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Andis Robeznieks

Reporter/Chicago

Andis Robeznieks covers public health and wellness, military and veterans healthcare, academic medical centers, and healthcare construction and design. Before joining Modern Healthcare in 2005, he was the ethics and patient safety and quality reporter for American Medical News, the weekly newspaper published by the American Medical Association. He has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's in journalism from Eastern Illinois University.

Health improving for urban residents, but racial disparities persist


November 18, 2015

Residents in 27 of the nation's big cities are experiencing lower rates of cancer, diabetes and motor vehicle-accident deaths in 2012 compared with 2007, though African-Americans have not shared in many of these gains, according to a Big Cities Health Coalition report.

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to waive telemedicine restrictions for VA docs


November 18, 2015

A bipartisan bill aims to ease telemedicine licensing requirements and facilitate mental health e-visits for healthcare professionals working in Veterans Affairs facilities. Current rules call for physicians using telemedicine to be licensed in the state where the patient resides.

AMA delegates want ban on direct-to-consumer drug ads


November 17, 2015

The American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted Tuesday to support a ban on direct-to-consumer drug and medical-device advertising, saying the ads drive up the demand for more expensive treatments.

Blog: New prostate cancer cases drop with lower use of PSA test


November 17, 2015

After a yearslong epidemic where men were treated for a cancer that might never have caused them a problem, providers are decreasing their use of the prostate-specific antigen screening test. The number of diagnosed cases has gone down during the same period, according to two studies published Tuesday in JAMA.

AMA holds off on setting telemedicine ethics policy


November 16, 2015

The American Medical Association House of Delegates decided Monday that proposed recommendations for ethical practices in telemedicine did not clearly address medical liability concerns and sent them back to the authors for more work. A previous iteration of the proposed policies received the same treatment from delegates back in June.

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