Regulatory Issues

Reasons Why the Affordable Care Act is Wrongly Blamed for Increased Premiums

Reasons Why the Affordable Care Act is Wrongly Blamed for Increased Premiums

If the employer's plan is deemed unaffordable, families and individuals now have the ability to purchase insurance at a lower cost through the ACA marketplace.

FDA to Remove Pain Drug from the Market

FDA to Remove Pain Drug from the Market

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The FDA has requested the removal of reformulated Opana ER (oxymorphone HCl; Endo) from the market.

Concerns Over The American Health Care Act

Concerns Over The American Health Care Act

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act by a narrow margin, even though the Congressional Budget Office had not officially reviewed and reported on the bill's impact.

Multipronged Approach Necessary to Avoid Serious Physician Shortage

Multipronged Approach Necessary to Avoid Serious Physician Shortage

A serious shortage of physicians is expected to hit the United States over the next 10 years unless multi-pronged interventions are undertaken.

Ransomware Attacks in Hospitals

Ransomware Attacks in Hospitals

Hackers are increasingly targeting hospitals, using viruses to lock their computer systems and hold sensitive medical data and other files hostage.

Could the US AIDS Epidemic End by 2025?

Could the US AIDS Epidemic End by 2025?

If certain targets are met, the rate of new HIV infections may be down to 12,000 a year by 2025.

2022 Deadline for States to Meet Medicaid Standards of Care

2022 Deadline for States to Meet Medicaid Standards of Care

Federal standards that mean states will need to deliver care to elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees in home and community-based settings will take effect in 2022.

ACA Replacement: Republicans Face Consensus Challenges Says Policy Expert

ACA Replacement: Republicans Face Consensus Challenges Says Policy Expert

Republicans need to reach a challenging consensus on many difficult points if they want to fulfill President Trump's commitment to provide better coverage with more affordable premiums and lower deductibles.

Cannabis for Medicine: Research and Policies Needed

Cannabis for Medicine: Research and Policies Needed

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Medical marijuana, as a botanical and a scheduled drug does not fit the FDA paradigm for drug approval, a major impediment to its use in research.

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Medicare Prescription Use, Spending

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In states where marijuana is legalized for medicinal purposes, Medicare's prescription drug benefit program has lowered its spending due to reduced prescription drug use.

Can Clinicians Be Misled About FDA 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation?

Can Clinicians Be Misled About FDA 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation?

Many believe meds supported by stronger evidence than the law requires to achieve designation.

American Academy of Pain Management Board Votes to Change Name

American Academy of Pain Management Board Votes to Change Name

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AAPM will be changing its name to the American Academy of Integrative Pain Management in an effort to emphasize its focus on promoting integrative approaches to pain management.

E-Prescribing Associated With Fewer Medication Errors, Adverse Effects

E-Prescribing Associated With Fewer Medication Errors, Adverse Effects

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For practitioners who are interested in implementing an e-prescribing system, Dr Hurford suggests that they seek feedback from colleagues.

FDA Approves Inflectra, a Biosimilar Version of Remicade

FDA Approves Inflectra, a Biosimilar Version of Remicade

For adults with Crohn's, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis.

Assessing Competence of Aging Physicians: Are Guidelines Needed?

Assessing Competence of Aging Physicians: Are Guidelines Needed?

Reps from physician, hospital, patient safety organizations explore need for national guidelines.

Military Medical School Addresses Opioid Epidemic by Incorporating Joint Pain Education Into Curriculum

Military Medical School Addresses Opioid Epidemic by Incorporating Joint Pain Education Into Curriculum

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The F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the USU this week announced the addition of a new pain management program that incorporates joint pain education into its curriculum

FDA Supports Generic Opioids to Be Abuse-Deterrent

FDA Supports Generic Opioids to Be Abuse-Deterrent

One more step to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse.

FDA Announces Enhanced Warning Labels on Opioid Pain Medications

FDA Announces Enhanced Warning Labels on Opioid Pain Medications

New labeling rules mostly aimed at immediate-release versions of opioids.

Physicians Respond Positively to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Physicians Respond Positively to New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Mainly supportive of guidelines, but concerns include lack of evidence underlying recommendations.

Should Powdered Medical Gloves Be Banned in US?

Should Powdered Medical Gloves Be Banned in US?

Side effects include airway and wound inflammation, agency says.

CDC Releases Guideline for PCPs Prescribing Opioids to Patients With Chronic Pain

CDC Releases Guideline for PCPs Prescribing Opioids to Patients With Chronic Pain

The CDC has issued guidelines for primary care providers who prescribe opioids for chronic pain.

Does Suppression of Substance Abuse Claims Impact Diagnoses?

Does Suppression of Substance Abuse Claims Impact Diagnoses?

CMS suppression of claims linked to immediate decline in inpatient rates of related comorbidities.

Negotiating Higher Rates From Payers

Negotiating Higher Rates From Payers

Compiling the information needed to approach insurance companies is time consuming.

Privacy Concerns for Health Care Apps?

Privacy Concerns for Health Care Apps?

Many have no policies, and may share data with third parties, researchers say.

Does Confronting Clinicians About Overprescribing Encourage Change?

Does Confronting Clinicians About Overprescribing Encourage Change?

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Letters were sent to physicians who were found to be prescribing addictive drugs such as opioids 400% more than colleagues.

Anesthesiologists Managing Chronic Pain: Continuing Education Needed

Anesthesiologists Managing Chronic Pain: Continuing Education Needed

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Opportunities for education focused on improvement in clinical knowledge and skill are needed as more specialists participate in multidisciplinary teams to assist in the management of chronic pain.

American Pain Society Releases New Guidelines on Postoperative Pain

American Pain Society Releases New Guidelines on Postoperative Pain

Care plan should be tailored to the individual and type of surgical procedure involved.

Pennsylvania Physicians Concerned With Increasing Cost of Generics

Pennsylvania Physicians Concerned With Increasing Cost of Generics

Pennsylvania docs call for state- and national-level medical associations to address issue.

FDA Approves New Sumatriptan Treatments for Migraine

FDA Approves New Sumatriptan Treatments for Migraine

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Both formulations offer an alternative delivery of the active drug ingredient.

Zika: CDC Bumps Up EOC to Level 1 Activation

Zika: CDC Bumps Up EOC to Level 1 Activation

The CDC this week announced that it is moving its emergency operations center to Level 1 activation in order to enhance its response to the Zika virus outbreak across the country.

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