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Time for kickback rules to reflect new payment models

Laws written to avoid unsavory financial arrangements in a fee-for-service world might hold back programs that would help patients.

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Most states now allowing experimental drug access

"Right-to-try" laws have been approved in 33 states, placing physicians at the center of dying patients' requests for experimental treatments.

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CMS delays some bundled payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gives itself a little more time to work out details of cardiac, hip fracture payment models.

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Texas physician penalized by IRS for personal loan

A family practice physician trying to pay employees after the chief financial officer embezzled millions ends up owing a $4 million tax penalty.

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Is it better to have kids when you're older or younger?

Despite health risks, study finds children born to older mothers have many advantages.

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Pharmacist linked to meningitis outbreak found guilty

Boston jury finds compounding pharmacy owner guilty of racketeering, but not of second-degree murder, in deaths of 60 people who used pharmacy's injectable steroid.

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How am I supposed to squeeze in 2 h of walking a day?

Study suggests 15,000 daily steps is superior to 10,000.

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Physicians ding payers for slow responses

A survey of physicians finds them dealing with multiple insurers, struggling with slow claims responses.

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National Quality Forum calls for culling of quality measures

NQF identifies 51 of 240 measures that could be removed from providers' reporting requirements.

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Physician raps her message of safe sex for seniors

Retirement communities are "almost like a college dorm."

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Is my child with autism going to die young?

Teasing apart the association between autism spectrum disorders and early mortality.

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Will my breast implants give me cancer?

FDA updates stance on breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

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Is there really a primary care physician shortage?

Will technology and efficiencies alone fill the gap?

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Testosterone advertisements linked to more prescribing

Researchers found more testosterone testing, therapy in television markets with more advertisements.

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