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Talking Politics With Patients

Talking Politics With Patients

Sooner or later, everyone in the healthcare field will have to think about how to approach a politically divisive conversation with a patient.

DOJ Rescinds Protections Afforded by Americans With Disabilities Act

DOJ Rescinds Protections Afforded by Americans With Disabilities Act

The Department of Justice, under the guidance of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has withdrawn a number of protections afforded to people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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.

Psychology in the Age of Trump: Does the Goldwater Rule Still Apply?

Psychology in the Age of Trump: Does the Goldwater Rule Still Apply?

The Goldwater Rule has proven remarkably resilient and has not been seriously challenged for half a century — until now.

ADA: Concerns Surround New ACP Diabetes Management Recommendations

ADA: Concerns Surround New ACP Diabetes Management Recommendations

The American Diabetes Association has shared "deep concern" surrounding newly released diabetes management guidelines.

ACA Dependent Coverage Provision May Increase Use of Prenatal Care

ACA Dependent Coverage Provision May Increase Use of Prenatal Care

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

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.

IDSA/SHEA Publish Updated C difficile Infection Clinical Guidelines

IDSA/SHEA Publish Updated C difficile Infection Clinical Guidelines

The updated guideline provides recommendations for the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.

Examining the Threat of the Regulatory Accountability Act to Public Health

Examining the Threat of the Regulatory Accountability Act to Public Health

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

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.

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