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Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

At the end of September, the US government will stop funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, part of the Affordable Care Act , which supports nearly 750 primary care residents in 27 states and Washington, D.C. Without congressional action, it might be shut down.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Twenty-eight states prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction unless they are working in collaboration with a doctor who also has a federal license to prescribe it. The problem is, half of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single physician with a license to prescribe buprenorphine.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two words can soothe patients who have been harmed: We’re sorry

Two words can soothe patients who have been harmed: We’re sorry

By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News When Donna Helen Crisp, a 59-year-old nursing professor, entered a North Carolina teaching hospital for a routine hysterectomy in 2007, she expected to come home the next day. Instead, Crisp spent weeks in a coma and underwent five surgeries to correct a near-fatal cascade of medical errors that […]

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
For new Medicaid patients: the doctor is in (generally), but you may have to wait.

For new Medicaid patients: the doctor is in (generally), but you may have to wait.

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News More than 14 million adults have enrolled in Medicaid since the health law passed, and that has caused some hand-wringing over whether there would be enough primary care providers to meet the demand. But a study out this week suggests that the newly insured people are generally able to get timely appointments […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
US doctors’ group draws up 10 ‘key questions’ for lawmakers working on health care reform

US doctors’ group draws up 10 ‘key questions’ for lawmakers working on health care reform

In a letter to the leaders of the US House of Representatives and Senate, the American College of Physicians called on the lawmakers to ask 10 “key questions” when considering any legislation that would alter the coverage and consumer protections provided by the Affordable Care Act. The letter also provided the college’s recommendations on four issues: […]

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Advocates of flat-fee primary care see opening in GOP’s market-driven approach

Advocates of flat-fee primary care see opening in GOP’s market-driven approach

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Back in the day, people paid for routine primary care on their own and used insurance only when something serious came up. Some primary care doctors are betting that model can thrive again through a monthly subscription for routine care and a high-deductible insurance policy to take care of […]

February 28, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Geriatricians help aging patients navigate multiple ailments

Geriatricians help aging patients navigate multiple ailments

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News For months, Teresa Christensen’s 87-year-old mother, Genevieve, complained of pain from a nasty sore on her right foot. She stopped going to church. She couldn’t sleep at night. Eventually, she stopped walking except when absolutely necessary. Her primary care doctor prescribed three antibiotics, one after another. None worked.

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

By Ashwin Vasan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population Health & Medicine Columbia University, New York City, NY In global public health, 2016 was a year defined by the end of two important emergencies: Ebola and Zika. But that doesn’t mean the risk either of these viruses pose has gone away. Zika transmission continues despite the World Health […]

February 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
How long patients stay on opioids may depend on the doctor you see in the E.R.

How long patients stay on opioids may depend on the doctor you see in the E.R.

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News Which doctor a person happens to see at a local emergency room can have long-term consequences when it comes to opioid use. Within the same hospital, some doctors are three times more likely to prescribe an opioid than other doctors, and patients treated by high-prescribing doctors are more likely […]

February 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influence of GOP doctors caucus grows as Congress looks to replace health law

Influence of GOP doctors caucus grows as Congress looks to replace health law

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News The confirmation of Tom Price, the orthopedic surgeon-turned-Georgia congressman, as secretary of Health and Human Services represents the latest victory in the ascendancy of a little-known but powerful group of conservative physicians in Congress he belongs to — the GOP Doctors Caucus. During the Obama administration, the caucus regularly […]

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More