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SCOTUS Decision: States Can't Force Health Care Data Release

SCOTUS Decision: States Can't Force Health Care Data Release

Supreme Court rules states can't force health insurers to turn over data.

2016 Adult Immunization Schedule Gets Green Light

2016 Adult Immunization Schedule Gets Green Light

Changes to schedule for HPV, pneumococcal, and meningococcal vaccines.

Will Health Care Legislation Change This Year?

Will Health Care Legislation Change This Year?

Bipartisan issues could be on agenda, including elimination of proposed tax on medical devices.

Scope-Related Infections Even Higher Than Previously Thought

Scope-Related Infections Even Higher Than Previously Thought

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said contaminated duodenoscopes were associated with 142 patient infections.

National Action Plan Addresses Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

National Action Plan Addresses Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Officials with IDSA urge "specific benchmarks" for treating and preventing spread of MDR-TB.

Higher Hospital Prices Noted in U.S. 'Monopoly Markets'

Higher Hospital Prices Noted in U.S. 'Monopoly Markets'

Hospital prices positively associated with indicators of hospital market power.

Better Access to Medicine For Nonelderly Adults With Affordable Care Act

Better Access to Medicine For Nonelderly Adults With Affordable Care Act

However, gaps in access to care and affordability still seen, especially for low-income adults.

New Hepatitis C Drugs Contributed to Increased Health Care Spending in 2014

New Hepatitis C Drugs Contributed to Increased Health Care Spending in 2014

Increase in 2014 followed five consecutive years of historically low health care spending.

AAFP Officials Note Telemedicine Enhances Access to Care

AAFP Officials Note Telemedicine Enhances Access to Care

Technology's strongest points are improving access to care, providing continuity of care.

AAFP: Expected Pay Increase Reduced to Nothing

AAFP: Expected Pay Increase Reduced to Nothing

Medicare physician fee schedule shows expected Medicare pay increase reduced for all specialties.

30 Essential Items Noted for Reporting Diagnostic Accuracy Studies

30 Essential Items Noted for Reporting Diagnostic Accuracy Studies

Thirty essential items should be included in every report of a diagnostic accuracy study.

'Off-Label' Prescriptions Can Pose Serious Safety Risks

'Off-Label' Prescriptions Can Pose Serious Safety Risks

Study raises concerns about using meds to treat conditions for which they weren't approved.

New EHR Regulations Modify Stage 2 of Meaningful Use Program

New EHR Regulations Modify Stage 2 of Meaningful Use Program

New regulations modify Stage 2 of meaningful use program and finalize requirements for Stage 3.

ACP: Retail Health Clinics Should Encourage Longitudinal Care Relationship with Primary Care

ACP: Retail Health Clinics Should Encourage Longitudinal Care Relationship with Primary Care

Retail clinics can provide service as episodic alternative to care for relatively healthy patients.

USPSTF Recommends Screening Patients for High Blood Pressure

USPSTF Recommends Screening Patients for High Blood Pressure

Confirmatory blood pressure measurements should be conducted outside the clinical setting.

Panel Develops Criteria for Appropriately Using PICCs

Panel Develops Criteria for Appropriately Using PICCs

RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method used to rate scenarios related to PICC use.

Chronic Disease Cost Calculator Highlights Possible Areas of Cost Savings

Chronic Disease Cost Calculator Highlights Possible Areas of Cost Savings

Calculator identifies median state-specific medical costs and median absenteeism costs.

Management, Treatment of Chronic Disease May Have Improved With ACA

Management, Treatment of Chronic Disease May Have Improved With ACA

Higher numbers of insured leading to more treatment of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes.

Suggested Guidance Provided for In-Flight Medical Emergencies

Suggested Guidance Provided for In-Flight Medical Emergencies

Article offers tips for physicians providing emergency in-flight medical care.

Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to End Relationship With Clinicians

Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to End Relationship With Clinicians

Court supported insurance company in termination of doctors after dispute over necessity of services.

Reviewing Medication at Time of ICU-Ward Transfer May Reduce Problems

Reviewing Medication at Time of ICU-Ward Transfer May Reduce Problems

Significant reduction in drug-related problems with immediate communication of recommendations.

CDC To Spend $110 Million To Track, Prevent Infectious Diseases

CDC To Spend $110 Million To Track, Prevent Infectious Diseases

Of the nearly $110 million, $51 million is provided through the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Sexual Orientation May Influence Some Attitudes

Sexual Orientation May Influence Some Attitudes

Findings show need for sensitivity training, expert suggests.

Opinion Piece Takes In-Depth Look At California Child Vaccination Mandates

Opinion Piece Takes In-Depth Look At California Child Vaccination Mandates

Piece takes in-depth look at this push-and-pull and how outbreaks - like the high-profile outbreak of measles recently at Disneyland - often will shape public opinion on the need for vaccines.

Medicare/Medicaid Scammers Arrested Throughout U.S.

Medicare/Medicaid Scammers Arrested Throughout U.S.

Many arrested were alleged to be involved in scams focused on Medicare's drug benefit.

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