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Government & Policy

HHS opioid crisis

CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, said that states are on the frontline in preventing prescription opioid overdoses.

By Bernie Monegain 09:15 am August 31, 2016
The money will help states improve data collection and analysis to better understand how to prevent opioid abuse, curb deaths and treat addiction.
Affordable Care Act disparities
By Jack McCarthy 08:55 am August 31, 2016
The progress Obamacare has made so far is encouraging, but access problems remain, particularly among low-income Hispanics and African-Americans, researchers said. 
Hillary Clinton telehealth

Hillary Clinton promised to adjust payment systems to reimburse doctors and hospitals for telepyschiatry and other telemedicine services. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:50 am August 30, 2016
Clinton promises to adjust payment systems for telepsychiatry and other services, increase funding for research into brain science and PTSD, and to study suicide prevention.
ONC blockchain winners

Vindell Washington, MD, the National Coordinator for Health IT, said that the contest shows the potential for innovative ways to use Blockchain in healthcare. 

By Bill Siwicki 05:08 pm August 29, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said that the winners offer new uses for Blockchain digital technology to protect and exchange electronic health data in a secure fashion.
Trump doctor HIPAA

Harold Bornstein, MD, who has been Donald Trump’s doctor for 35 years, and his wife Melissa, who works in Bornstein’s office. Photo courtesy of Harold Bornstein.

By Mike Miliard 11:16 am August 29, 2016
Harold Bornstein, MD, gained attention first for saying that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in excellent physical condition and, subsequently, for still using a 15-year old operating system that Microsoft no longer supports.
Physicians CAPP health IT

CAPP chairman Robert Pearl, MD, said that the health of our nation must be a top priority for either political party and modern technologies can enable that, but patients are not yet enjoying these benefits. 

By Bernie Monegain 09:33 am August 29, 2016
The top three things every candidate, from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to those seeking seats in the House and Senate, must know as they run for office, according to the Council of Accountable Physician Practices. 

Diana E. Bianchi, MD, is leaving Tufs Medical Center in Boston to lead NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

By Bernie Monegain 10:20 am August 26, 2016
Diana E. Bianchi, MD, is leaving Tufts Medical Center in Boston to lead NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

"Accountable Care Organization initiatives in Medicare continue to grow and achieve positive results in providing better care and health outcomes while spending taxpayer dollars more wisely," said CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, MD.

By Susan Morse 09:59 am August 26, 2016
More than 400 Medicare ACOs generated some $466 million in savings, said Patrick Conway, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on August 25. Of those, 125 qualified for shared savings payments by meeting quality performance standards.
By Beth Jones Sanborn 03:17 pm August 25, 2016
Physician practice professionals lean toward Hillary Clinton as the presidential candidate they plan to support, with 48 percent of respondents of an informal Aprima survey saying she would "most benefit" their practices, compared to 36 percent who prefer Donald Trump.
By Kaiser Health News 10:45 am August 25, 2016
In their professional journals, at conferences, on social media and healthcare blogs, and in comments to federal regulators, the nation's doctors are expressing growing anger and frustration about the changes MACRA will bring.

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