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Maintenance of Certification -- A Hot Topic in Medicine Most Patients Don't Know About But Should

Would you be willing to visit a physician who is not "board certified"? That may be a question you'll have to ask yourself if a small but vocal group of doctors get their way.

At present, there are 880,000 practicing physicians in the United States. More than 800,000 of them are certified by one or …

Certification

Transgender Women Face Inadequate Health Care, 'Shocking' HIV Rates

Transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame, according to a recent World Health Organization report. And the story is told most starkly in the high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide.

JoAnne Keatley, one of the authors of …

Gender

Ronald Reagan’s lasting healthcare legacy: How ’80s deficit spending and conservative ideologies reshaped the healthcare debate

In Obama's first term, Democrats managed to enact Obamacare without expanding Medicare. History explains why

Deficits and Defense

The election of Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980 furthered the ascendance of conservatism in national politics. The Reagan administration sought to cut taxes, …

Political History

About that job-killing Obamacare: Jobless claims fall to lowest level in 40 years

Clearly, President Obama's socialism is destroying the country.
The fewest Americans in four decades filed applications for unemployment benefits last …

Jobless Claims

While health care jobs fall short, officials say Medicaid expansion on track to pay for itself

By Al Cross
Special to NKyTribune

The basic financial premise of Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid under federal health reform is that the addition of …

Health Care

Utah's expanding Medicaid — An end to the free ride, for four states that switched to HealthCare.gov — Puerto Rico reps to meet Burwell

BUZZ: UTAH'S FINALLY GOT A DEAL TO EXPAND MEDICAID — In a startling turnaround in negotiations in the Beehive State, Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders reached a deal Friday night for a conceptual framework for expanding Medicaid under Obamacare. Herbert has long supported expansion — his …

Puerto Rico

Medicaid at 50: Evolving to Improve Health, Lower Costs | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

While researching our paper on state Medicaid innovations that improve health while cutting unnecessary spending, we were surprised at how many …

Medicaid

Even Nuns Aren't Exempt From Obamacare's Birth-Control Mandate

A federal appeals court rules that the Little Sisters of the Poor received a sufficient religious accommodation.

They’re the perfect plaintiffs: elderly nuns who wear habits and care for the poor and elderly. When the Little Sisters of the Poor filed a complaint against the Affordable Care Act’s …

Contraception

Federal Court Upholds Health Law’s Contraceptive Coverage

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday handed the Obama administration another victory in its effort to guarantee coverage of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act, rejecting a challenge by the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns.

The United States Court of …

Religion

Broader Statin Use Gets Support From 2 New Studies

Two studies published Tuesday lend support to controversial new cholesterol guidelines that could vastly increase the number of Americans advised to take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.

The guidelines, issued by two leading cardiology societies in November 2013, move away from trying to …

Statins

More Medicare money matters — Precision medicine initiative bandwagon rolling — Cures continues

With help from David Pittman (@David_Pittman)

MEDICARE TALKING THAT CASH CASH CASH: Medicare unveiled its proposed physician pay schedules. The 800+ page document contains many goodies of interest to digital health people. Here’s the distillation:

— In 2016, the agency will begin paying for some …

Medicine

Medicare to start covering end-of-life discussions

Medicare will begin reimbursing doctors for appointments with patients who want to discuss end-of-life care, a proposal that had the crazy right-wing …

Medicare

The Real Story of Obamacare's Birth

One reason for the continued resistance to the Affordable Care Act is a badly distorted narrative of how it became law.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s remarkable 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell saves the Affordable Care Act from evisceration, although Obamacare will undoubtedly face a continuing pattern …

Republicans

Jeb! trashes Obamacare in public, but privately made a cool half million off it

Liberal News

In Health Law, a Boon for Diet Clinics

Dr. Michael Kaplan looked across his desk at a woman who had sought out his Long Island Weight Loss Institute and asked the question he often poses to new patients: “Where do you think you go wrong with food?”

The 38-year-old patient was about 20 pounds overweight and, as she described it, …

Healthy Eating

The US just had its first measles death since 2003

(US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)This has been a bad year for measles.We started 2015 with one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent …

Viruses

Medicare & Medicaid 50th Anniversary

Medicare & Medicaid: Keeping Us Healthy for 50 Years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the …

Medicaid

Federal Benefits Providers Can No Longer Refuse to Cover Gender Transition Costs

A hard-won victory was granted to the LGBTQ community last week when the Supreme Court decided to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. But …

Gender

As nation awaits Obamacare ruling, report cites 6 percent drop in uninsured Floridians

Times Staff Writer

The percentage of Floridians without health insurance dropped nearly 6 points after the Affordable Care Act took full effect, …

The Issue That Won’t Go Away

So another atrocity has us talking about race again. And rightly so. Nothing about America makes sense without understanding the long shadow cast by the original sin of slavery.

And yes, it’s an integral part of the left-right divide. Look at “Why Doesn’t the United States Have a European-Style …

Liberal News

CBO: Repealing Health Reform Would Increase Deficit | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

• Repealing health reform (that is, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) would increase the federal deficit by $353 billion over 2016-2025 using CBO's …

King v. Burwell: Did the Supreme Court already tip its hand?

The Supreme Court will rule this month on King v. Burwell, a case arguing that Obamacare's insurance subsidies are illegal. A decision in favor of

Supreme Court

Doctors Are Partisan On Obamacare (Just Like Everybody Else)

When it comes to health care politics, it looks like doctors and nurses are just as partisan as the rest of us. A survey released Thursday found that …

Political Science

Vast data warehouse raises health overhaul privacy concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government data warehouse stores personal information indefinitely on millions of people who seek coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, including those who open an account on HealthCare.gov but don't sign up for coverage.

At a time when major breaches have …

Study of returns to the ER suggests lack of follow-up care

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one wants to make a repeat visit to the emergency room for the same complaint, but new research suggests it's more common than previously thought and surprisingly, people frequently wind up at a different ER the second time around.

Already some ERs are taking steps to find out …

The Supreme Court's Obamacare decision will determine if this cancer patient gets chemotherapy

Marilyn Schramm is thinking about moving.She is a 63-year-old retiree who lives in Texas, and since November 2013 she's purchased health insurance …

Cancer

Experts: States 'Completely Unprepared' If SCOTUS Kills Obamacare Subsidies

State lawmakers are struggling to come up with a contingency plan if the Supreme Court invalidates their federal Obamacare subsidies, according to a …

Subsidies

Here's another way Obamacare is changing U.S. healthcare for the better

The aimed to go well beyond merely making health insurance more accessible to millions of people who couldn't buy it in the individual insurance market; many provisions were designed to fundamentally change for the better how healthcare is delivered in the country. A new study shows one way it's …

Health Care

Democrats Have Every Reason to Save Republicans From an Obamacare "Bloodletting"

Sometime this month, possibly as early as Monday morning, the Supreme Court will issue its ruling in King v. Burwell. If the Court ignores both the …

Republicans