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Released: 23-May-2022 5:45 PM EDT
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Advocates for Families During Infant Formula Shortage
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy is rallying support for a bill that would offer more opportunities for working mothers to breastfeed their babies by expanding workplace accommodations.

Released: 23-May-2022 1:30 PM EDT
AACC Calls on Congress to Halt Legislation That Would Hinder Patient Access to Essential Medical Tests
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC has sent comments to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee urging the committee not to include the VALID Act in its omnibus Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee legislation. VALID would limit the availability of vital laboratory-developed tests, decreasing patient access to life-saving diagnostic tools.

Released: 19-May-2022 7:30 PM EDT
Prevent BLEEDing Act introduced in Congress will advance STOP THE BLEED efforts
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) applauds Senators Menendez and Boozman and Representatives O’Halleran and Wenstrup for introducing the Prevent Blood Loss with Emergency Equipment Devices Act (Prevent BLEEDing Act). This legislation is crucial to support efforts to bring STOP THE BLEED® training and equipment directly to all U.S. citizens.

Newswise: ACI to Congress: Ensure EPA Chemical Safety Office Has Necessary Funding
Released: 17-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
ACI to Congress: Ensure EPA Chemical Safety Office Has Necessary Funding
American Cleaning Institute

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) urged congressional leaders to ensure that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) receives the funding necessary to ensure that new, innovative and safe cleaning products can reach consumers quickly.

Released: 17-May-2022 9:45 AM EDT
Statement by AERA President Rich Milner and AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine on the Racist Murders in Buffalo
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

The American Education Research Association grieves for all those who lost their lives to, and with all those who suffer from, the racist violence in the assault in Buffalo.

Released: 17-May-2022 7:50 AM EDT
Increased Access to Care and Reduced Treatment Delays Lead Priorities as Radiation Oncologists Meet with Members of Congress
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Radiation oncologists will meet with congressional leaders and staff today to ask for their support of policies to bolster access and equity in cancer care. Today’s American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Advocacy Day is the first to be held in-person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 10-May-2022 6:05 PM EDT
Michigan Opts Out of Physician Supervision of CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Michigan is now the 20th state to opt out from federal regulations that require physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) reports that the governors of 19 additional states and Guam have exercised such exemptions.

Released: 6-May-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Following White House Announcement, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to Advocate for Nutrition Security, Health Equity, Prevention of Diet-Related Chronic Diseases
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The White House’s May 4 announcement that it will host a conference on hunger, nutrition and health in September is an imperative investment in addressing national issues that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics strongly supports: nutrition security, health equity and prevention of diet-related chronic diseases.

Released: 5-May-2022 9:35 AM EDT
In Latest Twist … Government Requests Texas Court Place “Hold” on Its Surprise Billing Appeal
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

ACEP, ACR and ASA are encouraged by the federal government’s request for a “hold” on its appeal of a Texas federal court ruling vacating parts of the independent dispute resolution (IDR) process in the Surprise Billing Interim Final Rule.

Newswise: White House Announces Historic Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
Released: 4-May-2022 7:05 AM EDT
White House Announces Historic Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
Tufts University

The Biden-Harris administration announced today that it will hold a historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health this September. The conference will be only the second of its kind and the first in more than 50 years.

Newswise: Closing Gaps in Asthma Care; World Asthma Day 2022
Released: 3-May-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Closing Gaps in Asthma Care; World Asthma Day 2022
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

On this World Asthma Day, May 3, 2022, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which the American Thoracic Society is a founding member, calls on international respiratory communities to work together with colleagues, patients, communities and health care providers to close the gaps in asthma care.

Released: 28-Apr-2022 2:10 PM EDT
FDA Action to Remove Menthol-Flavored Cigarettes Improves Health Equity, Says American Thoracic Society
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Today, the FDA announced its decision to “prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and all characterizing flavors in cigars.”

Newswise: AACN Rounds with Leadership - Sustaining a Culture of Safety
Released: 28-Apr-2022 9:35 AM EDT
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Sustaining a Culture of Safety
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

The joy connected with hosting an in-person AACN Deans Annual Meeting last month was tempered by the news of the criminal conviction of former nurse RaDonda Vaught for making a fatal medication error. Despite numerous system failures contributing to this tragic accident, the individual nurse was held responsible for this terrible outcome, even though she was forthcoming about the unintentional errors made.

Released: 25-Apr-2022 11:50 AM EDT
ACEP, ACR and ASA Continue Federal Surprise Billing Implementation Lawsuit as Government Challenges Texas Court Ruling
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Three major medical associations will continue to press their federal lawsuit to block implementation of parts of the Surprise Billing Interim Final Rule in the wake of a last-minute government challenge to a Feb. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruling that vacated those parts of the rule.

Released: 21-Apr-2022 9:50 AM EDT
AACC Statement on Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening Tests
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

We share the FDA’s goal of alerting the public to the potential misuse of non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) tests. This is why we’ve been advocating for the modernization of how laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) are regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Released: 20-Apr-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Endocrine Society Opposes Florida Department of Health Policy on Gender Dysphoria Treatment for Children and Adolescents
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society objects to the Florida Department of Health’s bulletin on gender-affirming care for transgender and gender-diverse youth. The bulletin contradicts the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ resources and the Society’s own evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline regarding gender-affirming care.

Released: 20-Apr-2022 1:30 PM EDT
Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Dangerous APRN Legislation – Protects Patients in the Badger State
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) commends Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers for his leadership and dedication to patient safety demonstrated by his veto of Senate Bill 394 (SB 394), a measure that would have significantly eliminated requirements for physician collaboration with all advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including nurse anesthetists.

Released: 20-Apr-2022 10:05 AM EDT
New Report Analyzes Massachusetts Ballot Question on Rideshare and Delivery Companies
Tufts University

A report released today by the Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life examines a Massachusetts ballot initiative that would give gig drivers some new and valuable protections--but would deny them the full complement of rights traditionally afforded to employees.

Released: 18-Apr-2022 9:35 AM EDT
Alabama Patients Have Increased Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Alabama patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing today of HB 268 by Governor Kay Ivey. The law provides that, in addition to physicians and dentists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) may provide anesthesia care under the direction of or in coordination with a physician, podiatrist, or dentist.

Released: 11-Apr-2022 2:05 PM EDT
ACSM Releases Call to Action During National Autism Awareness Month
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is the world’s fastest-growing developmental disability, affecting 1 in 44 children in the United States alone. Fortunately, exercise provides many benefits for those with autism, including improvements to quality of life and management of stereotypical behaviors like verbal repetition and hand-flapping.

Released: 8-Apr-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Senate Introduces Bill to Provide Full Chiropractic Coverage in Medicare
American Chiropractic Association

The U.S. Senate has introduced a bill, S. 4042, to modernize Medicare coverage and better meet the needs of today’s seniors by increasing access to services provided by doctors of chiropractic.

Released: 6-Apr-2022 6:05 PM EDT
ASTRO remains committed to an RO-APM that prioritizes value-based care in light of CMS delay
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) response to the CMS decision to delay the start of the Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model (RO Model)

Released: 5-Apr-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Association for Molecular Pathology Hosted a Congressional Briefing to Urge Lawmakers to Consider the VALID Act of 2021 Separately from the Medical Device User Fee Agreement Process
Association for Molecular Pathology

The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, molecular diagnostic professional society, called on Congress to allow for a thorough evaluation of the Verifying Accurate Leading-edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act of 2021, or any other legislation to change regulations for laboratory developed testing procedures (LDPs). Representatives from AMP, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), and the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) hosted a congressional briefing yesterday to educate lawmakers about how diagnostic tests are currently regulated and the substantial impact the VALID Act would have on clinical testing laboratories, healthcare providers, and patients throughout the U.S.

Released: 4-Apr-2022 1:35 PM EDT
DOE support for scientists impacted by the war in Ukraine
Department of Energy, Office of Science

While the people of Ukraine have many needs, the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Science (SC) can provide a safe and supportive environment for students, post-doctoral researchers, and scientists to continue their research in mission-relevant disciplines.

Released: 30-Mar-2022 5:10 PM EDT
Endocrine Society applauds House for taking action to address insulin affordability
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society applauds the House of Representatives for hearing our call to improve insulin affordability for people with diabetes as it prepares to vote on the Affordable Insulin Now Act this week.

Released: 30-Mar-2022 2:00 PM EDT
AANA President Issues Statement on Nurse RaDonda Vaught Verdict
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Dr. Dina Velocci, DNP, CRNA, APRN, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) issued the following statement in response to a verdict of a former nurse found guilty in an accidental injection death of a patient.

Released: 30-Mar-2022 8:30 AM EDT
President’s FY 2023 Budget Calls for Increased Support for Nursing Education and Research
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

President Biden has released the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Budget, which outlines additional investments in nursing and other key programs under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Education, as well as a commitment to addressing many pressing issues facing the nation.

Released: 28-Mar-2022 7:05 AM EDT
Schools and Programs of Public Health Join Together to Demand the Protection of Health Care Workers in Ukraine and Beyond
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Russia must cease its attacks on Ukraine’s health care facilities, as must perpetrators of attacks on health care in ongoing conflicts throughout the world.

Released: 25-Mar-2022 5:50 PM EDT
AANA Applauds Signing of Legislation Supporting Behavior Health for Healthcare Providers
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) commends President Biden for signing the “Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act” (H.R. 1667), which promotes behavioral health and well-being among healthcare professionals. The bill is named after an emergency room physician who died by suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 24-Mar-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Utah Governor Signs Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant Licensure Bill
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox signed into law Senate Bill 121, which authorizes certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) to provide anesthesia care in Utah. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Utah Society of Anesthesiologists (USA) applaud this action, which now makes this highly qualified group available to Utah patients.

Released: 23-Mar-2022 12:25 PM EDT
Medicare Physician Payment System Is Broken, MedPAC Should Support Update
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) urges Congress to not accept the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommendation of no (zero percent) annual payment update for physician payments in 2023. MedPAC put forth the recommendation as part of its March 2022 report despite significant evidence of already inadequate rates, rising practice costs, and pandemic-related financial pressures facing physician practices serving patients with high-quality care every day. MedPAC is an independent legislative branch agency that provides Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program.

Released: 23-Mar-2022 12:15 PM EDT
American Society of Nephrology and American Association of Kidney Patients Seek Congressional Support for Kidney Research and Innovation
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Today advocates of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) will meet with their Congressional delegations to ask for new policies to improve kidney health for 37 million Americans living with kidney diseases.

Newswise: Breathing in Science to Eliminate TB: World TB Day 2022
Released: 22-Mar-2022 2:10 PM EDT
Breathing in Science to Eliminate TB: World TB Day 2022
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

In support of World TB Day, March 24, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which the American Thoracic Society is a founding member, calls on the tuberculosis community to challenge ourselves to think differently, champion science and embrace evidence-based innovation if we are to end TB.

Released: 21-Mar-2022 11:45 AM EDT
AANA Applauds Rep. Underwood’s Support of Removing Barriers to Care in the Veterans Administration
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

ring a hearing on VA Healthcare workforce issues on March 17 in the House Committee on Veterans Affairs (VA), Committee member Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Congress to address workforce shortages in the VA healthcare system by allowing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice at the full scope of their licensure and education.

Released: 18-Mar-2022 9:30 AM EDT
Indiana Governor Signs Law Protecting Patients from Medical Title Misappropriation
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb signed into law Senate Bill 239, a vital patient safety measure that prevents the misappropriation of medical specialty titles, including “anesthesiologist.”

Released: 17-Mar-2022 12:45 PM EDT
Veterans Have Increased Access to Quality Anesthesia Care With Passage of RAISE Act
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, signed into law by President Biden on March 15, includes legislation to increase recruitment opportunities for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system.

Released: 14-Mar-2022 2:15 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists Applauds Congressmen Scott, Turner and Garbarino for Protecting Veterans Lives by Maintaining Physician-led Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) applauds Congressman David Scott (GA-13), Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) and Congressman Andrew Garbarino (NY-02) for the introduction of the Protect Lifesaving Anesthesia Care for Veterans Act and urges the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to retain the Anesthesia Care Team model currently used in VA.

Released: 11-Mar-2022 4:35 PM EST
Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Provides Much-Needed Funding for Cancer Research
Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) commends Congress for developing the bipartisan Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, bringing a close to months of fiscal uncertainty under Continuing Resolutions.

Released: 10-Mar-2022 9:00 AM EST
Global Kidney Organizations Appeal for Kidney Health for All War Victims
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

As we observe World Kidney Day 2022 and recognize all the incredible advances in our field, we must pause and remember members of the kidney community in war-torn countries. This year’s World Kidney Day theme, “Kidney Health for All,” underscores harsh inequities that currently exist around the world. Global attention is currently on the war in Ukraine; many other countries—such as Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—are also in conflict.

Released: 9-Mar-2022 3:45 PM EST
AANA President Calls on Congress to Reject Legislation that Prevents Veterans from Accessing Quality Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) issued the following statement in response to a bill designed to prevent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) from practicing to the full extent of their licensure in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Released: 9-Mar-2022 3:05 PM EST
Conflict in Ukraine has serious repercussions for people with epilepsy and the health professionals who support them
International League Against Epilepsy

About 250,000 people in Ukraine have epilepsy, which requires daily medication. But supplies of anti-seizure medications are running low in Ukraine, and nearly 2 million people have fled into neighboring countries, with more likely to follow over the coming weeks.

8-Mar-2022 8:00 PM EST
AASM calls for end of seasonal time changes ahead of “springing forward”
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

With spring quickly approaching, most of those in the U.S. must prepare to spring forward with the start of daylight saving time on Sunday, March 13. As a House committee prepares to hold a hearing on daylight saving time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine emphasizes that these seasonal time changes should be abolished.

Released: 7-Mar-2022 3:30 PM EST
Providing Care to Refugees, Others Affected by Violence in Ukraine Must Be a Global Priority: American Thoracic Society
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Today, the American Thoracic Society joined the chorus of voices worldwide condemning the violence in Ukraine.

Released: 1-Mar-2022 9:05 PM EST
Endocrine Society calls on Congress to address high insulin prices and consumer out-of-pocket costs
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society praised President Biden for affirming his commitment to improving insulin affordability during the State of the Union address.

Released: 28-Feb-2022 1:15 PM EST
Updated Guideline Introduces New Recommendations for Use of Medications Around Total Hip and Knee Replacement
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The ACR and the AAHKS released a summary of their updated guideline for the Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients with Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty.

Released: 23-Feb-2022 2:00 PM EST
Endocrine Society alarmed at criminalization of transgender medicine
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society condemns the directive by Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordering the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate any reported instances of Texas children receiving gender-affirming care as “child abuse.” This policy rejects evidence-based transgender medical care and will restrict access to care for teenagers experiencing gender incongruence or dysphoria.

Newswise: Nearly Two-Thirds of Georgians Support Immediate Action on Climate, Survey Shows
Released: 23-Feb-2022 10:05 AM EST
Nearly Two-Thirds of Georgians Support Immediate Action on Climate, Survey Shows
Georgia Institute of Technology

A majority of Georgia residents strongly support new solar and wind power capacity over new coal-fired plants and believe the state should set a carbon emissions reduction goal, according to a new survey conducted for researchers at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

Released: 17-Feb-2022 8:35 AM EST
Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act Promises to Expand Access to Cancer Screenings and Interventions for High-Risk Medicare Beneficiaries
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Reducing Hereditary Cancer Act, bipartisan legislation to expand access to medically-appropriate genetic testing to determine an individual’s risk of developing hereditary cancer—and access to evidence-based medical care to reduce risk for those who have a predisposing genetic mutation.

Released: 9-Feb-2022 4:20 PM EST
In New Court Motion, Major Medical Societies Argue No Surprises Act Rule Violates Law Passed by Congress
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

In a motion for summary judgement filed today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and American College of Radiology (ACR) argue that the interim final rule (IFR) created by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) turned the balanced and fair reforms of Congress’s No Surprises Act upside down and transformed the act intended to protect patients and their physicians into a giveaway for private insurers.

Released: 9-Feb-2022 4:15 PM EST
Nurse Anesthetists Are Answer to Quality, Affordable Healthcare in Utah
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Utah has consistently been recognized as one of the best U.S states for healthcare, but a bill circulating in the state’s legislature is threatening to compromise patients’ access to affordable, quality care. Senate Bill 121 will limit the availability of proven, cost-efficient anesthesia delivery in the state, according to Dan Bunker, CRNA, president of the Utah Association of Nurse Anesthetists (UANA).


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