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FDA Transparency on Drug Applications

FDA Transparency on Drug Applications

The FDA has the ability within its governing laws to reveal to the public the reasons for its decisions to reject or approve drugs.

Infection Prevention Staffing Needs May Be Underestimated

Infection Prevention Staffing Needs May Be Underestimated

A comprehensive assessment of health care organization composition and structure is necessary before determining infection preventionist staffing needs.

The Harmful Application of HIPAA: How to Protect Privacy and Patient Care

The Harmful Application of HIPAA: How to Protect Privacy and Patient Care

Despite good intentions, HIPAA is shrouded in myth and misapplication that does more harm than good for both patients and physicians.

Trials Supporting FDA Approval of Breakthrough Drugs Examined

Trials Supporting FDA Approval of Breakthrough Drugs Examined

Pivotal trials supporting U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvals granted Breakthrough Therapy designation often lack randomization, double-blinding, and control groups.

CMS Physician Payment and Policy Changes Proposed for 2019

CMS Physician Payment and Policy Changes Proposed for 2019

CMS issued a proposal to update payment policies, quality provisions, and payment rates for services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2019.

Trump Administration Proposes Reorganization of FDA, USDA

Trump Administration Proposes Reorganization of FDA, USDA

The White House says this shift will address the "fragmented federal oversight" of food safety and public health.

EHR With Voice Recognition Features May Reduce Clinician Fatigue

EHR With Voice Recognition Features May Reduce Clinician Fatigue

Yale Medicine is effectively targeting electronic health record use and functionality as a way to improve physician job satisfaction and reduce burnout.

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Understanding patients' complaints about practice can be instructive for physicians.

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

Mining Patient Emergency Contact Data for Medical Research Raises Ethical Questions

Being someone's emergency contact may mean even more as researchers use this information to study the heritability of various conditions.

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Transparency in Clinical Trials

Standardized Funder Policies Will Improve Transparency in Clinical Trials

Research findings suggest the need for greater adherence to a standardized set of policies aimed at improving transparency among clinical trial funders.

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Access Clinician for Consultation

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Access Clinician for Consultation

Results - including the date you were checked and a list of what you were checked for - can be shared by users through text, e-mail or on dating profiles.

Idaho Pharmacists Able to Prescribe Certain Medications on July 1

Idaho Pharmacists Able to Prescribe Certain Medications on July 1

The new rule allows pharmacists to prescribe medications for cold sores, seasonal influenza, strep throat, and urinary tract infections, as well as statins for patients with diabetes.

AMA Policy Addresses Ongoing National Drug Shortages

AMA Policy Addresses Ongoing National Drug Shortages

At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, physicians adopted policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis.

Healthy Research Volunteers Require a Unique, Specific Compensation Model

Healthy Research Volunteers Require a Unique, Specific Compensation Model

Volunteers for clinical research are "renting" out their bodies to help discover how the human body reacts to a device, drug, or therapeutic strategy.

FDA Expanded Access Programs Improve Drug Availability

FDA Expanded Access Programs Improve Drug Availability

Over the past two decades, close to 100 U.S. FDA-approved drugs and biologics were made available before FDA approval through expanded access programs.

CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide

CVS Pharmacy Launches Prescription Delivery Service Nationwide

CVS Pharmacy is now offering home delivery nationwide for prescription drugs, for a service charge of $4.99.

Human Challenge Studies in Infectious Disease: Despite Need for Rigorous Oversight, Studies Are Vital

Human Challenge Studies in Infectious Disease: Despite Need for Rigorous Oversight, Studies Are Vital

Barriers to challenge studies include ethical guidelines indicating that the generation of scientific knowledge should never supersede the rights and interests of research subjects.

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

Patients' Preferences for Physician Attire Linked to Perception of Care

To investigate whether physician attire can affect a patient's experience, researchers performed a cross-sectional study on 10 academic hospitals spanning the 4 main geographical regions of the US.

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Online physician reviews tend to be skewed positively.

Ethical Dilemmas Vary Based on Physician Professional Values, Social Regulations

Ethical Dilemmas Vary Based on Physician Professional Values, Social Regulations

Study investigators asked physicians whether they perceived specific clinical examples as an ethical dilemma.

Older Adults Often Reluctant to Set Up Secure Patient Portal

Older Adults Often Reluctant to Set Up Secure Patient Portal

About half of older adults report having set up a patient portal.

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

The American College of Physicians has released 7 position statements supporting equality in healthcare for women.

Most Premature Infants Receive Early Antibiotics

Most Premature Infants Receive Early Antibiotics

Most premature infants receive empirical antibiotic therapy.

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

Best Practices Developed for Use of EHR to Enhance Patient Care

Best practices have been developed for using electronic health records to enhance patient-centered care.

Nonprofit Manufacturer Could Keep Generic Drug Costs Down

Nonprofit Manufacturer Could Keep Generic Drug Costs Down

A nonprofit manufacturer could help keep generic drug prices down and maintain their supply.

Study IDs Unintended Consequence of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Study IDs Unintended Consequence of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

All of these studies, however, had methodological shortcomings (ie, inadequate adjustment for time-invariant; time-varying confounding factors; no adjustment for competing laws/policies that may have affected overdoses).

ACP: Shifting Focus to Social Determinants of Health Can Improve Patient Care

ACP: Shifting Focus to Social Determinants of Health Can Improve Patient Care

The ACP is focusing its efforts on improving health outcomes through the assessment of patients' social determinants of health.

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

While overall gender diversity has improved in the healthcare profession, female physicians are still paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

Medicare Requiring Hospitals to Post Prices Online

Medicare Requiring Hospitals to Post Prices Online

This change results in the elimination of 25 total measures across the 5 programs with well over 2 million burden hours reduced for hospital providers effected by the Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule, saving them $75 million.

Lower Antibiotic Prescribing Rates Linked to Integrative Medicine Training

Lower Antibiotic Prescribing Rates Linked to Integrative Medicine Training

Additional treatment strategies for common primary care infections used by integrative medicine general practitioners should be explored to see if they could be used to assist in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Trends in Health Care Spending and Use Among Americans

Trends in Health Care Spending and Use Among Americans

Americans under age 65 years who were insured through their employer spent more than ever before on health care in 2016.

Patient Care Would Improve With 24-Hour Primary Care Clinics

Patient Care Would Improve With 24-Hour Primary Care Clinics

A 24-hour primary care clinic with multiple doctors offering round-the-clock care would actualize better and more sustainable care.

Many Physicians Continue to Work When Sick

Many Physicians Continue to Work When Sick

Many physicians continue working and caring for patients while they are sick.

Medical Societies Urge Congress to Halt Changes to Critical Part B Therapies

Medical Societies Urge Congress to Halt Changes to Critical Part B Therapies

Eleven medical societies are calling on Congress to preserve patient access to Part B therapies.

Significant Risk of Burnout in US Surgical Residents

Significant Risk of Burnout in US Surgical Residents

Burnout in surgical residents is linked to depression and suicidal ideation.

Mortality Rates Higher Among Weekend Hospital Admission

Mortality Rates Higher Among Weekend Hospital Admission

Hospital inpatients admitted during weekends may have a higher mortality rate compared with inpatients admitted during the weekdays.

ED Drills Assess Hospital Response to Communicable Disease

ED Drills Assess Hospital Response to Communicable Disease

A series of mystery patient drills was used to assess the emergency department response to patients with communicable disease of public health concern in New York City.

Tips for Preventing Medical Practice Billing Errors

Tips for Preventing Medical Practice Billing Errors

Certain strategies can help to prevent medical practice billing errors.

Forty Percent of Patients Report a Disconnect in Medical Care

Forty Percent of Patients Report a Disconnect in Medical Care

About 40% of patients reported a breakdown in their care, including information exchange, delays in admission, team communication, and discharge.

Early Career Teacher Burnout May Be Linked to Social Network Use

Early Career Teacher Burnout May Be Linked to Social Network Use

Social networking use for early career teachers is associated with increased burnout levels.

Clear Guidelines Needed for Recordings of Medical Encounters

Clear Guidelines Needed for Recordings of Medical Encounters

Patients recording medical encounters is becoming a trend.

Medicaid Enrollees Largely Satisfied With Their Health Care

Medicaid Enrollees Largely Satisfied With Their Health Care

Medicaid enrollees are satisfied with their health care according to a recent research letter.

Health Service Expenditures Increase but Utilization Remains Unchanged

Health Service Expenditures Increase but Utilization Remains Unchanged

The utilization of health services have not been changed, however, expenditures have increased.

US Health Uninsurance Rises by 2 Million

US Health Uninsurance Rises by 2 Million

The number of American adults without health insurance has increased by about 2 million so far this year.

AMA Urges Physicians to Update Online Information

AMA Urges Physicians to Update Online Information

The AMA is urging physicians to take advantage of the Internet and update their online information.

Emphasis on Patient Harm Increases Physician Support of Financial Penalties

Emphasis on Patient Harm Increases Physician Support of Financial Penalties

Physicians who receive information about patient harms are more likely to support financial penalties targeting inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.

High-Deductible Health Plans Rising Among Employer-Sponsored Coverage

High-Deductible Health Plans Rising Among Employer-Sponsored Coverage

High-deductible health plans are becoming more common among US adult with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage.

Proposed Bill Repeals Ban on Construction of Physician-Owned Hospitals

Proposed Bill Repeals Ban on Construction of Physician-Owned Hospitals

A new bill introduced to the House of Representatives would repeal the law banning the construction of physician-owned hospitals.

Does Physician Age Contribute to Patient Outcomes?

Does Physician Age Contribute to Patient Outcomes?

Patients have a higher 30-day mortality when treated by older physicians compared to patients treated by younger physicians.

Medication Nonadherence May be Due to Side Effects in Chronic Disease

Medication Nonadherence May be Due to Side Effects in Chronic Disease

Data cited unpleasant side effects as the only statistically significant factor that influenced medication nonadherence in patients with chronic diseases.

Teaching vs Non-Teaching Hospitals: Mortality Rates Compared

Teaching vs Non-Teaching Hospitals: Mortality Rates Compared

Major teaching hospital status was associated with lower mortality rates for common conditions compared with non-teaching hospitals among hospitalizations for US Medicare beneficiaries.

Nearly 23 Million People Could Lose Insurance Under the AHCA

Nearly 23 Million People Could Lose Insurance Under the AHCA

The American health Care Act will lead 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance coverage.

Substantial Proportion of US Physicians Receive Payments From Industry

Substantial Proportion of US Physicians Receive Payments From Industry

Half of United States doctors received payments from pharmaceutical and medical device industries in 2015.

Online Health Information Lowers Parental Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

Online Health Information Lowers Parental Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

Online health information can change a parent's views on advice given from a pediatrician.

TV Ads During ACA Enrollment Period Increased Insurance Coverage

TV Ads During ACA Enrollment Period Increased Insurance Coverage

A decline of uninsurance rates occurred with the increase of insurance advertisements during the first Affordable Care Act enrollment period.

No Significant Increases in State Spending Due to ACA Medicaid Expansion

No Significant Increases in State Spending Due to ACA Medicaid Expansion

No significant increases in spending from state funds as a result of the expansion, nor any significant reductions in spending on education or other programs.

What Behaviors of ICU Attending Physicians Do Residents Value?

What Behaviors of ICU Attending Physicians Do Residents Value?

Behaviors, such as expression of empathy, explanation of clinical reasoning, and qualities of professionalism, were commonly seen in esteemed teaching attending physicians.

Physicians Spend Equal Hours on Computer Work as Meeting With Patients

Physicians Spend Equal Hours on Computer Work as Meeting With Patients

Physicians devoted 3.08 hours a day to face-to-face office visits (average 15 minutes each) and 3.17 hours to desktop medicine, according to study.

Health Literacy Tools Help Promote Shared Decision Making

Health Literacy Tools Help Promote Shared Decision Making

Use of the health literacy tool kit created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality promotes patient-clinician communication and shared decision making.

Responding to Online Reviews Can Result in HIPAA Violation

Responding to Online Reviews Can Result in HIPAA Violation

Physician responses to negative health care reviews could potentially result in a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violation.

Cost-related Behaviors are Imprinted on Physicians in Training

Cost-related Behaviors are Imprinted on Physicians in Training

Physicians practicing in low-cost hospital service areas (HSAs) were more likely to have trained in low-cost HSAs, and those practicing in high-cost HSAs were more likely to have trained in high-cost HSAs.

ACP: Reduce Administrative Burden for Better Patient Care

ACP: Reduce Administrative Burden for Better Patient Care

The American College of Physicians published a position paper with recommendations to reduce administrative burden on clinicians.

Rate of Paid Malpractice Claims Decreased by Half in US

Rate of Paid Malpractice Claims Decreased by Half in US

Mean compensation amounts and the percentage of paid claims exceeding $1 million increased, with wide differences in rates and characteristics across specialties.

CMS Proposes Rule Changes to Increase Health Insurance Choices

CMS Proposes Rule Changes to Increase Health Insurance Choices

The new rule proposes a variety of policy and operational changes to stabilize the healthcare insurance marketplace.

Undocumented Immigrants Unable to Get Adequate End-of-Life Care

Undocumented Immigrants Unable to Get Adequate End-of-Life Care

Two U.S. studies find that undocumented immigrants are unable to get adequate dialysis and end-of-life care.

Majority of PCPs Oppose Complete Repeal of Obamacare

Majority of PCPs Oppose Complete Repeal of Obamacare

PCPs strongly endorse key elements of the ACA and only 15% want the law completely repealed.

Higher Drug Prices Driven By FDA Regulation

Higher Drug Prices Driven By FDA Regulation

Follow-on drugs can take up to 15 years to research, develop, and obtain approval due to regulatory barriers.

ACA Increased Coverage, Access for Patients With Chronic Disease

ACA Increased Coverage, Access for Patients With Chronic Disease

ACA increased coverage and access for persons with chronic disease, however, substantial gaps remain for minorities.

Implementing Sepsis Guidelines Improves ED Outcomes

Implementing Sepsis Guidelines Improves ED Outcomes

Sepsis guidelines improve assessment, recognition, and management of patients with sepsis at emergency departments.

US Election: ACP Asks Congress to Spare the Affordable Care Act

US Election: ACP Asks Congress to Spare the Affordable Care Act

The American College of Physicians penned a letter asking Congress to reconsider repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Quality and Safety Negatively Associated With Provider Burnout

Quality and Safety Negatively Associated With Provider Burnout

Greater burnout is associated with worse quality health care and decreased patient safety.

US Spending on Personal and Public Healthcare Continues to Soar

US Spending on Personal and Public Healthcare Continues to Soar

Substantial increases from 1996 through 2013 seen in US spending on personal health care and public health.

Older Adults Willing to Use Tablet Computers in the ER

Older Adults Willing to Use Tablet Computers in the ER

Older adults in the emergency department are willing to provide information using a tablet computer, but many still need assistance.

Searching for Price Information Influences Choice of Health Care Facility

Searching for Price Information Influences Choice of Health Care Facility

Patients who viewed price estimates chose health care facilities with lower relative price estimates.

Global Burden of Disease Reports on Life Expectancy Rates

Global Burden of Disease Reports on Life Expectancy Rates

United States trails other wealthy nations in life expectancy.

Even With Errors, Reviewers More Likely to Accept Single-Blind Manuscripts

Even With Errors, Reviewers More Likely to Accept Single-Blind Manuscripts

Reviewers more likely to recommend acceptance when prestigious names and institutions were visible.

Capping Drug Costs Will Increase Premiums, Raise Drug Prices

Capping Drug Costs Will Increase Premiums, Raise Drug Prices

Proposals to cap drug-cost sharing could lead to higher drug prices and higher premiums.

Safety-Net Hospitals Show Improvement With Medicare's HRRP

Safety-Net Hospitals Show Improvement With Medicare's HRRP

Readmission for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia reduced in the first 3 years of Medicare's HRRP.

Deeper Connections With Patients Leads to More Job Satisfaction

Deeper Connections With Patients Leads to More Job Satisfaction

Practicing empathetic listening with patients, leads to greater professional satisfaction and joy.

Report Adverse Events and Medical Products Problems to the FDA Using MedWatch Minute

Report Adverse Events and Medical Products Problems to the FDA Using MedWatch Minute

Short video on MedWatch Minute, the FDA's reporting and digital delivery network.

Average Premiums for Health Care Coverage Remained Stable in 2016

Average Premiums for Health Care Coverage Remained Stable in 2016

No change in share of firms offering health benefits.

What Factors Contribute to High Prescription Drug Costs in the US?

What Factors Contribute to High Prescription Drug Costs in the US?

Peer-reviewed health policy literature was used to assess the cause of rising prescription drug prices.

ACA: More Americans Able to Afford Prescriptions

ACA: More Americans Able to Afford Prescriptions

Although improvement has been notable, millions still struggle with rising prescription costs.

Video: What is the Best Way to Encourage Future ID Physicians?

Video: What is the Best Way to Encourage Future ID Physicians?

Planting a seed early on about what you enjoy and what you don't will get them thinking about a career in infectious diseases.

Study: Medicaid Expansion Under ACA Did Not Change Hospital LOS, Mortality

Study: Medicaid Expansion Under ACA Did Not Change Hospital LOS, Mortality

Findings in general medicine patients discharged from academic medical centers.

Incentive Payments Not Linked With Improved Quality of Care

Incentive Payments Not Linked With Improved Quality of Care

Incentive payments to primary care physicians for providing comprehensive care to medically complex patients did not improve quality of care.

Proportion of Hospitals Offering Language Services Growing

Proportion of Hospitals Offering Language Services Growing

Percentage of hospitals offering language services increases with level of need

Total Drug Expenditures Projected to Increase in 2016

Total Drug Expenditures Projected to Increase in 2016

In nonfederal hospitals, growth in spending mainly due to increased prices for existing drugs.

Differences Noted in Salary for Male, Female Faculty Physicians

Differences Noted in Salary for Male, Female Faculty Physicians

Significant differences seen even after accounting for age, experience, specialty, faculty rank.

2017 Will Likely Bring Premium Rate Increases Under Affordable Care Act

2017 Will Likely Bring Premium Rate Increases Under Affordable Care Act

Experts say increases will mostly affect people who get modest subsidies or no financial assistance.

Genetic Tests May Facilitate Diagnosis of CNS Infections

Genetic Tests May Facilitate Diagnosis of CNS Infections

Genetic sequencing of inflamed brain tissue helped scientists determine cause of damage in many cases.

Remaining Uninsured May Prove Difficult to Reach Via ACA

Remaining Uninsured May Prove Difficult to Reach Via ACA

Reaching the remaining uninsured may be difficult due to lack of Medicaid expansion on the state level.

Many Americans Express Reservations About Clinical Trials

Many Americans Express Reservations About Clinical Trials

Only 40% had favorable view of these studies, but number rose when they received more information.

Health Coaches Can Help Boost Patient Engagement

Health Coaches Can Help Boost Patient Engagement

In Asian community health center patients understand their treatment and are actively engaged.

Lack of Job Satisfaction Driving Physicians to Reduce Hours

Lack of Job Satisfaction Driving Physicians to Reduce Hours

Full-time physicians reporting worsening burnout or decreasing job satisfaction more likely to cut hours.

Study Reveals Variation in Accuracy of Laboratory Blood Testing Results

Study Reveals Variation in Accuracy of Laboratory Blood Testing Results

More than half of the blood tests analyzed from LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, and Theranos showed significant differences.

Study Identifies Characteristics of Profitable Hospitals

Study Identifies Characteristics of Profitable Hospitals

The characteristics of profitable hospitals include for-profit status, higher mark-up, system affiliation, and regional power.

Good Physician Leaders May Help Counteract Burnout

Good Physician Leaders May Help Counteract Burnout

Leadership ratings strongly linked to employee burnout and satisfaction.

Report Discusses Health Care Costs in Europe, United States

Report Discusses Health Care Costs in Europe, United States

Main reason for price difference is national system that negotiates with medical providers.

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