Tag: health care reform

Medicare Hospital Pay ‘Bankruptcy’ Deadline Remains 2026

The estimated trigger date for Medicare to begin to reduce hospital payments remains 2026. Biden administration officials are urging Congress to get to work quickly...

AI Has Long Way to Go to Be Helpful in Patient Care: Expert

Despite scepticism, artificial intelligence (AI) can be a boon for physicians…but some improvements are needed first. Dr John Halamka Notably, AI algorithms need to be...

Religious Healthcare Practitioners Win Injunction on ACA Rules

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction on behalf of religious health care providers who feared the Biden administration would interpret the Affordable Care...

Opioid Prescribing Laws Having an Impact

State laws capping initial opioid prescriptions to 7 days or less have led to a reduction in opioid prescribing, a new analysis of Medicare data...

New Guideline on Adolescent Urticaria

A new guideline from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) recommends omalizumab as an add-on therapy for patients aged 12 to 17...

Idaho Governor Signs Onto Major Abortion-Rights Challenge

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday signed onto an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could...

Moving Forward With HIV Care, Cure, and PrEP

The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed innovations in HIV care and prevention, says Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C, a primary HIV care and HIV preexposure prophylaxis...

Federal Speech Rulings May Prompt HCWs to Call Out Safety Issues

Karen Jo Young wrote a letter to her local newspaper criticizing executives at the hospital where she worked as an activities coordinator, arguing that their actions led...

Costs Watched as Medicaid Managed Care Begins in N. Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After six years of preparations and delays, most of North Carolina’s Medicaid recipients switched over to managed care Thursday with its...

Hospital Prices Must Now Be Transparent for Consumers

A colonoscopy might cost you or your insurer a few hundred dollars — or several thousand, depending on which hospital or insurer you use. Long...

Hospitals, Insurers Invest to Tackle Patients’ Social Needs

PHILADELPHIA — When doctors at a primary care clinic here noticed many of its poorest patients were failing to show up for appointments, they hoped...

Pandemic Swells Medicaid Enrollment to 80 Million People

The pandemic-caused recession and a federal requirement that states keep Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled until the national emergency ends swelled the pool of people in the...

As COVID-19 Crisis Ebbs, Some Seeking 9/11-Style Commission

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. With more than 600,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 and questions still...

A Teachers Union Shaped CDC School Guidance. Is That a Problem?

When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued much-anticipated guidelines for school reopening in February, some critics argued that the nation’s premier health...

Zero-Burnout Practices Often Solo, Physician-Owned

Primary care practices with zero burnout are more often solo practices owned by physicians and practices not involved in transformation initiatives, such as accountable care...

In Previous Year, 70% of Oncologists Reported Sexual Harassment

The first-ever survey of sexual harassment among US oncologists has found that 70% reported incidents from peers and/or supervisors in the previous 12 months. The...

Pandemic Boosts Care for Serious Illnesses at Home

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Late last year, Janet Yetenekian was one of the thousands of...

Medicare for 60-Year-Olds Not Guaranteed to Be a Better Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and progressive Democrats have proposed to lower Medicare’s eligibility age to 60, to help older adults get affordable coverage....

Feds Investigating Telehealth Charges in Upsurge

With telehealth restrictions eased during the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to limit potential exposure to the virus, virtual care has become more common and...

Asian Children Less Likely to Receive ADHD Treatment

A study of US children across ethnic and racial groups found that Asians were least likely to receive therapy for ADHD, compared with white children...

Transgender Resident Speaks Up on Coming Out in Medicine

Evelyn Carroll, MD, had planned on coming out as a transgender woman to her colleagues at the Mayo Clinic for the better part of a...

Feds Let Illinois Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

The federal government has approved a request by Illinois to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage to a full year from the current standard of 60 days....

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...