ICAN Act Increases Patient Access to High Quality Healthcare

The Improving Care and Access to Nurses (ICAN) Act (HR 8812) recently introduced by Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH) will help ensure access to healthcare for millions of Americans by removing costly and unnecessary barriers to high-quality healthcare services. The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) supports this legislation, which will remove physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and provide access to CRNA services in Medicaid.

Report reveals inequity in electricity pricing, calls for rate reform to help fight climate change

In a report released today, UC Berkeley researchers analyze the impact of a hidden electricity “tax” on Californians. They recommend two significant policy reforms to ease the burden on low-income households and spur consumer interest in the adoption of electric vehicles, heat pumps, and other electric technology.

MOBILIZING THE NATION’S FOOD AND NUTRITION EXPERTS: ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS PREPARES FOR WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON HUNGER, NUTRITION AND HEALTH

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, is mobilizing its membership to address the nation’s hunger, nutrition and health crises at the historic September 28 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.

AAOS Comments on Proposed Medicare Payment Policy Changes for 2023

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) issued formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the agency’s proposed payment policy changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2023. In both letters, AAOS urged the agency to address growing health care costs, expand access to care and ease physician burden as they continue to navigate patient care, amidst financial and practice management challenges exacerbated by the pandemic.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY STRONGLY SUPPORTS CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF TRANSPLANT SYSTEM

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) supports efforts by Congress to improve the US transplant system. Today, the Senate Finance Committee will conduct an oversight hearing, A System in Need of Repair: Addressing Organizational Failures of the U.S.’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).

ACP position paper offers suggestions for supporting and improving long term care services in the United States

The nation’s system of long-term services and supports face many challenges and need improvement to adequately care for an increasing number of older adults, says the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new position paper. ACP provides recommendations about how to reform and improve the long-term services and support (LTSS) sector so that care is high quality, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The position paper is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

New Medicare Fee Schedule Rule Further Illustrates a Broken Payment System

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) announced its opposition to additional Medicare payment cuts included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2023 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Within the fee schedule, CMS proposed Medicare payment cuts to the Anesthesia Conversion Factor and in revised injection codes where imaging is now bundled – reductions that compound the financial strain anesthesia groups are already facing.

Guidelines experts present framework for developing living practice guidelines in health care

Guidelines experts reviewed existing research and conducted their own to present a framework for developing living practice guidelines in health care. The framework provides specific instruction for the planning, production, reporting, and dissemination of such guidelines and highlights the considerations specific to each of those areas in the context of a living document. The advice is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Commentary urgently calls on hospitalists to address inpatients’ contraceptive needs

The overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court gives new urgency to considering women’s contraceptive needs in all interactions with the health care system. A new commentary from Eileen Barrett, MD, Albuquerque, New Mexico calls on hospitalists to offer contraceptive counseling to patients of childbearing age regardless of reason for hospitalization. The editorial is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

ACP says food insecurity a threat to public health in the United States

In a new position paper, the American College of Physicians (ACP) says inadequate access to nutritious food negatively impacts the health of many Americans, which in turn can significantly exacerbate food and nutritional insecurity and other social factors impacting health. The paper says that more needs to be done comprehensively address food and nutrition insecurity and bolster public health.

Ohio State-led AHA statement: Reduce youth vaping to cut cardiovascular risk

A new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association calls on policymakers at the local, state and national levels to take action to reduce or prevent e-cigarette use among adolescents to lower lifetime cardiovascular risk. Current scientific evidence indicates e-cigarettes may adversely affect the cardiovascular and respiratory systems over the lifetime of users, according to the statement chaired by Loren Wold, professor and associate dean for research operations and compliance in The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

ACP says Physician Payments Should Work Toward Health Equity

The current physician payment system does not adequately address the socioeconomic factors that impact patients’ health outcomes, says the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new position paper. The paper makes a series of recommendations about how new payment models should be designed to better account for social drivers that impact patient health. Reforming Physician Payments to Achieve Greater Equity and Value in Health Care: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

NCCN Policy Summit Speakers Say Flexibility in Supporting and Accommodating Cancer Patients and Caregivers Helps Workplaces Thrive

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) convened an oncology policy summit in Washington D.C. on building a workplace that includes support for people with cancer and their caregivers. The program, which also featured a virtual attendance option, examined how workplace norms and expectations have changed in recent years, particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Thoracic Society Urges Swift Adoption of Gun Laws, Lays Out Recommendations for More

After people took to the streets across the U.S. this past weekend to protest the recent rash of mass shootings, there was good news out of Washington, DC: news of an agreement in the Senate spelled progress on gun regulation. Speaking on behalf of the American Thoracic Society, ATS President Gregory Downey, MD, ATSF, issued the following statement today.

Medical and Patient Communities Unite to Urge Congress to Stop Bill That Would Impede Patient Access to Essential Diagnostic Tests

AACC joins more than 100 other medical and patient organizations that have expressed concerns about the Senate HELP committee rushing to pass the VALID Act, a bill that would limit patient access to vital laboratory developed tests and the lifesaving diagnoses these tests enable. Specifically, the medical and patient communities urge Congress to remove the VALID Act from the FDASLA Act, a piece of must-pass legislation that the Senate is on the cusp of ratifying.

New ASTRO letter to CMS outlines pathways to achieve value-based payment for radiation oncology

The American Society for Radiation Oncology delivered comments to CMS following a proposed indefinite delay for the radiation oncology APM. Recommendations outline actionable steps to stabilize Medicare reimbursement, prioritize health equity, reduce unnecessary administrative burden and improve cancer outcomes.

Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Calls on Health Care Systems to Make Systemic Changes to Stop Medical Errors: Criminalization Not the Answer

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), released a statement on the criminalization of medical errors with a call to action to all health care systems and organizations to establish comprehensive mechanisms to mitigate the risk of future errors.

ACR Urges the FTC to Examine the Impact of Pharmacy Benefit Managers on Prescription Drug Costs

In comments submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) urged the agency to address Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) business practices that drive up costs and reduce access for the 54 million Americans living with rheumatic disease.

AACC Calls on Congress to Halt Legislation That Would Hinder Patient Access to Essential Medical Tests

AACC has sent comments to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee urging the committee not to include the VALID Act in its omnibus Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee legislation. VALID would limit the availability of vital laboratory-developed tests, decreasing patient access to life-saving diagnostic tools.

Prevent BLEEDing Act introduced in Congress will advance STOP THE BLEED® efforts

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) applauds Senators Menendez and Boozman and Representatives O’Halleran and Wenstrup for introducing the Prevent Blood Loss with Emergency Equipment Devices Act (Prevent BLEEDing Act). This legislation is crucial to support efforts to bring STOP THE BLEED® training and equipment directly to all U.S. citizens.