Stigma, regulatory hurdles and insufficient payment prevent physicians from becoming certified to prescribe buprenorphine, a drug used to treat patients addicted to opioids.
Tennessee doctors are launching programs for addicted pregnant women that combine detox with behavioral therapy, breaking with standard practice to keep them on drug maintenance therapy.
Hospitals, doctors’ offices and other healthcare settings added 36,800 jobs in March, representing roughly 1 out of 6 jobs created across the entire U.S. economy last month.
In long-awaited final guidelines for prescribing opioid medications, federal health officials mostly kept recommendations widely criticized as restricting access to pain-relieving drugs.
Most patient safety research has focused on inpatient settings. Far less has addressed care provided in physician offices; community pharmacies; clinics; ambulatory surgical, medical and imaging centers; and long-term, hospice and home-care settings, among others.
The FDA recommends that labeling for Bayer's Essure should highlight specific safety concerns. The agency gave it a black-box warning and a checklist for patients to initial indicating that they understand a suite of potential adverse events.
Texas' legislative effort to restrict abortion providers, to be reviewed this week by the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, has troubling economic implications for healthcare providers that go well beyond abortion. It's worth reviewing some of the issues raised by the case.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children stopped performing non-emergency heart surgery pending internal review. The hospital did not reveal the reason behind the move, saying only that it is making progress in increasing volumes and improving performance, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Congress is likely to take up a measure in the new year that would exempt hospital outpatient departments currently under construction from a “site-neutral” Medicare payment provision, which made it into the two-year budget deal in October that avoided a potential default on the...
Connecticut patients who receive outpatient services at a hospital will be given fair warning before they are charged with facility fees under legislation that takes effect Jan. 1.
Physician groups are interested in selling to bigger organizations for a host of reasons, many of them related to the fast-changing business environment under new payment models and federal quality initiatives. And national staffing firms are vying to roll up hospital-based practices.
Most Medicare beneficiaries will keep paying the same monthly premium for outpatient care next year, the Obama administration said Tuesday.