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Trump White House Freezes Billions Earmarked for Insurers Through ACA

Trump White House Freezes Billions Earmarked for Insurers Through ACA

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The White House announced earlier this month a plan to freeze billions of dollars of risk-adjustment payments scheduled to go to insurers through the Affordable Care Act.

CMS Physician Payment and Policy Changes Proposed for 2019

CMS Physician Payment and Policy Changes Proposed for 2019

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CMS issued a proposal to update payment policies, quality provisions, and payment rates for services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2019.

To Improve Healthcare Policy, Congress Needs More Physicians

To Improve Healthcare Policy, Congress Needs More Physicians

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This year, as many as 33 physicians have run against incumbents for their seats in Congress.

The Inhumane Practice of Constant Light Exposure in Immigrant Detention Facilities

The Inhumane Practice of Constant Light Exposure in Immigrant Detention Facilities

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The practice of family separations has been described by the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics as a "form of child abuse."

The Future of Food and Drug Regulation: Trump Administration Proposes Reorganization of FDA, USDA

The Future of Food and Drug Regulation: Trump Administration Proposes Reorganization of FDA, USDA

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The White House says this shift will address the "fragmented federal oversight" of food safety and public health.

Does Right to Try Legislation Improve on Existing Compassionate Use Programs?

Does Right to Try Legislation Improve on Existing Compassionate Use Programs?

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While politicians celebrate the passage of the Right to Try Act, physicians must closely monitor the outcomes to mitigate the potential consequences of this law.

New Legislation Threatens Litigative Capacity of Americans With Disabilities

New Legislation Threatens Litigative Capacity of Americans With Disabilities

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Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in "places of public accommodation," mandating that areas open to the public remain accessible to individuals with mobility impairments.

In Free Speech-Backed Ruling, Supreme Court Sides With California Crisis Pregnancy Centers

In Free Speech-Backed Ruling, Supreme Court Sides With California Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra expressed concern that the ruling would create "needless" barriers between women and access to medical care.

Led by AG Sessions, DOJ Declines to Defend ACA Against Federal Lawsuit

Led by AG Sessions, DOJ Declines to Defend ACA Against Federal Lawsuit

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pledged to lead the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act.

President Rejects VA Mission Act, Despite Signing Bill Into Law

President Rejects VA Mission Act, Despite Signing Bill Into Law

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Despite adding his signature to the VA Mission Act, President Donald Trump is now fighting a bipartisan plan to fund the much-needed expansion to veterans' health care.

Affordable Care Act Increased Percentage of Insured Patients With Gynecologic Cancers

Affordable Care Act Increased Percentage of Insured Patients With Gynecologic Cancers

The impact of the ACA on health insurance access among women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer was previously unestablished.

Challenging the Status Quo: Shifting the Blame Away from Serious Mental Illness Following Mass Shootings

Challenging the Status Quo: Shifting the Blame Away from Serious Mental Illness Following Mass Shootings

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The "blame game" following mass shootings often places blame on the shoulders of people with serious mental illness — an already marginalized community.

Examining the Threat of the Regulatory Accountability Act to Public Health

Examining the Threat of the Regulatory Accountability Act to Public Health

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The Regulatory Accountability Act passed through the committee phase in the US Senate in 2017.

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Payment Policies Vary by State

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Payment Policies Vary by State

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Payment policies for long-acting reversible contraception are inconsistent at the state level and often do not include critical aspects of care.

Medical Malpractice: A Closer Look at Payout Redistribution

Medical Malpractice: A Closer Look at Payout Redistribution

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A recent bill passed in the US House of Representatives proposes a number of changes to malpractice liability rules, including a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages.

Federal Right-to-Try Legislation Could Undermine FDA's Public Health Mission

Federal Right-to-Try Legislation Could Undermine FDA's Public Health Mission

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Recent "right-to-try" legislation passed in the Senate could diminish the FDA's public health mission.

AAP: Recommendations Released for Influenza Vaccine in Children

AAP: Recommendations Released for Influenza Vaccine in Children

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The AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases released recommendations regarding influenza, influenza immunization, and influenza treatment for the 2017-2018 season.

Congress Urged to Reverse CMS Policy Linking Clinician Payments to Part B Drug Costs

Congress Urged to Reverse CMS Policy Linking Clinician Payments to Part B Drug Costs

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Healthcare organizations across the United States issued letters urging Congress to reverse the new policy.

USPSTF Releases Recommendation for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Screening

USPSTF Releases Recommendation for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Screening

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The USPSTF has updated the 2004 recommendations for screening of idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents.

Seven Potential Ramifications of the CDC's Banned Word List

Seven Potential Ramifications of the CDC's Banned Word List

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Should the 7 words be banned, it could give rise to at least 7 harmful consequences, or "7 deadly sins."

USPSTF Finds Insufficient Evidence for Nontraditional Factors in Assessing CVD Risk

USPSTF Finds Insufficient Evidence for Nontraditional Factors in Assessing CVD Risk

Current evidence is insufficient to assess the use of nontraditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease risk assessment.

FDA Issues Label Change for Prescription Cold Medicine Use in Children

FDA Issues Label Change for Prescription Cold Medicine Use in Children

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The FDA has issued a new safety communication requiring that changes be made to the labeling of prescription cough and cold medicines containing codeine and hydrocodone.

Updated Treatment Consensus Released for CPR

Updated Treatment Consensus Released for CPR

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The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation has provided their consensus on various aspects of CPR.

AAN Releases Guideline Update for Mild Cognitive Impairment

AAN Releases Guideline Update for Mild Cognitive Impairment

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The American Academy of Neurology has released updated guideline recommendations for mild cognitive impairment.

Risk-Based vs USPSTF Criteria for Lung Cancer Screening

Risk-Based vs USPSTF Criteria for Lung Cancer Screening

Risk-based criteria would screen high-risk smokers currently ineligible for screening using USPSTF criteria, resulting in more modest decreases in lung cancer screening.

ACC Releases Guidelines to Optimize Treatment of HFrEF

ACC Releases Guidelines to Optimize Treatment of HFrEF

The new ACC guidelines examine 10 pivotal issues in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.

AAFP Does Not Endorse Updated AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

AAFP Does Not Endorse Updated AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

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The AAFP found that there was more robust scientific evidence to support the 2014 guidelines.

Policy Advisor Discusses Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

Policy Advisor Discusses Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

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David Himmelstein, MD, FACP, shares his insight on healthcare inequality in the United States, along with what he says is the only solution.

USPSTF: Use of ECG Screening for the Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation, CVD Events

USPSTF: Use of ECG Screening for the Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation, CVD Events

The USPSTF has found insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of ECG screenings for atrial fibrillation in older adults, and screening with resting or exercise ECG is not recommended for preventing CVD events in low-risk adults.

CDC Receives a List of "Forbidden Words" From Trump Administration

CDC Receives a List of "Forbidden Words" From Trump Administration

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Policy analysts have been informed to stop using certain terms in documents to be used in next year's budget.

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