Hospital doctors are seniors’ best allies in observation stay conflicts, geriatric care group finds
Jul 25, 2013
Hospital physicians are the best recourse for seniors who have problems related to “observation status,” according to a new survey from the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care...
In big move, DEA allows nurses to relay pain medication prescriptions to pharmacies
Oct 07, 2010
The Drug Enforcement Agency has eased off of restrictions that have prevented nurses in long-term care from communicating prescription orders for controlled pain medications to pharmacies.
Obama signs doc pay ‘fix,’ but bigger cuts could face physicians next year
Jun 28, 2010
President Obama on Friday signed a law canceling a 21.3% pay cut for Medicare physicians and replacing it with a 2.2% pay increase. The Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension...
Senate readies for vote on FMAP amendment
Jun 14, 2010
Senators this week are expected to vote on an amendment that would extend the increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) until the end of next June.
A congressional plan to implement a five-year fix for the Medicare physician pay system is being met with strong resistance from some physicians who say they want a permanent solution to the problem.
New guidelines released for hospice patients with defibrillators
May 17, 2010
New guidelines covering implanted defibrillators in terminal patients should help patients, doctors and hospice caregivers decide how to proceed with end-of-life treatments, experts say.
Offering graduate medical education funding to nursing homes could help ready physicians for aging population,...
May 07, 2010
Medical policy experts are debating ways to help prepare physicians to treat the rapidly growing population of elderly Americans. Extending Medicare graduate education funding to nursing homes could be...
Senate likely to vote today to delay Medicare physician pay cut
Apr 15, 2010
Senators are expected to vote today to approve a temporary extensions bill that delays a 21.2% reduction in Medicare physician pay until the end of the month. It comes the same day that the hold on the...
Doctors, nurses clash over plan to expand role of nurse practitioners
Apr 15, 2010
More than half of all U.S. states are mulling the possibility of expanding the professional role of nurse practitioners as a primary care physician shortage looms, according to recent news reports.
New guidelines help identify problem drivers with dementia
Apr 14, 2010
A group of neurologists has released a set of guidelines to help physicians and family members determine when people with dementia should give up their car keys and stop driving.