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John Frank
Physician reaction mixed to medical malpractice bill
After years of trying, Republicans in Congress may finally be making headway about placing limits on noneconomic damages in some malpractice cases.
Doctor groups fear Trump’s ‘unprecedented’ proposed budget cuts
President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget includes major spending cuts for medical education programs and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, each of which could have negative impacts on doctors, according to organizations like the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Advocates look to Congress for new patient matching system
A small crack is developing in the long-standing federal prohibition against the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) involvement in efforts to improve matching patients with their medical records
New law makes doctors 'gatekeepers' of new drug uses
The 21st Century Cures Act signed into law late last year will place a greater onus on doctors to monitor and report results for new indications of previously approved drugs.
Even if Trump loses, Republicans still targeting ACA repeal
Even if Trump loses, Republicans still targeting ACA repeal
Regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump emerge victorious on Election Day, Republicans will continue their quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Divided Congress comes together to fight opioid abuse
octors groups are applauding newly-approved national legislation to fight opioid abuse while calling for more funds to implement many of the bill’s programs. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) passed both houses of Congress in July after Democrats backed off their demands that higher levels of funding be included in the bill.
New generation of seniors pushes Congress to review chronic care
Congress is considering chronic care legislation, but don’t expect final action on any proposals until next year when a new Congress and a new president take office, Capitol Hill watchers agree.
Physicians lead charge for defective medical device reporting measures
A Pennsylvania physician is lobbying Congress to act on a new proposal that would require doctors to report defective medical equipment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Malpractice reform efforts pit uniformity vs state autonomy
A malpractice reform bill introduced earlier this year in the U.S. House of Representatives, the latest attempt to rein in medical malpractice awards on a national level, already has run into some conservative opposition on Capitol Hill.
Physicians don’t want hands tied by opioid reform
Congress has taken what some are calling largely symbolic steps to address the issue of opioid abuse.