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Released: 18-Jun-2024 7:05 PM EDT
Statement on the Kansas State Employees Health Care Commission’s Decision to Increase Access to Breast Imaging
Susan G. Komen

Kansas State Employees Health Care Commission voted unanimously to eliminate the out-of-pocket costs for diagnostic and supplemental imaging for Kansas state employees with an effective date of January 1, 2024.

Released: 12-Jun-2024 4:00 PM EDT
AANA Issues Policy Considerations for the Management of Waste Anesthetic Gases
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) recently issued its policy considerations addressing the safe and effective disposal of waste anesthetic gases (WAG).

Released: 12-Jun-2024 12:05 PM EDT
American Society of Nephrology Commends The House Energy And Commerce Committee for Advancing The Honor our Living Donors (Hold) Act (H.R. 6020)
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) applauds the House Energy and Commerce Committee for unanimously passing the Honor Our Living Donors Act (H.R. 6020), to ensure that only the income of a living donor can be considered when determining eligibility for federal financial assistance provided to living donors. The bipartisan legislation now awaits action on the House floor and in the Senate.

Released: 12-Jun-2024 8:05 AM EDT
ASTRO applauds new bipartisan legislation to reform prior authorization for Medicare Advantage patients
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) applauded today’s introduction of bipartisan federal legislation to address critical flaws in the prior authorization process. “The prior authorization system in its current form is ineffective and harmful to patients, creating unnecessary delays to lifesaving cancer treatments and distress for the people who need them,” said Jeff M. Michalski, MD, MBA, FASTRO, Chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors.

Released: 11-Jun-2024 9:00 AM EDT
Endocrine Society urges passage of the Right to IVF Act
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society endorses the Right to IVF Act, which was introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to protect and expand nationwide access to fertility treatment, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), and urges the Senate to pass the Right to IVF Act on June 12th to ensure that the freedom to start and grow a family is protected and accessible to everyone in the United States.

Released: 6-Jun-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Statement on Passage of Legislation Increasing Funding for Colorado’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program
Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, today issued the following statement on the passage of SB 24-086, which provides critical funding for the Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC), Colorado’s breast and cervical cancer screening program.

Released: 5-Jun-2024 6:15 PM EDT
Introduction of Breast Imaging Legislation Will Benefit Thousands of Ohioans
Susan G. Komen

Breast imaging legislation in Ohio will save thousands of lives.

Released: 4-Jun-2024 5:05 PM EDT
Massachusetts Patients now Have Increased Access to Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Massachusetts patients now have increased access to safe, affordable anesthesia care. The state is the latest to opt out from federal regulations that require physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), also known as nurse anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists.

Released: 3-Jun-2024 10:20 AM EDT
MEDIA ADVISORY - Webinar: The U.S. FDA’s rule on LDTs – What it means for you
Association for Diagnostic and Laboratory Medicine (ADLM (formerly AACC))

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long sparked controversy with its proposals to regulate laboratory developed tests (LDTs) as medical devices.

Released: 3-Jun-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Statement on Passage of Expanded Supplemental Breast Imaging Legislation in Louisiana
Susan G. Komen

Governor Jeff Landry signed a new law passed by the Louisiana legislature that requires insurance companies to cover the cost of diagnostic and supplemental breast imaging, with no out-of-pocket costs for patients.

Released: 3-Jun-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Statement on Passage of Diagnostic and Supplemental Imaging Legislation in New Hampshire
Susan G. Komen

Governor Chris Sununu signed a new law passed by the New Hampshire Legislature that requires insurance companies to cover the cost of diagnostic and supplemental breast imaging, with no out-of-pocket costs to patients.

Released: 3-Jun-2024 10:00 AM EDT
Washington DC Patients Now Have Increased Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Patients at Washington, D.C. healthcare facilities now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing of House Bill 25-0545 by Mayor Muriel Bowser. The law, also known as the Health Occupations Revision General Amendment Act of 2024 (HORA) removes collaboration requirements for all advanced practice registered nurses, including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and grants CRNAs the authority to work independently in the delivery of anesthesia.

Released: 28-May-2024 4:00 PM EDT
AANA Issues Updated Practice Considerations for Ketamine Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders and Chronic Pain Management
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) recently updated its practice considerations addressing ketamine therapy to cite the most current studies, as AANA continues to support a patient-centered, interdisciplinary approach to providing care and treatment to persons with psychiatric disorders or chronic pain.

Released: 20-May-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Is a Global Pandemic Prevention Pact Within Reach?
Harvard Medical School

The World Health Organization’s governing body is scheduled to meet on May 27 to discuss a critically needed plan for global pandemic preparedness.

Newswise: New Agreement Commits Long-Term Annual Funding To Protect Highly Biodiverse Yasuní in Ecuador
Released: 20-May-2024 8:05 AM EDT
New Agreement Commits Long-Term Annual Funding To Protect Highly Biodiverse Yasuní in Ecuador
Wildlife Conservation Society

The globally renowned Yasuní ecosystem in Ecuador will receive a significant boost in conservation efforts through a new agreement between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Legacy Landscapes Fund (LLF), supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Newswise: Higher rates of cancer in minoritized communities across Chicago and U.S. driven by disparities
Released: 15-May-2024 5:05 PM EDT
Higher rates of cancer in minoritized communities across Chicago and U.S. driven by disparities
University of Chicago Medical Center

A new report from the American Association for Cancer Research explains the major drivers of cancer disparities and which groups are affected most. UChicago Medicine is prioritizing research initiatives that promote cancer equity.

Released: 15-May-2024 12:30 PM EDT
Bipartisan bill to modernize radiation oncology reimbursement introduced in Congress
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Today marks a significant milestone in cancer care with the introduction of bipartisan federal legislation that would revolutionize Medicare reimbursement for radiation therapy.

Released: 14-May-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Tennessee Governor Signs Law Protecting Patients from Medical Title Misappropriation
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed into law Senate Bill 1720/House Bill 2451, a vital patient protection measure that prevents the misleading use of medical specialty titles, including “anesthesiologist” and “anesthesiology” by unqualified individuals.

Released: 9-May-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Increasing Organ Transplant Access (IOTA) Model Announced To Increase Patient Access To Kidney Transplantation
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

The long-awaited Increasing Organ Transplant Access (IOTA) Model was released yesterday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) focusing on increasing patients’ access to kidney transplantation across the United States.

Released: 8-May-2024 2:05 PM EDT
Statement on Increased Funding for the Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen commends the Georgia General Assembly and Governor Brian Kemp for allocating $796,000 in the FY2025 budget for the state's Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.

   
Newswise: Asthma Education is Key to Reducing Deaths Worldwide, Say Respiratory Health Associations
Released: 7-May-2024 9:00 AM EDT
Asthma Education is Key to Reducing Deaths Worldwide, Say Respiratory Health Associations
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

On World Asthma Day 2024 the message is clear: "Asthma Education Empowers." The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which the American Thoracic Society is a founding member, stresses the crucial role of education in empowering people with asthma to manage their condition effectively and to know when to seek medical assistance.

Newswise: NCCN Policy Summit Encourages Conversation and Action on Sexual Health and Fertility Issues Faced by People with Cancer
Released: 6-May-2024 2:00 PM EDT
NCCN Policy Summit Encourages Conversation and Action on Sexual Health and Fertility Issues Faced by People with Cancer
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)—an alliance of leading cancer centers—hosts an oncology policy summit focused on how sexual and reproductive health can impact people with cancer before, during, and after treatment.

Released: 30-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Susan G. Komen® Urges Personalized Approach in Response to Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations
Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen believes final recommendations made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on screening mammography diminish the significance of regular screening mammography and could exacerbate the troubling fact that 25% of eligible women have foregone mammograms in the past two years.

Released: 29-Apr-2024 4:30 PM EDT
The Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC) opposes FDA ruling on laboratory developed tests; urges FDA to involve all stakeholders in modernization of laboratory developed test regulation in order to improve patient care
Association for Diagnostic and Laboratory Medicine (ADLM (formerly AACC))

We at the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM, formerly AACC) strongly disagree with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) decision to issue a final rule placing laboratory developed tests under duplicative FDA authority, in addition to these tests’ current regulation under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Released: 25-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Statement on Passage of Diagnostic and Supplemental Imaging Legislation in Vermont
Susan G. Komen

Legislation signed by Gov. Phil Scott eliminates out-of-pocket expenses for diagnostic and supplemental imaging, which is crucial in ruling out breast cancer and a standard form of imaging for people at high-risk of breast cancer and survivors.

19-Apr-2024 4:00 PM EDT
AANA Advocates for Workplace Violence Prevention
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), along with the support of nearly 60 nursing affiliates and partner associations, has signed a letter to leaders of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urging them to immediately release their proposed workplace violence prevention standard. April is Workplace Violence Prevention Awareness Month, and AANA continues to raise awareness and inspire action through its advocacy and policy work.

17-Apr-2024 5:05 PM EDT
American Society of Nephrology Calls on Congress to Increase Funding for the US Transplant System
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Today, leaders from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) will meet with their congressional delegations and call for their support of an $8 million increase for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Organ Transplantation Program in FY 25 This funding, totaling $67 million, will be used to continue Congress’ commitment to people seeking a transplant and will implement reforms to modernize the transplant system and make transplant care more accessible.

Released: 9-Apr-2024 9:25 AM EDT
Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC) survey of clinical labs finds that FDA’s proposed laboratory developed tests rule would hinder pediatric care
Association for Diagnostic and Laboratory Medicine (ADLM (formerly AACC))

Today, the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM, formerly AACC) released the results of a survey the organization conducted to determine how the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposed laboratory developed tests rule would impact patient care.

Released: 8-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Statement on Passage of Diagnostic and Supplemental Imaging Legislation in Kentucky
Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen commends passage of HB 115 in Kentucky, which removes out-of-pocket costs for diagnostic and supplemental imaging. This is a critical form of breast cancer screening for some high-risk individuals and an important step in determining the need for a biopsy to rule out or confirm breast cancer.

   
Released: 4-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
International Consensus Statement Published in Nature Reviews Nephrology Calls for Urgent Action to Address Chronic Kidney Disease on the Global Public Health Agenda
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Nature Reviews Nephrology published a landmark international consensus statement titled "Chronic Kidney Disease and the Global Public Health Agenda: An International Consensus." Authored by a coalition of leading experts, stakeholders, and nephrology societies, the publication highlights critical policy, advocacy, and implementation needs to alleviate the growing burden of kidney disease worldwide.

Newswise: Introduction of Legislation to Expand Access to Breast Cancer Treatment for Missourians
Released: 3-Apr-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Introduction of Legislation to Expand Access to Breast Cancer Treatment for Missourians
Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen®, commends Representative Chantelle Nickson-Clark (D-Florissant) for working with Komen to expand eligibility for the MO HealthNet Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment (BCCT) program, providing increased access to vital breast and cervical cancer treatment services.

Released: 29-Mar-2024 4:05 PM EDT
Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants Now Authorized to Practice in Washington State
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5184, which authorizes certified anesthesiologist assistant (CAA) licensure in the state. The law, which is the first to introduce the role of CAAs to the Pacific Northwest, will be effective in June, 2024.

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Released: 29-Mar-2024 2:15 PM EDT
American College of Surgeons Commends Passage of STOP THE BLEED® Bill in State of Washington
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

The ACS applauds the Washington State Legislature for enacting Senate Bill 5790, which mandates that schools in the state of Washington maintain and provide bleeding control equipment on campus and includes other measures to greatly help communities respond to bleeding emergencies.

Newswise: Italians Abroad Can Easily Resume Healthcare Coverage When Returning to Italy
Released: 27-Mar-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Italians Abroad Can Easily Resume Healthcare Coverage When Returning to Italy
Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Italians residing abroad and registered with the EU health card service are guaranteed the maintenance of medical assistance and health exemptions when they return to Italy.

   
Released: 25-Mar-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Anesthesiologist, Emergency Physician and Radiologist Groups Maintain Support for Texas Medical Association Challenge to Flawed No Surprises Act Implementation
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), American College of Radiology® (ACR®) and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) submitted their fifth amicus brief in support of the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA) suit challenging the federal government’s improper implementation of the No Surprises Act.

Released: 24-Mar-2024 2:05 PM EDT
American Society of Nephrology Celebrates Transformational Transplant Funding
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Delivering on its commitment to increase Americans’ access to kidney transplant by improving the transparency and efficiency of our nation’s transplant network, Congress this week approved a much-needed $23 million federal funding increase in fiscal year (FY) 2024 for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the agency responsible for overseeing the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).

Newswise: US House Foreign Affairs Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill for Global Conservation
Released: 21-Mar-2024 11:05 AM EDT
US House Foreign Affairs Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill for Global Conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society

“USFICA would create a public-private partnership to save wildlife and wild places around the world. What that means is government funds would leverage private support, making public dollars go much farther. And those monies would go directly to protected areas and parks around the world.” John Calvelli, WCS Executive VP for Public Affairs

   
Released: 21-Mar-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC) Submits Testimony to Congress Opposing FDA’s Proposed LDTs Rule
Association for Diagnostic and Laboratory Medicine (ADLM (formerly AACC))

“Today, we at the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM, formerly AACC) provided testimony to Congress regarding the impact of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposed rule to impose FDA oversight on laboratory developed tests in addition to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) oversight. While we share FDA’s goal of ensuring that laboratory developed tests are safe and effective, we have serious concerns about the agency’s proposal. If finalized, this rule would create a burdensome dual regulatory structure that would limit patient access to many life-saving tests.

Released: 20-Mar-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Susan G. Komen® Urges U.S. House, Senate to Pass Critical Breast Health Legislation After House Committee Vote
Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen is urging the U.S. House and Senate to bring the SCREENS for Cancer Act to a floor vote as soon as possible so breast health services are available to those who need them now.

Newswise: Happiness Poll: Democrats and Biden Voters Report More Happiness Than GOP and Trump Supporters
Released: 19-Mar-2024 11:30 AM EDT
Happiness Poll: Democrats and Biden Voters Report More Happiness Than GOP and Trump Supporters
Florida Atlantic University

A happiness poll reveals voters of the Democratic party and U.S. President Joe Biden are happier than voters for the Republican party and former U.S. President Donald Trump, while older and wealthier adult voters are happier than younger and less-wealthy ones.

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Released: 13-Mar-2024 12:05 PM EDT
Washingtonians Overwhelmingly Want Anesthesiologists to Oversee Nurse Anesthetists and Respond to Emergencies to Ensure Patient Safety
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

When informed of the background, education, and training of an anesthesiologist versus a nurse anesthetist, people living in Washington, D.C. want anesthesiologists to administer anesthesia during surgery. The District of Columbia Society of Anesthesiologists (DCSA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) strongly oppose Council Bill 25-545 that would eliminate the long-established requirement that a physician oversee anesthesia administered by nurse anesthetists and would allow these nurses to perform pain medicine procedures. Council Bill 25-545 jeopardizes the safety of Washington, D.C. patients who need anesthesia care. Bill 25-545 is scheduled for mark up in the Committee on Health at 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 21.

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Released: 13-Mar-2024 9:05 AM EDT
SLU/YouGov Poll: Missouri Voters Support Abortion Initiative, Sports Betting and Open Enrollment
Saint Louis University

The February 2024 SLU/YouGov Poll surveyed 900 likely Missouri voters about their opinions regarding the 2024 election, critical political issues facing the state and country, Missouri education issues, and matters being considered by the Missouri legislature.

Newswise: AACN Supports Increased Nursing Education Funding in President’s FY 2025 Budget
Released: 12-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
AACN Supports Increased Nursing Education Funding in President’s FY 2025 Budget
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

AACN is pleased to see recommended increases to programs that support nursing education and the workforce in the Administration's proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025.

Released: 11-Mar-2024 5:00 PM EDT
AANA Advocates for Excellence During Patient Safety Awareness Week
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

During Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2024, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) proudly joins the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in raising awareness and promote initiatives that make healthcare safer for patients and the healthcare workforce.

Released: 8-Mar-2024 7:05 PM EST
Endocrine Society celebrates extension of Special Diabetes Program
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society applauds Congress for approving the first funding increase for the Special Diabetes Program in two decades.

Released: 7-Mar-2024 12:05 PM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists Extremely Frustrated with Another Year of Medicare Payment Cuts
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Today the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) expressed disappointment with the congressional “doc fix” provisions included in the recently passed government funding package. Instead of blocking the fourth straight year of Medicare payment cuts to physicians, the provisions only reduce the size of the 2024 payment cut by about half, leaving physician practices with unsustainable payment cuts.

Released: 7-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EST
American Society of Nephrology Applauds the Ways and Means Committee for Advancing the Kidney Patient Act (Hr 5074)
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) commends congressional leaders on the House Ways and Means committee for advancing the Kidney PATIENT Act, bipartisan legislation to maintain patient access to oral-only medications by retaining coverage through Medicare Part D. More than 500,000 patients undergoing dialysis require numerous medications to manage their health, and, for many patients this includes certain oral-only medications, such as phosphate binders. These vital oral-only medications are best dispensed by pharmacies, who have dedicated infrastructure suited to promoting at-home medication adherence and are more accessible to patients.



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