Policy

Addressing the Uncertainties of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for Medical School Graduates

Addressing the Uncertainties of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for Medical School Graduates

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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.

AHA, ADA, and Others Express Concern Around Proposed Legislation to Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions

AHA, ADA, and Others Express Concern Around Proposed Legislation to Protect Those With Preexisting Conditions

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The American Heart Association has published a statement in opposition of the latest Senate healthcare bill aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

New White House Rule Could Create Serious Health Concerns for Immigrants

New White House Rule Could Create Serious Health Concerns for Immigrants

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The latest proposed change to immigration policy from the White House may have serious effects on health care.

Family Border Separation Policy Has Long-Term Effects on Child Health

Family Border Separation Policy Has Long-Term Effects on Child Health

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Despite a reversal of the Trump administration family separation policy, more than 2000 children are still separated from their parents or legal guardians.

Pennsylvania Case Could Affect Evidence for Malpractice Defense

Pennsylvania Case Could Affect Evidence for Malpractice Defense

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could affect what evidence physicians may present in defense during medical malpractice suits.

Descriptive, Predictive Data at Odds in Medical Malpractice Courtroom

Descriptive, Predictive Data at Odds in Medical Malpractice Courtroom

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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

Researchers Question DEA Hydrocodone Schedule Change in Light of Postoperative Prescribing Practice Data

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The US Drug Enforcement Administration rescheduled hydrocodone-containing analgesics from schedule III to schedule II in October 2014.

Should Brand-Name Drug Manufacturers Be Held Liable for Generic Drug Counterparts?

Should Brand-Name Drug Manufacturers Be Held Liable for Generic Drug Counterparts?

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Both generic and brand manufacturers are protected from legal liability from failure-to-warn claims in most jurisdictions.

Putting Genetics to the Test: Insurers vs Preexisting Conditions in the Age of Trump

Putting Genetics to the Test: Insurers vs Preexisting Conditions in the Age of Trump

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Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage to patients based on genetic testing results.

In Shocking Opposition, Trump Administration Denies Decades of Breastfeeding Research

In Shocking Opposition, Trump Administration Denies Decades of Breastfeeding Research

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In a move that shocked world health officials, the Trump administration indicated its opposition to a resolution intended to encourage breastfeeding among new mothers

Republican Opposition to Obamacare: What's Done, What's to Come

Republican Opposition to Obamacare: What's Done, What's to Come

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Republicans who have fought against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for years are at a crossroads after their opposition largely failed.

Healthcare Community Should Favor More Restrictive Alcohol Policies

Healthcare Community Should Favor More Restrictive Alcohol Policies

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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.

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

AMA Proposes Policy Opposing Medicaid 'Lockout' Provisions

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.

Marijuana's Uncertain Status: Closing the Gap Between State and Federal Policies

Marijuana's Uncertain Status: Closing the Gap Between State and Federal Policies

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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.

Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Stop Separating Parents and Children at US Border

Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Stop Separating Parents and Children at US Border

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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.

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

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 Authority to Explain Drug Application Rejections or Approvals. They Should Use It.

The FDA Has the Authority to Explain Drug Application Rejections or Approvals. They Should Use It.

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The FDA has the ability within its governing laws to reveal to the public the reasons for its decisions to reject or approve drugs.

Trump Administration Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Rife With Health Implications

Trump Administration Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy Rife With Health Implications

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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.

Hospitals Participating in 340B Program Offer More Low-Profit Services, Uncompensated Care

Hospitals Participating in 340B Program Offer More Low-Profit Services, Uncompensated Care

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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.

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.

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