FDA: Don't use medical food product Limbrel

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating serious adverse events involving Limbrel, a capsule being marketed as a medical food to manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis. Health care providers who know their patients are taking the product should advise them to stop taking it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

FDA: Gout drug may increase risk of heart-related death

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday alerted health care providers and the public to an increased risk of heart-related death from a drug used to treat gout, a type of arthritis in adults. Preliminary results from a safety clinical trial of the drug febuxostat (Uloric) show an increased risk of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

FDA approves device to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms

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The Food and Drug Administration today authorized Innovative Health Solutions Inc. to market an electrical nerve stimulator device to relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms when placed behind the patient’s ear. Previously approved for use in acupuncture, the NSS-2 Bridge device reduced symptoms for patients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids

Report: Hospitals enhance antibiotics stewardship, continue to reduce MRSA

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Hospitals are enhancing their antibiotic stewardship programs to include all core elements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services on national progress to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, nurses, resource use

AHA webinar Nov. 17 to review MACRA QPP final rule

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Join AHA policy experts for a Nov. 17 webinar on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule updating Quality Payment Program requirements for physicians and other eligible clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Released Nov. 2, the rule specifies what eligible... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Medicare, nurses

House holds hearing on implementing MACRA APMs

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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today held a hearing on implementing alternative payment models for physicians and other clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. In a statement submitted for the hearing, AHA urged Congress to continue working with the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

CMS issues MIPS guidance on attesting to prevention of information blocking

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued guidance on attesting to information blocking prevention under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Under the October 2016 final rule implementing key provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, clinicians who... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

CMS eases provider enrollment screening for CA wildfires

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday suspended certain Medicare enrollment screening requirements for health care providers and suppliers assisting with wildfire recovery efforts in California. According to the agency, non-certified Medicare Part B physicians and other practitioners and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, disaster readiness, nurses

OCR issues HIPAA guidance for providers responding to opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights Friday released guidance clarifying how health care providers can share health information with a patient’s family members, friends and legal representatives in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, HIPAA, opioids

AHA shares regulatory relief priorities with CMS

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AHA participated today in a stakeholder listening session hosted by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to formally launch the agency’s regulatory relief effort. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack thanked the agency for recent actions to reduce the regulatory burden on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses, regulation

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