Tag: health care reform

Rheumatology Smoking Cessation Referral Program Finds Success

A new protocol designed to help patients in rheumatology clinics quit smoking proved both efficient and effective in referring willing participants to free tobacco quit...

Docs Suffer From Noncompete Clauses: Any Hope for Change?

When Traci Purath, MD, a Wisconsin neurologist, decided to leave the health system where she worked and go into private practice in 2012, she faced...

Beating the Pavement to Vaccinate the Underrepresented

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Leonor Garcia held her clipboard close to her chest and rapped...

Millennials Turning to Telehealth, Online Research

The internet is often the first place many of us go to find information, whether it’s about hotels, music, or furniture. And health guidance is...

Don’t Stop Osteoporosis Meds for COVID-19 Vaccines, Say Experts

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for patients taking osteoporosis medications,...

Children’s Hospitals Grapple With Young COVID ‘Long Haulers’

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A slumber party to celebrate Delaney DePue’s 15th birthday last summer...

Opioid Use Common for Pain in Multiple Sclerosis

With chronic pain common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS), approximately 20% of patients report opioid use ― despite warnings that the drugs are generally...

Hepatotoxicity Risk Differs Between Psoriasis, PsA, and RA Patients

Patients taking methotrexate for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) were at a higher risk of developing liver disease than were patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...

Contrary to Popular Belief, Insulin Can Be Stored Outside Fridge

Insulin may be more heat-stable during 28 days of use than current labeling suggests, a new study indicates. Instructions on insulin vials or pens indicate...

Healthcare Stakeholders Agree on Universal Coverage Plan

In an unprecedented pact among healthcare stakeholders, associations representing physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, and employers have agreed to pursue universal coverage through market-based solutions that...

Medicare Cuts Payment to 774 Hospitals Over Patient Complications

The federal government has penalized 774 hospitals for having the highest rates of patient infections or other potentially avoidable medical complications. Those hospitals, which include some of...

As Contact Tracing Struggles, Biden Looks to Boost It

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Contact tracing, a critical part of efforts to slow the spread...

Using AI, Mobile ECG Aims to Expand QTc Screening Horizons

Mobile electrocardiography (mECG) devices can go places a standard 12-lead electrocardiography system can’t, with fewer technicians in tow, but it doesn’t have the same functionality...

Politicians May Be Guilty of ‘Social Murder’ in COVID Response

Should anybody be blamed and punished for 2.2 million COVID-related deaths in the world?  An editorial in an influential British medical journal says politicians who...

Biden Nixes Buprenorphine Waiver, Docs Disappointed

The Biden administration has halted a Trump administration initiative that would have allowed more physicians to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD). Under the...

Vaccine Effective vs COVID Variants

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As mutated strains of the coronavirus represent new threats in the...

New CDC Head Discusses Timeline for Vaccine Rollout

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The new CDC director gave an overview of the Biden administration’s...

Vaccination Appointments Canceled as States Run Low on Doses

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As states ramp up their vaccination efforts, some say they’re running...

Biden Asks Surgeon General Adams to Resign

  Dr Jerome Adams In one of his first moves as president, Joe Biden asked US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, to resign. Adams...

HHS Will Drop Buprenorphine Waiver Rule for Most Physicians

Federal officials on Thursday announced a plan to largely drop the so-called X-waiver requirement for buprenorphine prescriptions for physicians in a bid to remove an...

New Trump Administration Policies for FDA Under Fire

The Trump administration is making attempts in its final days to weaken regulation of medical products, say watchdog groups. The Department of Health and Human...

White House Being Deep Cleaned Before Inauguration

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Because of COVID-19 outbreaks that occurred at White House events under...

Biden’s First Order of Business May Be to Undo Trump’s Policies

The party split in Congress is so slim that, even with Democrats technically in the majority, passing major health care legislation will be extremely difficult....

Feds to Start Using Pharmacies to Ramp Up Administration of Vaccines

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The federal government is turning to private pharmacies to administer COVID-19...

A Crush of Patients, Dwindling Supplies, and the Nurse Who Lost Hope

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Nurse Kristen Cline outside the VA hospital in Sioux Falls, South...