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CMS Seeks to Prod Insurers to Negotiate Lower Drug Prices

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
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

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
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

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
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

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
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

Schizophrenia: Genetic Mutation Alters Teen Brain, Raises Risk

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
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

Omaha Hospital Sued After Pediatric Surgeons Resign

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
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

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
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

Nearly 1 in 4 Antibiotic Rx Still Inappropriate in US

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
Almost one quarter of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate, according to an analysis of data from 19.2 million patients.
Medscape Medical News

Top 10 Threats to Global Health Include Flu, Pollution

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
Other threats on WHO's radar include Ebola and other high-threat pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, vaccine 'hesitancy,' weak primary healthcare, and noncommunicable diseases.
Medscape Medical News

Students Urge Step 1 Fixes, Physician Leaders Reply With Insult

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
The response seems to indicate a generational divide in the medical community.
Medscape Medical News

CDC: Rural-Urban Gap Persists in PCP Opioid Prescribing

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
Opioid prescribing is down overall since 2016, but the latest CDC numbers show that rural areas have much higher prescribing rates. Targeting interventions to those communities will be key.
Medscape Medical News

Lung Cancer Screening: One Size Does Not Fit All

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
In an era highly focused on healthcare costs, can the expense of lung cancer screening be justified?
Medscape Family Medicine

Planned Parenthood's Leana Wen: Ready for a Good Fight

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
The newly appointed president of Planned Parenthood girds up for yet another showdown with the Trump Administration.
Medscape Ob/Gyn

FDA Advisers Urge Approval of Romosozumab for Osteoporosis

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
The risk for cardiac events, though not well defined, should not hold up marketing, said the FDA panel members.
Medscape Medical News

Burnout Rises Above 50% in Some Specialties, New Survey Shows

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
Urologists had the highest burnout rates; 20% of all physicians said they have had thoughts of suicide or prefer not to answer.
Medscape Medical News

Short Supply, Cost of Key Drugs Leave Hospitals Scrambling

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
Hospital groups called for legislation to speed the introduction of generic medicines, seeking more competition to address concerns about cost and supply.
Medscape Medical News

Single-Dose Drug Prevents Malaria Relapse

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
Data from two phase 3 trials show the efficacy of single-dose tafenoquine in preventing malarial relapse but underscore the need for appropriate patient selection.
Medscape Medical News

Fewer Uninsured but Similar MI Outcomes With Medicaid Expansion

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
Medicaid eligibility expansion was associated with a reduction in uninsured patients reporting to hospital with an acute myocardial infarction, but not with improved outcomes.
Medscape Medical News

Shutdown Starting to Delay New FDA Reviews, Approvals

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
The FDA is relying on industry-paid user fees and is shifting resources to keep itself partially open.
Medscape Medical News

Repeat Procedure Risk Increased With Essure Contraceptive

Medscape Today - 2019, January 19 - 18:46
The Essure birth control device is linked to a greater risk of repeat tubal resection or ligation in a 7-year study, but researchers stress the risk is low for the vast majority of patients.
Medscape Medical News
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