Tag: health care access

California Cancer Patients Get a Bill of Rights, but Has No Teeth

Both houses of the California State Legislature have unanimously approved a Cancer Patients’ Bill of Rights resolution, but it has no force of law. The...

Achieving a ‘New Sexual-Health Paradigm’ Means Expanding STI Care

A vital aspect of expanding access and care for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States is broadening responsibility for this care across the...

Limited English Proficiency Linked With Less Healthcare

Adults with limited English skills receive far less health care than do those proficient in English, according to a new study in Health Affairs. Jessica...

Almost Half of Patients With Migraine Reluctant to Seek Care

Almost 50% of patients with migraine hesitate to seek appropriate care, new research shows. A survey of nearly 18,000 participants with migraine showed that 46%...

In a Possible First, Primary Care Practice Opens in Cancer Center

Dr Nicholas Petrelli Patients with cancer will now be offered primary care in the same place as they have their cancer treatment and management, in...

Cancellation of Care Came Mostly From Patients Early in Pandemic

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Even during the panic of the first wave of COVID-19 last spring,...

Progress and Challenges in US Perinatal HBV Prevention Program

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The United States has made progress in identifying infants born to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive women and getting them...

New Tools Allow Patients With Chronic Conditions to Stay Home

From diabetes to attention deficit, home-based health management tools kept patients and clinicians connected during 2020 in ways that likely will last beyond pandemic lockdown....

Shared Medical Appointments May Bridge the Opioid Treatment Gap

Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are an acceptable way to receive treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), new research suggests. In a survey study, participants attending...

Thousands of Doctors’ Offices Buckle Under Financial Stress

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.   Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives...

EU Plans Easier Access to Generics in Potential Blow to Big Drugmakers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission wants to make it easier for patients to access cheaper, generic medicines, a draft EU document seen by Reuters...

HCV Care Can Learn a Thing or Two From the HIV Experience

Individuals living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection face several challenges in accessing care, many of which are shared by patients in the HIV community....

Don’t Miss Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Transgender Patients

Cardiovascular disease risk is elevated among transgender individuals seeking gender-affirming hormone therapy, according to a retrospective study in 427 patients. The transgender population often experiences...

HHS Extends Deadline for Patient Access to Your Clinical Notes

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today extended the deadline for healthcare groups to provide patients with immediate electronic access to their...

Opinion: Bailout US Cancer Care

Dr Randall A. Oyer Many independent oncology practices struggled to make ends meet before COVID-19 ran roughshod over the US economy and health system. Now...

California Joins Movement to Give NPs Practice Autonomy

The national movement to grant nurse practitioners (NPs) greater autonomy reached critical mass this week when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will...

Post-COVID Clinics Create a One-stop Shop for Patients

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Clarence Troutman survived a two-month hospital stay with COVID-19, then went...

Post-PCI Mortality Higher in Blacks vs Whites, Comorbidities Aside

A combined analysis of 10 prospective trials, intended to shed light on racial disparities in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) outcomes, saw sharply higher risks of...

Physician Shortage Grows in Latest Projections

Fifteen-year projections for the shortage of primary care and specialty physicians in the United States grew to between 54,000 and 139,000 in the latest annual...

Do We See Black Patients Differently?

Americans are waking up. The pandemic, which is disproportionately affecting Black Americans, has laid bare health and racial disparities that have been long documented for...

US Rural Stroke Care: Still Room for Improvement

Rural areas in the United States are beginning to close gaps in acute stroke care but disparities in revascularization and outcomes between rural and urban...

COVID Latest Threat to Weakened Rural Health Care

To save money, more than half of rural hospitals nationally have furloughed or laid off staff, including Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, IN; St....

Trending Clinical Topic: Cancer and COVID-19

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: MAY 01, 2020 –News about the prevalence of cancer among patients with COVID-19 and concerns...

Six Million Childhood Cancer Deaths Could Be Prevented

Unless global investments are made to improve care worldwide, 11.1 million children will die from cancer over the next 30 years; 9.3 million of them...

CMS Loosens Telehealth, Clinician Scope-of-Practice Rules

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. To boost the capacity of frontline clinicians and facilities to fight...