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Monthly Archives: October 2017

AMA Action Alert

Legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is moving on Capitol Hill, but Congress needs to hear from America's physicians in order to push it over the finish line. The "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017" (H.R. 849) would permanently repeal the IPAB; a panel that puts significant health care payment…
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Michigan Faculty Elected: to the Prestigious National Academy of Medicine

University of Michigan Faculty Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Medicine  University of Michigan Two University of Michigan researchers who have devoted their careers to improving healthcare, especially for people with chronic disease and eye disease, are among the new members of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies. Election to the NAM,…
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Ending Obamacare cost-sharing reductions a “lose-lose” ?

Ending Obamacare cost-sharing reductions a “lose-lose” some experts say MLive The Trump administration's decision to end an Obamacare subsidy known as "cost-sharing reductions" is likely to destabilize the individual insurance market, spike costs for policyholders who don't qualify for subsidies and cost U.S. taxpayers an estimate $6 billion in 2018, according to experts. "This is absolutely…
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Senate Approval – Equal Coverage of Oral Cancer Drugs

Senate Approval Requiring Equal Coverage of Oral Cancer Drugs The Associated Press via Crain's Detroit Business  Michigan would become the 44th state to require equal insurance coverage of chemotherapy regardless of whether the drugs are given by needle or taken orally under a bill the Senate overwhelmingly approved. The legislation will next be considered by…
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U of M: New Opioid Guide for Post-Surgical Pain

University of Michigan develops new opioid guide for post-surgical pain Michigan Radio Patients and surgeons can now find free, online recommendations about how much opioid pain medication to prescribe for 11 common operations. The guidelines were developed by a team of University of Michigan medical researchers, with the goal of curbing opioid addiction. They include…
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AMA STEPS Forward™ Module

Just launched! AMA STEPS Forward™ Module: “Creating the Organizational Foundation for Joy in Medicine™” Problem: More than half of U.S. physicians report increasing levels of dissatisfaction and burnout driven by high workloads, workflow inefficiencies, EHR hurdles, regulatory requirements and lack of work-life balance. Impact: Burnout negatively impacts quality of care and patient safety, increasing the…
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Washtenaw County Alert Measles Possible Exposure

Washtenaw County Public Health Alerts Public to Possible Exposure to Measles Highly contagious disease highlights need for vaccination The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a case of measles in a Livingston County adult who works in Washtenaw County. Washtenaw County Public Health is providing information to local residents because of potential exposure…
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Consumer Alert- Equifax Breach

Attorney General Bill Schuette’s updated “Equifax Breach” Consumer Alert advises consumers on what they need to know regarding Equifax’s recent announcement that an additional 2.5 million consumers were impacted by the breach.  In addition, to help consumers navigate their post-breach activities, the new Alert, “Credit Freeze; Fraud Alert; & Credit Monitoring” provides details and answers…
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