Divisions surface between healthcare workers, public over Ebola quarantines

Divisions surface between healthcare workers, public over Ebola quarantines

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  November 01, 2014

As numerous states begin imposing quarantines on healthcare volunteers returning from fighting Ebola in West Africa, infectious-disease experts decry measures they say would undermine the most effective means of controlling the spread of the disease—containing it at its source.

CMS final rule requires Sunshine Act reporting of CME payments

By Melanie Evans  |  October 31, 2014

Doctors will be paid for Medicare care coordination, wellness and behavioral health telehealth visits. But, under final rules issued by the CMS late Friday, physicians also could see all Medicare payments cut by roughly 21% in April if the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula cuts are allowed...

LGBT health disparities on agenda at academic medicine meeting

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 31, 2014

The role of academic medicine in addressing health disparities affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations will be among the topics discussed when leaders from the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals convene in Chicago Nov. 7-11 for the Association of American Medical...

MACPAC unsure about extending higher Medicaid pay rates

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 31, 2014

Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) say there is not enough data on the impact of increasing Medicaid payment rates for primary-care services to recommend that Congress extend the provision.

Would you agree to a 21-day Ebola quarantine?

Would you agree to a 21-day Ebola quarantine?

By John N. Frank  |  October 30, 2014

U.S. healthcare workers who volunteer to join the fight in Africa against Ebola have a new question to ask themselves these days: How would they feel about a 21-day quarantine when they get back home?

Former Northwestern researcher settles false-claims allegations

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 30, 2014

A former Northwestern University cancer researcher will pay the government $475,000 to settle claims that he allegedly spent federal research grant money on inappropriate items that benefited him, his family and friends.

MGMA sorting through applications for new CEO

MGMA sorting through applications for new CEO

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 30, 2014

Jerard Jensen, the Medical Group Management Association's attorney, has had to play a more visible role at the MGMA's 88th annual conference in Las Vegas as the organization's interim CEO.

Louisiana to top Ebola researchers: Stay away

By Bloomberg  |  October 30, 2014

The state sent a letter to members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, which is holding its annual conference in New Orleans next week. If they've recently been to any of the West African countries where the virus has infected more than 13,000 people, they shouldn't attend the...

Brain changes point to root of chronic fatigue in study

By Bloomberg  |  October 30, 2014

Brain scans may identify people with chronic fatigue syndrome, a finding that might point toward potential treatment targets for the mysterious ailment marked by unrelenting exhaustion, researchers said.

Bay State savings test produces positive results: NEJM

By Melanie Evans  |  October 29, 2014

Healthcare costs grew more slowly and quality improved more rapidly among doctors and hospitals in the Massachusetts Blues' test of global budgets, compared with quality and performance across the Northeast, research shows.

Docs gripe, but med students keep coming

Docs gripe, but med students keep coming

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 29, 2014

Reports of doctors concerned about their autonomy and the future of their profession apparently didn't stop a record 20,343 students from enrolling in medical school or a record 49,480 from applying to med school this year.

Bellevue workers face Ebola stigma outside hospital

By New York Times  |  October 29, 2014

As Bellevue Hospital Center goes into its seventh day of treating Dr. Craig Spencer, who had worked with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, some of its employees are feeling stigmatized—a harsh consequence of being the first hospital in the city to deal with an outbreak that has killed about...