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IPAB: Bad Medicine for Patient Care

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The Independent Payment Advisory Board is bad medicine for patient care, deficit reduction and containing Medicare costs. This board, consisting of 15 bureaucrats appointed by the President, has been given the power to make decisions affecting patients’ quality of care, with almost no oversight and no means for challenging its decisions. IPAB must be repealed. There is widespread support among patient advocacy groups and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle for full Read More >

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NPR’s Shots Blog: Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

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This past weekend, Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR’s Shots blog shared a fascinating but disturbing map from the Council on Foreign Relations, How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases. The map covers 2008-2013 and shows outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough, and other diseases that are preventable with vaccines. As the article notes, we’ve seen a large increase in whooping cough cases here in the US. While the 24,000 cases seen in Read More >

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Young Invincibles Still Need Flu Shot

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Last Friday, the CDC reported that 35 states are seeing widespread cases of influenza. Young and middle aged adults are getting hit harder than usual this season due to the prevalence of the H1N1 (swine flu) strain, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Most years, it’s the very young and very old who are most affected. Unlike 2009, when H1N1 re-emerged after lying dormant for decades, this year’s flu shot does include protection against H1N1. However, Read More >

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BIO Joins Partners for Healthy Dialogues

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) recently joined the Partners for Healthy Dialogues effort. Dialogues+ had the opportunity to ask Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, about why BIO joined the effort, the importance of collaboration and preparing for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. “BIO and our members support transparency in the life science industry and in the relationships between industry and physicians. We also strongly believe in the value of such relationships for the Read More >

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Flu Week: It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

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This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, established by the CDC to encourage people to get vaccinated as we enter the holiday season. In the past few years, estimates have shown that flu vaccination activity drops quickly after November. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot this year, it’s not too late. Flu season typically peaks in January or February, and vaccination remains beneficial as long as long as the viruses are spreading and causing Read More >

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