once-Weekly Ozempic for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

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The FDA has approved Ozempic as adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

State-Level Newborn Screening Policies Lower Infant Cardiac Death Rates

State-Level Newborn Screening Policies Lower Infant Cardiac Death Rates

Implementing state newborn screening policies for critical congenital heart disease decreased infant cardiac deaths.

US Medical Societies Call on Congress to Preserve Access to Part B Therapies

US Medical Societies Call on Congress to Preserve Access to Part B Therapies

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The groups urge Congress to prevent CMS from applying Merit-based Incentive Payment System adjustments to Part B drug payments.

AHA: Three Strikes Against the Senate's Tax Reform Bill

AHA: Three Strikes Against the Senate's Tax Reform Bill

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The AHA has released a statement in response to the Senate's approved tax reform bill.

ACC: Managing Acute Bleeding in Patients Taking Oral Anticoagulants

ACC: Managing Acute Bleeding in Patients Taking Oral Anticoagulants

The ACC has developed a decision pathway to guide management of acute bleeding in patients treated with oral anticoagulants.

Guidance Issued for Pharmacologic Treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

Guidance Issued for Pharmacologic Treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

Clinicians should allow patients to express their values and preferences and participate in the decision-making process.

Recommendations Released to Help Healthcare Professionals Prevent Child Trafficking

Recommendations Released to Help Healthcare Professionals Prevent Child Trafficking

The recommendations include development of public policy, supporting legislation, and policies to help victims of human trafficking.

Best Practice Advice Statements Issued for HBV Vaccination and Screening

Best Practice Advice Statements Issued for HBV Vaccination and Screening

The statement encourages hepatitis B virus screening in high-risk populations, vaccination of all unvaccinated at-risk adults, and linkage to care for hepatitis B-positive patients.

CMS Rule on Part B Drugs Could Lead to Steep Payment Cuts for Some Specialists

CMS Rule on Part B Drugs Could Lead to Steep Payment Cuts for Some Specialists

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule that could result in steep payment reductions for physicians of certain specialties in 2018.

Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines Released by AHA/ACC

Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines Released by AHA/ACC

New guidelines lower the diagnostic threshold for stage 1 hypertension to 130/80, down from the previous level of 140/90, according to a joint statement from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Addiction Policy Expert From Obama Administration Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

Addiction Policy Expert From Obama Administration Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

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Keith Humphreys, PhD, who served as senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration, shared his views on the opioid epidemic.

CMS Announces Initiative to Examine Provider Regulations

CMS Announces Initiative to Examine Provider Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched an initiative to examine which provider regulations should be discarded or revamped amid concerns that the regulations are reducing the amount of time that physicians spend with patients.

Updated Guidelines Released for Management of Ventricular Arrhythmia, Sudden Cardiac Death

Updated Guidelines Released for Management of Ventricular Arrhythmia, Sudden Cardiac Death

The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society have released updated guidelines for the management of adults who have ventricular arrhythmias or who are at risk for sudden cardiac death.

Direct Flat-Fee Primary Care May Address Needs of Uninsured

Direct Flat-Fee Primary Care May Address Needs of Uninsured

Patients are charged a monthly fee for basic, office-based medical care as well as telephone and after-hours physician access.

Effects of Medicare Opioid Formulary Coverage Restrictions for 2006 to 2015

Effects of Medicare Opioid Formulary Coverage Restrictions for 2006 to 2015

Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization to restrict daily allowable prescribed dosing of opioids.

Approaching Marijuana Use Counseling in States With Legalization

Approaching Marijuana Use Counseling in States With Legalization

Physicians should provide counseling on the side effects of marijuana to adolescents.

ACP: Firearm Policy Needed in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

ACP: Firearm Policy Needed in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting

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The ACP calls for a policy to address gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Antimicrobial Policy Compliance Increases with Computer Order Entry System

Antimicrobial Policy Compliance Increases with Computer Order Entry System

After introduction of the CPOE system, improvements have been seen in surveillance, compliance and approvals.

Less Elective Early Deliveries After Oregon's Hard-Stop Policy Passes

Less Elective Early Deliveries After Oregon's Hard-Stop Policy Passes

There was a reduction in the rate of elective inductions before 39 weeks, as well as in elective early-term cesareans.

Variations in State Policies Identified Regarding Freestanding ERs Nationwide

Variations in State Policies Identified Regarding Freestanding ERs Nationwide

There exists no standard requirements for location, staffing patterns nor clinical capabilities for freestanding ERs between states.

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