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Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Payment Policies Vary by State

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Payment Policies Vary by State

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

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

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

Guidelines Developed for Management of Certain Skin Cancers

Guidelines Developed for Management of Certain Skin Cancers

Guidelines have been developed for the management of basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.

AAP: Recommendations Released for Influenza Vaccine in Children

AAP: Recommendations Released for Influenza Vaccine in Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy Advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders Discusses Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

Policy Advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders Discusses Healthcare Inequalities in the United States

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

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

USPSTF Releases Recommendation for Menopausal Hormone Therapy for Chronic Conditions

USPSTF Releases Recommendation for Menopausal Hormone Therapy for Chronic Conditions

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

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

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