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Wednesday, June 07, 2017 | Health Care

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Sets Sights on Lowering Generic Drug Prices: Report

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency may expedite applications for some generic drugs in an attempt to bring more price competition to the US market, Bloomberg reported. "We know the m…

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017 | Health Care

PA and NP Participation in Specialist Visits Doubles

The proportion of visits to specialists in which nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are involved has more than doubled in recent years, according to a research letter published o…

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Monday, June 05, 2017 | Health Care

Veterans Affairs to Use Same Electronic Health Record System as Military

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced his decision on the next-generation electronic health record (EHR) system for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at a news briefi…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | Health Care

Screen Eye Clinic Patients for Depression: Study

Eye clinic patients with low vision or blindness, and those who smoke or have diabetes, are at increased risk of being depressed and should be screened for depression, new research reports. "It i…

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Friday, May 26, 2017 | Health Care, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Johnson & Johnson Reps, AOA Execs Meet With FTC to Discuss Contact Lens Rule

Representatives of Johnson & Johnson Vision, the Coalition for Patient Vision Safety and the American Optometric Association (AOA) met earlier this week with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) acting …

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Friday, May 19, 2017 | Health Care

AOA and J&J Executives Advocate for Optometry and Patient Safety in Capitol Hill Meetings

Industry leaders visited Capitol Hill this week to deliver a message to Congress about eyecare, patient safety and the importance of “in-person vision care” provided by optometrists. The i…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Health Care

Proposal Would Allow Optometrists to Treat Glaucoma in Massachusetts

A legislative proposal would allow optometrists in Massachusetts to treat glaucoma and prescribe oral medications for eye infections. The provision was attached as an outside section in a $40.3 billio…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | Health Care, Management/Leadership

Senate Confirms Gottlieb as FDA Commissioner

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration despite Democratic questions about his financial ties to medical companies the agency regulates. …

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Friday, May 05, 2017 | Health Care

US House Passes Bill to Repeal, Replace Affordable Healthcare Act

The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted 217 to 213 in favor of proposed legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Healthcare Act, signed into law by fo…

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Friday, April 28, 2017 | Health Care, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Congress Hears From Ophthalmologists on Issues Affecting Medical and Surgical Eye Care

Eye physicians and surgeons representing the American Academy of Ophthalmology met with Congress in Washington D.C. on Wednesday on behalf of millions of patients across the United States who require …

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Monday, April 24, 2017 | Health Care, Medical Studies

NIH-Funded Study Shows Individualized Eye Exam Schedule Results in Lower Costs, Better Outcomes

New research results may lead to a reconsideration of how often people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes should have an eye screening. The current practice recommends that type 1 diabetics (after three y…

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Friday, April 21, 2017 | Health Care

Alphabet's Verily Unit Launches Study to Track Health Data

Verily, Alphabet Inc's life sciences business, said it was launching a four-year study with about 10,000 participants to understand how people transition from being healthy to becoming sick, and t…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Health Care

CMS Proposes 2018 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and policies when patients are admitted into hospitals. The proposed rule aims …

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Health Care

Ophthalmologists Highly Satisfied With Their Chosen Career

Ophthalmologists' satisfaction with their chosen career is high, data from the Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2017 show. When asked whether they would choose medicine again as a career, 79…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Health Care

AOA Releases New Evidence-Based Guideline for Pediatric Eye Care

Declaring eye and vision problems in children a significant public health concern, the American Optometric Association has issued a revised, evidence-based clinical pediatric guideline for doctors of …

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