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Health Policy

Medicaid

Is Medicaid the Middle Ground on Obamacare? From Kaiser Health News- Joel Hay, a professor at the University of Southern California, describes his political views as “conservative, free market.” But in a counterintuitive twist, his proposal to fix the Affordable Care Act would expand the largest source of public health …
healthcare policy

We’ll keep sharing news around healthcare policy as it emerges out of Washington. Thanks to CMA for sending this story over. From USC Annenberg, Center for Health Journalism At nation’s busiest ER, docs nervously eye Republican health plans By Ryan White It’s just after 2 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, …
Drug prices

From Kaiser Health News by Sarah Jane Tribble For years, congressional Democrats have tried to pass legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices for millions of beneficiaries. Now, they believe they have a not-so-secret weapon: President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) …
African American cancer

From the National Institute of Health – The largest study to date of African American cancer survivors in the United States is underway. The Detroit Research on Cancer Survivors (ROCS) study, which will include 5,560 cancer survivors, will support a broad research agenda looking at the major factors affecting cancer progression, …
African American Physicians

Back in July a few of us on the LACMA team talked about our emotional response to hearing Dr. Brian H. Williams in Dallas share deeply around his experience as an African American physician and trauma surgeon in the US. His remarks at a press conference went viral. The result of that …
Insurance Mergers

An AMA Viewpoints from AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD Both decisions are in and trial courts have blocked Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s acquisition of Humana, deeming them a threat to the affordability, accessibility and quality of health care. These rulings are victories of great magnitude for our …
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. As part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the campaign encourages the community to – Get Educated. Get Tested. Get Involved. Get Treated. We’d like to thank Dr. C. Freeman for providing us with current statistics on HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles in …
Physician Burnout

We are taking a break this week from our traditional, multi-story, news-driven publications to focus exclusively on a single topic, physician burnout, in an effort to prevent any more headlines from happening. The most read story in the history of PNN, by far, is the 2015 article “Keck Professor’s Death …
transgender youth

From STAT – Pediatrician Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy uses a stethoscope and otoscope, of course. But running a clinic for transgender youth means her pediatric medical supplies also include a selection of silicone penises and chest-flattening binders. Thanks to the openness of Caitlyn Jenner and others, public awareness of transgenderism — and …
Cures 21st Century Act

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act that Includes Health IT Provisions The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act last week with huge bipartisan support and a vote of 392-26. The broad medical innovation bill will provide funding totaling $6.3 billion for a multitude of projects aimed …