Healthcare Policy

Universal Purchase Programs in the United States May Not Effectively Increase Vaccination Rates

Universal Purchase Programs in the United States May Not Effectively Increase Vaccination Rates

Using state- and individual-level data from the 1995-2014 National Immunization Survey, the effect of a state's Universal Purchase adoption on vaccination rates was estimated.

1996 to 2013 Saw Large Increase in Diabetes Spending

1996 to 2013 Saw Large Increase in Diabetes Spending

Increased spending per encounter has been the biggest driver of overall rise in spending.

New AAP Policy on Patient Dismissal for Vaccine Refusal May "Erode Solidarity" Among Pediatricians

New AAP Policy on Patient Dismissal for Vaccine Refusal May "Erode Solidarity" Among Pediatricians

Others have argued that dismissal is ethically problematic because it can deprive children of comprehensive pediatric care and undermine public health.

Should Clinicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Clinicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

Intensive Management Program Benefits High-Risk Patients

Intensive Management Program Benefits High-Risk Patients

Use of an intensive management program for high-risk patients is associated with greater receipt of outpatient care with no increase in total costs.

Preoperative Testing, Management: Addressing a Potential Hospitalist NP Gap

Preoperative Testing, Management: Addressing a Potential Hospitalist NP Gap

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Hospitalist NPs are key to successfully implementing Society of Hospital Medicine guidelines for preoperative testing and management.

NAPNAP, Nursing Coalition Community Oppose Border Separation of Children From Families

NAPNAP, Nursing Coalition Community Oppose Border Separation of Children From Families

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NAPNAP has called on the US Department of Homeland Security, in collaboration with the Justice Department, to protect the health and wellness of immigrant children by voicing their opposition to the border separation of children and parents.

Recommendations Developed for Improving Women's Health Care

Recommendations Developed for Improving Women's Health Care

Recommendations focus on policies to improve health outcomes, including training for clinicians

CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in US in 2017

CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in US in 2017

Five percent of children uninsured in 2017, 41.3 and 55.0% had public and private coverage.

FDA: Social Media Companies Are Not Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

FDA: Social Media Companies Are Not Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

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FDA has called on social media companies and internet service providers to take a proactive approach in curbing online selling of opioids through their platforms.

Number of IUD Insertions Increases After ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Number of IUD Insertions Increases After ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Increase in use depends on the amount of reduction in out-of-pocket costs

CVS unintentionally reveals HIV status of 6,000 customers, per lawsuit

CVS unintentionally reveals HIV status of 6,000 customers, per lawsuit

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CVS Health faces lawsuit for revealing the HIV status of 6,000 patients in Ohio.

Administrative costs, provider salaries, and pharmaceutical prices drive higher healthcare spending in the United States

Administrative costs, physician and nurse salaries, and pharmaceutical prices are higher in the U.S. compared to other highly developed countries.

AANP President Calls for Policy Change for In-Flight Medical Emergencies

AANP President Calls for Policy Change for In-Flight Medical Emergencies

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A letter from AANP President Joyce Knestrick addresses an in-flight health emergency in which an NP was not permitted to properly treat a passenger in distress.

Law Allows PAs to Provide Hospice Care to Medicare Patients

Law Allows PAs to Provide Hospice Care to Medicare Patients

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Congress signed into law two improvements to Medicare that will impact the physician assistant profession.

Optimizing pediatric health between pediatricians and public health professionals: AAP recommendations

Optimizing pediatric health between pediatricians and public health professionals: AAP recommendations

In a policy statement Pediatrics , recommendations are presented for increasing cooperation between pediatricians and public health professionals in order to ensure optimal health for children.

Congress urged to reverse CMS clinician payment policy

Congress urged to reverse CMS clinician payment policy

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Healthcare organizations are calling on Congress to reverse the new CMS policy that has the potential to jeopardize patient access to Part B drug therapies.

AHA outlines concerns against the Senate tax reform bill

AHA outlines concerns against the Senate tax reform bill

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The American Heart Association has released a statement detailing their concerns about the tax reform bill.

Accountable Care Organizations: Do they save money?

Accountable Care Organizations: Do they save money?

ACOs have potential for success in improving the quality of and access to care, and these models promise to provide sustainable reform of healthcare costs for the future.

US spending on health care substantially increases, led by diabetes, ischemic heart disease

US spending on health care substantially increases, led by diabetes, ischemic heart disease

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Spending on diabetes, IHD, and lower back and neck pain account for the highest amounts of spending by disease category.

Oregon becomes first state to offer birth control without a prescription

Oregon becomes first state to offer birth control without a prescription

Starting January 1, the state of Oregon no longer requires a prescription for birth control for women 18 years of age and older.

States attempting to improve recent Medicaid expansion coverage

States attempting to improve recent Medicaid expansion coverage

Over the next few years, more states will work to make the recent Medicaid expansion work for clinicians.

Accountable care organizations can reduce low-value service use

Accountable care organizations can reduce low-value service use

During its first year, the Pioneer accountable care organization reduced the use of low-value services.

Indiana's 15-year-old malpractice cap under scrutiny

Indiana's 15-year-old malpractice cap under scrutiny

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Indiana's medical malpractice cap of $1.25 million will be reviewed this month.

Responses to changes in healthcare technology are mixed

Responses to changes in healthcare technology are mixed

Primary care providers are generally positive on how healthcare technology affects quality of care, negative on how it affects performance assessment.

Court ruling eases insurers' ability to terminate clinicians from their network

Court ruling eases insurers' ability to terminate clinicians from their network

Court supports insurance company in termination of clinicians after dispute regarding necessity of services.

Health insurance should cover primary care inpatient consultations, says AAFP

Health insurance should cover primary care inpatient consultations, says AAFP

Health insurance companies should considering paying PCP for inpatient consulting services.

Medicare, Medicaid may pay for end-of-life counseling

Medicare, Medicaid may pay for end-of-life counseling

A proposal from the CMS may make end-of-life counseling sessions covered under insurance.

As many as 20% of hospitals reject policies to reduce errors

As many as 20% of hospitals reject policies to reduce errors

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Many hospitals are unwilling to adopt policies that can reduce errors.

Wisconsin malpractice claims lowest of any state

Wisconsin malpractice claims lowest of any state

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Wisconsin has the lowest medical malpractice claims in the country, which may be due to caps on noneconomic damages.

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