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CMS Seeks to Prod Insurers to Negotiate Lower Drug Prices
Friday, January 18, 2019
CMS' Seema Verma proposed a voluntary test to address what she calls "perverse incentives" in Part D. The model will ask insurers to accept more financial risk for customers who need expensive drugs. Medscape Medical News
New California Governor Takes Healthcare Reform by the Horns
Friday, January 18, 2019
He proposes changes in state policy to approach universal coverage and asks Congress and Trump for waivers to move toward single-payer system. Medscape Medical News
Hire a 'Burnout' Officer to Help Physicians: Report
Friday, January 18, 2019
A new report calls for all major healthcare organizations to have an executive-level chief wellness officer tasked with reducing physician burnout. Medscape Medical News
St. Luke's Replaces President, Other Leaders After Series of Care Lapses
Friday, January 18, 2019
Ouster comes 5 months after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services terminated federal funding for heart transplants at the 65-year-old hospital, citing a failure to make needed changes. ProPublica
Parkinson's Subtypes Predict Prognosis
Friday, January 18, 2019
Different subtypes of Parkinson's disease have been proposed that accurately predict prognosis, disability, and survival and may eventually lead to the development of more specific treatments. Medscape Medical News
New SCCT Guidelines Reflect Expanding Role for CT in TAVR
Friday, January 18, 2019
It features nuts-and-bolts recommendations, including those for specific scanners, but also thorny issues like leaflet thrombosis and valve-in-valve procedures for failed bioprosthesis. Medscape Medical News
Schizophrenia: Genetic Mutation Alters Teen Brain, Raises Risk
Friday, January 18, 2019
Schizophrenia may be caused by a genetic mutation in the SLC39A8 gene that leads to a structural abnormality in the brain during adolescence, suggesting a new target for therapy. Medscape Medical News
NCCN Guidelines Downloaded 10 Million Times in 2018
Friday, January 18, 2019
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology were downloaded 10 million times in 2018, which is a 26% increase from the previous year. Medscape Medical News
Clinicians Walk 'Fine Line' With Immigrant Patients
Friday, January 18, 2019
Some immigrants worried about green card status are skipping medical appointments out of fear stoked by proposed 'public charge' rule, currently under review by the Department of Homeland Security. Kaiser Health News
California's Top Lawyer Cements Role as Healthcare Defender-in-Chief
Friday, January 18, 2019
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra scores a win for California and other states in his effort to block Trump administration birth control rules. Kaiser Health News
Action to Combat Climate Change Is Paramount for Healthcare
Friday, January 18, 2019
"As physicians, we have a special responsibility to safeguard health and alleviate suffering. Working to rapidly curtail greenhouse gas emissions is now essential to our healing mission," experts say. Medscape Medical News
Alcohol and the Electric Atrium: How Drinking Promotes AF?
Friday, January 18, 2019
Electrophysiologic studies are helping define the nature of atrial fibrillation's myocardial remodeling effects in moderate drinkers with the arrhythmia. Medscape Medical News
Omaha Hospital Sued After Pediatric Surgeons Resign
Friday, January 18, 2019
Two surgeons say they were pushed to resign after they told Children's Hospital a colleague was incompetent. The hospital says it strongly disagrees with the allegations. Medscape Medical News
US FDA Panel Split on Sotagliflozin for Type 1 Diabetes
Friday, January 18, 2019
The 8-8 tie reflected the FDA advisory panel's struggle in assessing the drug's glycemic and other benefits against an elevated risk for diabetic ketoacidosis. Medscape Medical News
Junk Food Ads Disproportionately Target Black and Hispanic Kids - Report
Friday, January 18, 2019
Television advertising in the U.S. for candy, fast food, sugary drinks and other unhealthy treats continues to target mostly black and Hispanic youth, according to a new report that suggests this contributes to health disparities. Reuters Health...
Intersex People Should Not Live in 'Fear of Humiliation' - UK Minister
Friday, January 18, 2019
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Misdiagnosis of Penicillin Allergy Common
Friday, January 18, 2019
Most patients who report having a penicillin allergy are not really allergic to the antibiotic, and they may be missing out on the best treatment for their condition as a result, according to a report in JAMA January 15. Reuters Health Information
Haitian Women Struggle to Get Help for Children Fathered by U.N. Troops
Friday, January 18, 2019
Reuters Health Information
Mesh Complications Linked to Greater Depression, Self-Harm Risk
Friday, January 18, 2019
Women who suffer from transvaginal mesh complications are at increased risk of new-onset depression and self-harm, according to new research. Reuters Health Information
Blisters Not Required to Diagnose Pemphigoid
Friday, January 18, 2019
The presence of blisters is not required to make the diagnosis of pemphigoid, according to a new study of this common cutaneous autoimmune disease. Reuters Health Information