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Burwell Sworn as HHS Secretary
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 08:08 AM

This week began with the swearing-in of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Burwell, who formerly headed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), was sworn in on Monday after being confirmed by the Senate last week. She replaced Kathleen Sebelius, who tendered her resignation in April.  

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ACA Presses HHS to Aggressively Enforce Provider Non-Discrimination Law
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 08:02 AM

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in comments submitted today to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), strongly defends provider non-discrimination language included in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as essential to quality patient care and genuine reform. ACA maintains that Congress' intent is clear in this matter and that states and insurers should be pressed to adhere to the law as written, which will improve patient access to quality care and reduce costs.

The comments submitted by ACA are part of the profession's on-going campaign to ensure the proper enforcement and aggressive implementation of that part of the health reform law aimed at curbing discriminatory abuses against the chiropractic profession and other non-MD health care professionals-and they complement a series targeted lobbying and grassroots activities that seeks a robust non-discrimination requirement enforceable in all 50 states.

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AMA's Opinion: Certification, E-Cigs, and Guns
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 06:50 AM

The AMA's House of Delegates drew the line on this year's hot button topic -- maintenance of certification (MOC), saying it should not be mandatory, nor should it be a condition of licensure.  Certain aspects of the MOC/MOL process are not physician-friendly. The desire is  to make MOC/MOL less of an obstacle and more of a way to ensure high quality standards.

The House voted on a combination of three resolutions and one board of trustees report. The report, opposing mandatory MOC in favor of self-regulation, was approved by the house.

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Not Your Parent's School Nurse
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 06:56 AM

Although the school nurse is a familiar figure, school-based healthcare is unfamiliar territory to many medical professionals, operating in a largely separate healthcare universe from other community-based medical services.  Now, as both schools and healthcare systems seek to ensure that children coping with chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma get the comprehensive, coordinated care the students need, the schools and health systems are forming partnerships to better integrate their services. In these projects, some funded by the health law, school health professionals gain access to students' electronic health records and/or specialists and other health system resources.

School nurses today do a lot more than bandage skinned knees. They administer vaccines and medications, help diabetic students monitor their blood sugar, and prepare teachers to handle a student's seizure or asthma attack, among many other things.

 

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2014 Convention Photos
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:00 AM

 NEW CONVENTION PHOTOS:

  Golf Tournament Sandwich Lunch

 

 

 

     
   
Preliminary

 

 

Preliminary Photographs from Convention

Thursday night began with a Jazz Duo and a good sized crowd!

 

 

 

 

 

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