New Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) position statement advises that pulmonologists who treat patients with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) explore palliative care resources available in their communities to facilitate early referral and better quality of life.
Eighty-five members of Congress have joined together to issue bipartisan, bicameral oversight letters that call on CMS to scale back severe cuts to radiation therapy reimbursement. Without action from CMS, radiation oncology will face estimated cuts of $300 million starting January 1, 2022, jeopardizing patient access to care.
Mississippi’s ban on nearly all abortions greater than 15 weeks forces women to carry pregnancies to term under adverse circumstances and increases the risk of maternal mortality and other health problems, according to a public health amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court on September 20th.
Today, on World Lung Day (WLD), members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) and WLD partner organizations, such as the American Thoracic Society, are calling for respiratory health to be a top priority in global decision-making beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statement from AADA President Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD
A new multi-society organizational consensus statement published in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine establishes seven guiding principles for acute perioperative pain management to help institutions better care for patients having surgery.
Today, advocates of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 19 other kidney health professional and patient organizations are meeting with their congressional delegations, calling on them to enact policies to improve kidney health
The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine recently released a statement supporting COVID-19 vaccine requirements for high school and youth sports athletes for those who are eligible.
Today, the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Lung Association and American Thoracic Society released the following statement in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses launches Hear Us Out, a nationwide effort to report nurses’ reality from the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and urge those who have yet to be vaccinated to reconsider
The Endocrine Society applauded the Court of Appeal’s ruling that transgender and gender diverse teenagers are competent to give consent to treatment to delay puberty.
Some women say their periods change after getting a covid-19 vaccination.
In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) shared its perspective on the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule.
The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Releases Position Statement on Racial and Social Equity
New research with funding from the Center for Consumer Law and Education, a joint program between the West Virginia University College of Law and Marshall University, recommends laws that protect consumers from data mining.
Today, the Food and Drug Administration issued decisions on new tobacco product applications, addressing the over 6 million unique products and flavor variations submitted for agency review. Missing from the FDA’s announcement was a decision on a company that has the largest e-cigarette market share – Juul.
Participants at National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Virtual Policy Summit discuss the potential for imaging and other emerging technologies to improve cancer care while not increasing disparities.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) submitted two comment letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today urging the agency to reconsider policy changes that will result in $300 million in Medicare cuts for radiation therapy services starting January 1, 2022.
Today medical, nursing and public health journals across the world have simultaneously published an editorial calling for world leaders to take emergency action to transform societies and limit climate change, restore biodiversity, and protect health.
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center announced on Tuesday, Aug. 31, that it is following recommendations from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network that encourage cancer patients to receive a third dose of a messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines.
The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) encouraged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop national standards of practice for healthcare professionals to ensure its facilities provide the highest quality of care for the nation’s veterans.
California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro released the following statement on the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine.
Today, the US Food & Drug Administration approved the two-dose COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Georgetown University Medical Center and former FDA Chief Scientist comments. (Audio file available)
The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) is speaking out against an attempt by organized medicine to delay the development and implementation of National Standards of Practice for healthcare professionals by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) COVID-19 Vaccination Advisory Committee calls for healthcare workforce vaccine requirements to assure healthcare community is doing all it can to prevent exposure to COVID-19.
Offering covid-19 vaccinations on campus, delayed or phased autumn re-openings, and mandatory face mask wearing are among the steps universities and colleges could take to make them safer places for students returning to, or starting, their studies this autumn, say public health experts in an opinion piece in The BMJ.
The Academy commends UnitedHealthcare (UHC) for acting quickly to clarify its policy regarding the use of two biosimilars untested for ophthalmic/intravitreal use as alternatives to the sight-saving drug Avastin.
Important contribution to the ongoing climate policy discussion
Important contribution to the ongoing climate policy discussion
The American College of Rheumatology applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ decision to withdraw a proposed rule to implement the “Most Favored Nation” payment model for Part B drugs.
When a medical imaging exam provides a clinical benefit, the only risk that should be considered is the exam itself rather than a patient’s previous radiation exposure, according to a statement from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the American College of Radiology and the Health Physics Society, citing potential adverse effects on patient care.
The Government Law Center (GLC) at Albany Law School has just released its latest explainer to help attorneys, politicians, and the public understand the challenges of enforcement of the Voting Rights Act in the 21st Century.
This year’s Olympics brought countless memories, exceptional human performance and visibility to challenges faced by all athletes, elite or otherwise. Perhaps central to these challenges was the relationship between athletes and mental health. This new ACSM statement offers several resources.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses calls for all healthcare and long-term-care employers to require every member of the healthcare team to be vaccinated against COVID-19, except when medically contraindicated.
Delaware patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing of HB 141 by Governor John Carney. The law removes a collaborative agreement and grants advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), full practice authority.
All patients undergoing non-emergency surgeries or procedures should continue to have preoperative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for SARS-CoV-2, irrespective of vaccination status, according to an updated guidance from the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.
Insurance companies are pushing ophthalmologists to use new biosimilar drugs as alternatives to Avastin that have never been tested in the eye.
Today, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery sent a letter to members of Congress, asking for support in our ongoing effort to rein in excessive prior authorization requirements imposed by insurers.
Amid the new surge of COVID-19 cases across the U.S., the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and eight professional societies associated with the specialty, are strongly encouraging the nation’s health care workers and all eligible Americans to get fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines. ASA and the associated societies remind the public that widespread vaccination is the most effective way to reduce illness and death.
The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) today released recommendations to support and facilitate sharing of variant data through the use of public repositories.
Tennessee health care providers, public health professionals and community stakeholders today issued an urgent call to action to protect Tennessee children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Rush University Medical Center will require all staff, contractors and volunteers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 1.
A record number of radiation oncologists met with Congressional leaders and staff last week as part of the largest American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Advocacy Day in the Society’s history. The physicians urged Congressional leaders to intervene in response to consecutive Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposals that call for significant cuts to radiation oncology facilities.
Members of a coalition of 50+ leading public health groups who issued a set of five guiding principles for spending opioid settlement funds in January are reacting to the announcement of the $26 billion settlement deal between a group of state attorneys general and Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, McKesson, and Johnson & Johnson.
On behalf of the American Academy of Dermatology, I encourage the International Swimming Federation to allow Olympic athletes to use swimming caps that are designed for the unique properties of voluminous curly and tightly coiled hair as well as cover and protect this hair type from damage.
In response to consecutive weeks of significant proposed Medicare payment cuts to radiation oncology cancer care, Thomas J. Eichler, MD, Chair of American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), issued the following statement.
Scientific evidence strongly supports that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, occurred when a virus circulating in animals transferred to humans, according to a commentary publishing in the August edition of ASA Monitor, the official news publication of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
In response to an announcement from Philip Morris International that the company has agreed to acquire Vectura, a British inhaled medicine company, American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer and American Thoracic Society President Lynn Schnapp MD, ATSF shared the following statement:
The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a group of highly published, world-renowned critical care physicians and scholars, and the British Ivermectin Recommendation Development Group (BIRD), a U.K. based group of medical and scientific experts from over 15 countries, are concerned over the misrepresentation of science in the recent article published in the Guardian regarding the withdrawal of Professor Emeritus Ahmed Elgazzar’s study into ivermectin that was first posted December 16, 2020.
Michigan patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing of HB 4359 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The law removes supervision requirements for nurse anesthetists and grants them the authority to collaboratively participate in a patient-centered healthcare team.