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This guidance, updated for the first time since 2008, provides evidence-based recommendations for children (ages 3-17) and adults.
The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society have released a guideline on the evaluation and management of patients with bradycardia and cardiac conduction delay.
The new guidelines place a substantial emphasis on the importance of introducing high-quality rehabilitation early in these patients.
Going without medical care is common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid.
There is a high prevalence of financial conflicts of interest among authors of clinical practice guidelines.
Beneficiaries identified as "high cost" were likely to stay high cost over a 3 year period.
A bipartisan bill meant to combat the United States' opioid abuse epidemic was signed into law on October 24, 2018.
Discord among international, organizational blood pressure guidelines have led to confusion between physicians and patients alike.
More than 25 professional medical and patient advocacy organizations are in opposition to the Trump Administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
The recommendations have been published in the AGA's official journal, Gastroenterology.
In response to the growing burden of pharmaceutical products on state budgets, Maryland introduced House Bill 631 to prohibit manufacturer price gouging.
The ASBMR Secondary Fracture Prevention Initiative Coalition outlined recommendations to improve efforts to increase diagnosis and treatment of individuals who are at high risk for osteoporosis.
The recent Supreme Court decision on crisis pregnancy centers is expected to complicate the future of some health laws.
One-third of the women enrolled in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program reported improved access to birth control and family planning services.
The difference in spending by Medicare on brand-name combination medications and the cost of the equivalent generic constituents was an estimated $925 million for 2016.
Following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cost-related medication nonadherence significantly decreased among adults who survived stroke.
Choosing to expand Medicaid during the ACA implementation significantly reduced the number of uninsured hospitalizations.
Clinical practice guidelines are an important part of medical practice, but scarce funding for updates and the risk for bias have raised challenges.
The American Medical Association has released a statement urging the US Department of Justice to block the CVS-Aetna merger.
Despite their advantages, many clinicians do not necessarily agree with the centrality or content of CPGs. Others — especially primary care physicians (PCPs) — are overwhelmed by the vast and ever-increasing numbers of guidelines issued by multiple societies.
Addressing the Uncertainties of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for Medical School Graduates
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program promises to forgive any remaining federal loan debt for employees at governmental or nonprofit institutions following 10 years of loan repayments.
WHO has developed guidelines for selecting therapy for treatment intensiﬁcation in type 2 diabetes and on the use of insulin in type 1 and 2 diabetes in resource-poor settings.
AHA, ADA, and Others Express Concern Around Proposed Legislation to Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions
The American Heart Association has published a statement in opposition of the latest Senate healthcare bill aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act.
The latest proposed change to immigration policy from the White House may have serious effects on health care.
In an updated interim guidance, the CDC now recommends that couples wait at least 3 months before attempting to conceive after possible Zika virus exposure in the male.
Despite a reversal of the Trump administration family separation policy, more than 2000 children are still separated from their parents or legal guardians.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could affect what evidence physicians may present in defense during medical malpractice suits.
The new policy states that optimal health for all (health equity) is a goal toward which the AMA will work by advocating for health care access, research and data collection, and promoting equity in care.
Last year, the DEA proposed a 20% reduction in the manufacturing of controlled substances for 2018 compared to 2017.
Because they're busy looking in different directions, "innocent until proven guilty" and "first, do no harm" don't always get along.
Researchers Question DEA Hydrocodone Schedule Change in Light of Postoperative Prescribing Practice Data
The US Drug Enforcement Administration rescheduled hydrocodone-containing analgesics from schedule III to schedule II in October 2014.
Both generic and brand manufacturers are protected from legal liability from failure-to-warn claims in most jurisdictions.
Chronic use of prescription opioids was correlated with support for the Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage to patients based on genetic testing results.
In a move that shocked world health officials, the Trump administration indicated its opposition to a resolution intended to encourage breastfeeding among new mothers
Republicans who have fought against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for years are at a crossroads after their opposition largely failed.
There is a lack of direct evidence that assesses the benefits and harms of screening for urinary incontinence in women.
The healthcare community, having eradicated a number of deadly diseases, should approach these alcohol-driven fatalities as a disease and launch a comprehensive, coordinated, and sustained effort to eliminate roadway deaths.
The AMA policy came in response to recently approved state Medicaid waivers that block patients from Medicaid for up to six months for not meeting deadlines or paperwork requirements.
Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bipartisan bill in June 2018 (S.3032) that would exempt most marijuana-related activities from the Controlled Substances Act when they are allowed under state or tribal law.
The mission of the National Guideline Clearinghouse was to offer a source of objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines, and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use by healthcare professionals.
Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Stop Separating Parents and Children at US Border
Citing the high degree of stress and possible lifelong trauma children can experience as the result of a forced separation, the mental health organizations noted that the policy could result in an increased risk for many mental illnesses.
The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has adopted policy to increase the number of people who obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act by making marketplace plans more affordable.
The FDA has the ability within its governing laws to reveal to the public the reasons for its decisions to reject or approve drugs.
Consensus guidelines regarding the use of ketamine for the management of acute pain have been approved.
The 340B Drug Pricing Program was designed to improve revenue generation among hospitals by allowing participating centers to purchase specific outpatient drugs at a wholesale discount.
The zero tolerance immigration policy implemented by the Trump Administration in spring 2018 resulted in divisive political commentary that further delineated the line between parties.
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.
The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released results from a new poll examining the public's view on women's issues.
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.
The travel ban on citizens from several Middle Eastern countries has affected several faculty members and students, some of whom were in the process of completing courses or exams that would allow them to apply for residencies.
This year, as many as 33 physicians have run against incumbents for their seats in Congress.
The practice of family separations has been described by the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics as a "form of child abuse."
The White House says this shift will address the "fragmented federal oversight" of food safety and public health.
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.
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.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra expressed concern that the ruling would create "needless" barriers between women and access to medical care.
Although the Affordable Care Act reduced the percentage of uninsured Americans from 20.3% to 12.6%, differences in quality of care still persist.
The proportion of deaths that occurred in an acute care hospital decreased from 32.6% to 19.8% among Medicare fee-for-service decedents.
For decades the AMA has demonstrated leadership on this issue, recommending common-sense gun safety precautions, waiting periods and background checks for those wishing to purchase a gun, and increased mental health service funding.
Although heads of state and governments have pledged to reduce premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by one-third by 2030, many countries are not on track to achieve this goal.
The rising cost of insulin is causing big financial problems for patients, Medicare and Medicaid.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pledged to lead the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act.
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.
Implementing initiatives to maintain Medicaid enrollment and to expedite Medicaid reenrollment and having alternate resources available in gaps are important to ensure continuous antiretroviral therapy to optimize HIV outcomes.
Medicaid expansion correlated with an increase in Medicaid coverage and an increase in discharge to rehabilitation facilities.
To shed further light on the study's implications, MPR interviewed lead author Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
These Medication Guides should be provided the first time an outpatient receives a GBCA injection at an MRI center; hospital patients are not required to receive a Medication Guide.
An annual wellness exam performed by an OB/GYN can be used to evaluate a woman's heart health.
Currently, hospitals must make their prices public, but a new Medicare rule requires that information to be easily accessible online.
Sooner or later, everyone in the healthcare field will have to think about how to approach a politically divisive conversation with a patient.
The Department of Justice, under the guidance of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has withdrawn a number of protections afforded to people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Women who experienced a drop in out-of-pocket costs following the ACA contraceptive mandate were more likely to undergo an IUD placement.
Insurers within the ACA marketplace covered a disproportionate share of non-elderly adults with high healthcare risks from 2014 to 2015.
Forty-seven percent of survey respondents reported spending less than 1 minute reviewing CMS-485.
The Medicare Shared Savings Program has been linked to a reduction in breast cancer and an increase in colorectal cancer screenings.
The impact of the ACA on health insurance access among women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer was previously unestablished.
Current reported measures of 30-day hospital readmissions may not be adequate surrogates for overall hospital quality.
The Goldwater Rule has proven remarkably resilient and has not been seriously challenged for half a century — until now.
The American Diabetes Association has shared "deep concern" surrounding newly released diabetes management guidelines.
Preconception health care coverage has been linked to better access to health care for mothers and infants.
Challenging the Status Quo: Shifting the Blame Away from Serious Mental Illness Following Mass Shootings
The "blame game" following mass shootings often places blame on the shoulders of people with serious mental illness — an already marginalized community.
The updated guideline provides recommendations for the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.
The Regulatory Accountability Act passed through the committee phase in the US Senate in 2017.
Payment policies for long-acting reversible contraception are inconsistent at the state level and often do not include critical aspects of care.
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.
Recent "right-to-try" legislation passed in the Senate could diminish the FDA's public health mission.
Guidelines have been developed for the management of basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
The AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases released recommendations regarding influenza, influenza immunization, and influenza treatment for the 2017-2018 season.
Healthcare organizations across the United States issued letters urging Congress to reverse the new policy.
The USPSTF has updated the 2004 recommendations for screening of idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents.
Should the 7 words be banned, it could give rise to at least 7 harmful consequences, or "7 deadly sins."
Current evidence is insufficient to assess the use of nontraditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease risk assessment.
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.
The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation has provided their consensus on various aspects of CPR.
The American Academy of Neurology has released updated guideline recommendations for mild cognitive impairment.
Risk-based criteria would screen high-risk smokers currently ineligible for screening using USPSTF criteria, resulting in more modest decreases in lung cancer screening.
The new ACC guidelines examine 10 pivotal issues in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.
The AAFP found that there was more robust scientific evidence to support the 2014 guidelines.
David Himmelstein, MD, FACP, shares his insight on healthcare inequality in the United States, along with what he says is the only solution.
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