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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.
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.
Policy analysts have been informed to stop using certain terms in documents to be used in next year's budget.
Physicians must report on at least 1 patient and 1 measure by December 31, 2017 and submit the report to Medicare no later than February 28, 2018.
The USPSTF has released its final recommendation statement on the use of menopausal hormone therapy for the primary prevention of chronic conditions.
The cost of observation care has increased for commercially insured patients, but it is still lower than spending for short-stay hospitalizations
The FDA has approved Admelog for children age 3 and older with type 1 diabetes and adults with type 2 diabetes.
If approved, TPOXX would be the first treatment for smallpox.
The FDA has approved Ozempic as adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Implementing state newborn screening policies for critical congenital heart disease decreased infant cardiac deaths.
The groups urge Congress to prevent CMS from applying Merit-based Incentive Payment System adjustments to Part B drug payments.
The Value-Based Payment Modifier is not associated with differences in performance between practices serving higher-risk and lower-risk patients.
The AHA has released a statement in response to the Senate's approved tax reform bill.
The ACC has developed a decision pathway to guide management of acute bleeding in patients treated with oral anticoagulants.
Clinicians should allow patients to express their values and preferences and participate in the decision-making process.
The recommendations include development of public policy, supporting legislation, and policies to help victims of human trafficking.
The statement encourages hepatitis B virus screening in high-risk populations, vaccination of all unvaccinated at-risk adults, and linkage to care for hepatitis B-positive patients.
The 8-item G-TRUST tool can help clinicians identify useful clinical practice guidelines.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule that could result in steep payment reductions for physicians of certain specialties in 2018.
Implementing new policies that will persuade insurers to enter the Affordable Care Act marketplace will improve equity and affordability.
Keith Humphreys, PhD, who served as senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration, shared his views on the opioid epidemic.
New guidelines lower the diagnostic threshold for stage 1 hypertension to 130/80, down from the previous level of 140/90, according to a joint statement from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
Clinicians should welcome LGBT older adults and address their health concerns to provide high-quality care.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched an initiative to examine which provider regulations should be discarded or revamped amid concerns that the regulations are reducing the amount of time that physicians spend with patients.
The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society have released updated guidelines for the management of adults who have ventricular arrhythmias or who are at risk for sudden cardiac death.
Medicare guidelines can be narrow, rigid, and not always practical, making it difficult to obtain certain resources for patients.
Although pediatricians have been introduced to the new guidelines, many are not putting them into practice.
Researchers note that the best-price rule may be an impediment to some novel pricing arrangements in the private sector, but there are ways to avoid or mitigate its impact.
Patients are charged a monthly fee for basic, office-based medical care as well as telephone and after-hours physician access.
Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization to restrict daily allowable prescribed dosing of opioids.
Physicians should provide counseling on the side effects of marijuana to adolescents.
To improve identification of the defects, the inspector general recommended that hospitals and doctors be required to submit detailed information identifying failed devices, including serial and batch numbers, during the billing process.
About one-third of those who fail to seek treatment for substance abuse do so because of cost or lack of insurance coverage.
The ACP calls for a policy to address gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Recent policy discussions about DACA have centered on economic consequences, but the public health benefits have been less discussed.
Networks in mental health are generally narrower than in primary care, with plan networks including 11.3% of mental healthy providers practicing in a given state-level market.
Prior exposure to financial incentives and public reporting is significantly associated with physician participation in Medicare Accountable Care Organization programs
Following the end of the DACA program, questions linger among undocumented medical residents and students now facing possible deportation.
There's no reason why something as critical as making sure that our surgeons are competent should be left to chance.
There was no notable improvement in timely access to specialty services following implementation of standards.
Under the Affordable Care Act, more privately insured patients have enrolled in clinical trials for cancer treatments.
Reductions in hospital readmissions as a part of ACA did not lead to higher mortality rates, and may even have lowered death rates.