FDA issues medication-assisted treatment guidance

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Medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that suppress the central nervous system, the Food and Drug Administration advised today. While combining these drugs increases the risk of serious side effects, the... read more

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

NAM issues guide to help clinicians counter opioid epidemic

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The National Academy of Medicine today issued a guide to help clinicians counter the opioid epidemic. Developed by national experts on substance use disorders at the request of the National Governors Association, the paper calls for clinicians to prioritize non-opioid strategies when managing chronic... read more

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

CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

CMS again urged to prioritize guidance on shared space arrangements

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The AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday to clarify how hospitals can share space, services and staff with other providers. “If CMS is unable to release the guidance by Oct. 1, we implore the agency to issue a Survey and Certification memo stating that while the guidance... read more

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

Reminder: Hospitals Against Violence webinar Sept. 25

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a Sept. 25 webinar on a program designed to care for hospital caregivers who experience a stressful event or outcome during patient care. Leaders from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., will discuss their Care for the... read more

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

AHA releases MACRA Decision Guide

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The AHA has released a new tool to help member hospitals and their clinician partners decide which track to pursue under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – the Merit-based Incentive Payment System or alternative payment models. By answering a series of questions, the interactive decision... read more

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

Study: Primary care physicians spend half their day on EHR tasks

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Primary care physicians spend more than half of their workday performing data entry and other tasks with electronic health records, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine. The study included 142 physicians at family medicine clinics associated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Electronic Health Records

AHA comments on physician fee schedule rule for CY 2018

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The AHA today expressed serious concerns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to significantly reduce the payment rate for “nonexcepted” services provided in off-campus provider-based departments under the physician fee schedule proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “Making such an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, emergency care

Apply to participate in AHA-AMGA Pathway to Value collaborative

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AHA and AMGA members may apply through Oct. 20 to participate in an intensive learning collaborative on managing population health and succeeding in the new Medicare physician payment models. The Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value collaborative is designed to help hospitals and medical groups work... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, value-based purchasing, population health, Medicare, clinical integration

Abbott updating pacemaker firmware to correct cybersecurity vulnerabilities

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Abbott is updating the firmware for all St. Jude Medical radio frequency-enabled implantable pacemaker devices to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow an unauthorized user to access a patient's device using commercially available equipment, the Food and Drug Administration reports. The... read more

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

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