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Quality of Studies Used for FDA Approval Called Into Question

August 16, 2017

Thirty preapproval studies supported the 24 indications. The median number of participants enrolled in preapproval studies was 132. Fifty percent of the 38 required confirmatory studies were completed at a minimum 3 years of follow-up.

Opioid Epidemic Declared National Emergency

By August 11, 2017

Among the areas likely to benefit from increased funding are treatment centers, with the White House panel recommending rules be waived so that Medicaid recipients can get treatment for their addictions.

DEA Proposes Cut in Controlled Substance Manufacturing for 2018

By August 04, 2017

The DEA's manufacturing reduction applies to commonly prescribed Schedule II opioids.

New FDA Policy Aims to Increase Number of Generics on Market

By June 29, 2017

"No patient should be priced out of the medicines they need, and as an agency dedicated to promoting public health, we must do our part to help patients get access to the treatments they require," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.

AAFP: Prior Authorizations Create Significant Barriers to Patient Care

June 05, 2017

Coalition urges insurers to apply reform principles to current prior authorization programs

Court Ruling May Have Serious Consequences for Physicians in Public Service

June 05, 2017

Friend-of-the-court brief reflects concern that the ruling will have negative impact on physicians

ACP: Excessive Administrative Tasks Have Serious Consequences

March 28, 2017

American College of Physicians details policy recommendations to reduce administrative burden

Paid Malpractice Claims Evaluated by Physician Specialty

By March 27, 2017

Of the total paid claims, 7.6% were over $1 million.

Does Higher Physician Spending Mean Better Outcomes for Patients?

March 14, 2017

No difference in patient outcomes when physicians order more -- or more pricey -- tests, treatments

How Do PCPs Feel About the Potential Repeal of the ACA?

January 26, 2017

Though many would support changes, only 15 percent want law completely dismantled

HHS: Buprenorphine Access Expanded, New IHS Opioid Rx Rules

By July 07, 2016

The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary announced new actions to fight the country's opioid epidemic.

Attitudes Toward Euthanasia, Doc-Assisted Suicide Investigated

July 07, 2016

Increasing, strong public support for euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in Western Europe

FDA: More Data Needed for Hand Sanitizers, Other Antiseptic Rubs

By June 29, 2016

The Agency's proposed rule is to ensure that regular use of these products does not pose unknown safety and efficacy concerns.

Electronic Record Demands Linked to Physician Burnout

June 29, 2016

Survey found those who have to use EHRs/CPOEs report more burnout, job dissatisfaction

Rate of ER Visits Varies Among the Five Most Populous States

June 27, 2016

And, differences between states in expected source of payment for emergency department visits

AAMC: How to Alleviate the Impending Physician Shortage

June 20, 2016

Steps should be taken to combat the impending physician shortage of between 61,700 and 94,700 doctors that the U.S. is expected to face over the next decade.

AMA Discourages Use of "Smart Drugs"

By June 15, 2016

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the adoption of a new policy discouraging the nonmedical use of prescription drugs for cognitive enhancement in healthy individuals.

How Has a District Policy to Improve Nutrient Beverages in Schools Performed?

March 09, 2016

A policy introducing nutrition standards for competitive beverages can improve the nutritional quality of beverages sold in schools.

Some Clinicians Still Consider Themselves "Vaccine Hesitant"

March 08, 2016

Despite the well-established data demonstrating that pediatric vaccines are life-saving, safe, and effective, significant obstacles remain to their implementation, on both patient and provider levels.

Medicare Should Re-evaluate PET Scan Limits - Study Suggests

February 24, 2016

Many lung and esophageal cancer survivors have positron emission tomography (PET) imaging scans as part of ongoing monitoring, but many of those scans may be unnecessary, according to a study published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Electronic Health Records Need to Offer 'Big Picture', Doctors Say

February 08, 2016

Physicians recently met in Seattle to discuss the difficulties and benefits associated with electronic health records (EHRs) in a third town hall meeting on the subject, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

Health Coverage Improved As Result of Affordable Care Act

January 14, 2016

Hospital reimbursements up, births among young women more often privately covered

AMA: Case Before Supreme Court Threatens Patient Privacy

December 04, 2015

A case before the Supreme Court is potentially threatening patient confidentiality, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

Access to New HCV Txs Being Denied to Almost Half of Medicaid Patients, Here's Why

November 25, 2015

Most common reason for denial was "insufficient information to assess medical need"

Two States to Allow Pharmacists to Prescribe Birth Control

November 24, 2015

Contraceptives prescribed by pharmacists will be covered by insurance

States Encouraging Doctors to Accept Medicaid Expansion

November 17, 2015

Although Medicaid expansion does not work for many docs, states trying to find ways to make it work

Survey Finds 3 in 4 Adults Not Covered for Obesity Treatments

By November 06, 2015

Results from one of the largest studies ever conducted to understand obesity treatment coverage show that 3 out of 4 consumers report they are not covered for necessary, evidence-based obesity treatment services. Findings from the study were presented at ObesityWeek 2015.

New EHR Regulations Released

November 04, 2015

New regulations modify Stage 2 of meaningful use program and finalize requirements for Stage 3

Severe Obesity Costs Medicaid $8 Billion Annually

November 03, 2015

And health care expenses for heaviest adults is nearly $2,000 more a year per patient

Displaying Prices to Providers Seems to Reduce Order Costs

November 02, 2015

Review shows price display decreases aggregate order costs more frequently than order volume