Healthcare Policy

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.

Discuss advanced care planning with patients

Discuss advanced care planning with patients

Primary care providers and physicians should address advanced care planning with their patients.

Affordable Care Act subsidies upheld by Supreme Court

Affordable Care Act subsidies upheld by Supreme Court

On Thursday, the Supreme Court voted to uphold tax subsidies for Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act.

California votes to reduce vaccine exemptions

California votes to reduce vaccine exemptions

A bill passed in California bans vaccine exemptions due to religious and personal reasons.

Nurse practitioners leading health care 'democratization'

Nurse practitioners leading health care 'democratization'

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Loretta Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, FAAN, FAANPP, pioneer of the nurse practitioner profession, calls on NPs to innovate, invest, and invent.

As the NP profession turns 50, 
full practice authority is a priority

As the NP profession turns 50, 
full practice authority is a priority

Nurse practitioners continue to fight for full practice authority in all 50 states.

Effectively advocating for full physician assistant practice authority

Effectively advocating for full physician assistant practice authority

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Provide congressional representatives with clear, concise information to effectively advocate for expanded practice authority.

Feds revisit mammography guidelines

Feds revisit mammography guidelines

Women in their 40s should make a decision whether or not to receive mammograms every two years after talking about their individual risk factors with their providers.

SCOTUS ruling benefits nurse practitioners

SCOTUS ruling benefits nurse practitioners

The Supreme Court ruling will help reduce restrictions to advance practice medical provider practice.

Primary care visits expected to rise less than 5% post-Affordable Care Act

Primary care visits expected to rise less than 5% post-Affordable Care Act

Estimates suggests that primary-care providers can expect about 70 additional visits a year per year, or slightly more than one visit a week.

Patients, providers deeply divided over Affordable Care Act

Patients, providers deeply divided over Affordable Care Act

While the new Republican majority in Congress has vowed to repeal or rework the law, President Barack Obama has said he would veto any such efforts.

More oversight needed for compounded drugs, says OIG

More oversight needed for compounded drugs, says OIG

The report suggests CMS consider requiring more than 50 practices for accreditors to use to oversee compounded sterile preparations (CSPs).

All patients are equal, and we need to treat them that way

All patients are equal, and we need to treat them that way

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Focusing on physician assistant salary may be contributing to a decrease in compassion for under-served patients.

Use peers, home HIV tests to reach patients at risk

Use peers, home HIV tests to reach patients at risk

Researchers in Oakland, California are leveraging the power of social networks and at-home HIV testing kits to encourage HIV testing.

Can 'concierge medicine' improve primary care?

Can 'concierge medicine' improve primary care?

Direct primary care, or concierge care, increases time spent with individual patients and frees health-care providers from increasing practice costs.

Screening recommendation changes confuse providers, patients

Screening recommendation changes confuse providers, patients

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Do changing recommendations for pap smears and pelvic exams send the wrong message to patients about routine care?

Why was the AAPA MIA on recent SCOTUS decision?

Why was the AAPA MIA on recent SCOTUS decision?

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The AAPA has been notably absent in discussing politically-charged health care issues.

NPs expand access to care, educate patients

NPs expand access to care, educate patients

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Federal and state legislation aimed at boosting primary care infrastructure is aiding nurse practitioner progress.

Elderly population will reach 83.7M by 2050

Elderly population will reach 83.7M by 2050

The number of health care employees will continue to rise as the U.S. senior population increases.

New health secretary to tackle reform hurdles

New health secretary to tackle reform hurdles

Obama's nominee, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will seek to burnish ACA's image amid mid-term election fray.

White House extends ACA enrollment

White House extends ACA enrollment

Applicants need to check a box on HealthCare.gov website to be eligible to extend enrollment deadline.

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