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Ebola, immigration will dominate lame-duck session of Congress

Ebola, immigration will dominate lame-duck session of Congress

By Paul Demko  |  November 15, 2014

Healthcare lobbyists are hoping that Capitol Hill and the White House will find time to settle some long-standing problems like permanently fixing the physician pay schedule during Congress' four-week lame-duck session.

E-cigarettes continue to draw in young smokers

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  November 14, 2014

New government data released Thursday about tobacco use finds electronic cigarette use among high school students is on the rise, prompting calls for tougher regulation by medical organizations and anti-smoking advocates.

AMA rejects effort to strip Dr. Emanuel of ethics honor

AMA rejects effort to strip Dr. Emanuel of ethics honor

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 11, 2014

An effort to strip Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel of a 2013 honor was voted down by the American Medical Association House of Delegates during its interim meeting in Dallas Monday amid controversy about Emanuel's recent article in the Atlantic saying he'd prefer to die at 75.

Physician faces AMA rebuke over death preference article

Physician faces AMA rebuke over death preference article

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 07, 2014

The AMA House of Delegates will discuss a range of issues at its interim meeting in Dallas, including whether to issue a formal declaration that Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel ran afoul of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics when he wrote an article expressing that he would prefer to die once he reaches age 75.

High court wary about dental board's antitrust exemption

High court wary about dental board's antitrust exemption

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 18, 2014

Comments from U.S. Supreme Court justices last week suggested skepticism toward North Carolina's defense of its state dental board in a case that could force changes on state healthcare regulatory boards across the country.

AMA's RUC panel draws more fire

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 18, 2014

A report attacking the American Medical Association's annual recommendations to the CMS on physician pay claims the association wildly overestimates the time it takes specialists to perform their work.

More Ebola preparedness needed, healthcare workers urge

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 14, 2014

Hospitals' ability to protect their employees is weighing on the minds of American healthcare workers as a nurse in Texas fights for her life against the deadly Ebola virus she contracted while caring for a patient there.

Heavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use

By Joseph Conn  |  September 16, 2014

A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment program, insisting that the future of the program is at stake.

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