Today's Headlines

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Today's Headlines is prepared daily to help keep you informed about news affecting women's health care and ob-gyn. This brief is derived from the four major national newspapers: The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Please note that the WSJ requires a paid subscription to access articles. 

The New York Times
"Detailing Financial Links of Doctors and Drug Makers"
Pharmaceutical and device makers paid doctors roughly $380 million in speaking and consulting fees, with some doctors reaping over half a million dollars each, during a five-month period last year, according to an analysis of federal data released Tuesday...Read more.

"Doctors Find Barriers to Sharing Digital Medical Records"
Doctors and hospital executives across the country say they are distressed that the expensive electronic health record systems they installed in the hopes of reducing costs and improving the coordination of patient care—a major goal of the Affordable Care Act—simply do not share information with competing systems...Read more.

"US Cannot Subsidize Health Plans in States With No Marketplace, a Judge Rules "
A federal district judge in Oklahoma dealt a blow to the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, ruling that the federal government could not subsidize health insurance in three dozen states that refused to establish their own marketplaces. This appears to increase the likelihood that the Supreme Court will ultimately resolve the issue...Read more.

"Given Choice, Parents Pick Cheaper Medical Procedure for Children"
A recent study in the Annals of Surgery found that parents who were asked to decide which form of surgery their children should undergo and told about the price difference tended to select the cheaper option...Read more.

"Ebola Is Diagnosed in Texas, First Case Found in the US"

A man who took a commercial flight from Liberia that landed in Dallas on Sept. 20 has been found to have the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. He is the first traveler to have brought the virus to the United States on a passenger plane and the first in whom Ebola has been diagnosed outside of Africa in the current outbreak...Read more.


The Washington Post
"You Can Now Track the Billions That Drug Companies Pay Doctors and Hospitals"
Thanks to a bipartisan transparency initiative contained in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the federal government has compiled a massive database of how much drug and device companies spend on consulting fees, research grants, travel, free lunches and other items worth more than $10...Read more.

"First US Case of Ebola Diagnosed in Texas After Man Who Came From Liberia Falls Ill"
A man who flew from Liberia to Dallas this month was diagnosed with Ebola on Tuesday, becoming the first person to board a passenger jet and unknowingly bring the disease here from West Africa, where it has killed thousands of people in recent months...Read more.


USA Today
"Dallas Hospital Diagnoses First Patient With Ebola"
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday the first case of Ebola in a critically ill patient diagnosed in a US hospital...Read more.

"Anti-Abortionists Caught by 'Murder' Trap"
Op-Ed: As the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists writes, restrictions done in the name of women's health actually "erode women's health" by driving them to seek illegal abortions or to proceed with unwanted childbirth, something far more dangerous than abortion...Read more.


The Wall Street Journal
"Doctor Group Backs Implantable Devices to Prevent Teen Pregnancies"
Doctors prescribing contraception to teenage girls who are sexually active should recommend long-acting, implantable devices as a first choice due to their high efficacy rates, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in an updated policy statement...Read more.

"Endo to Settle Legal Claims Concerning Vaginal Mesh Products"
Endo International PLC said it reached agreements to settle substantially all of the claims concerning vaginal mesh products sold by its American Medical Systems Holding Inc. unit. The drug and medical-device company said the agreements aren't an admission of liability or fault...Read more.

"Doctors Net Billions From Drug Firms"
Drug and medical-device companies paid at least $3.5 billion to US physicians and teaching hospitals during the final five months of last year, according to the most comprehensive accounting so far of the financial ties that some critics say have compromised medical care...Read more.

"First Case of Ebola in US Is Confirmed"
Health officials diagnosed the first case of Ebola in the US on Tuesday, bringing a disease that has killed more than 3,000 people this year in West Africa to the middle of America...Read more.

*Disclaimer: ACOG does not endorse these articles, nor the views expressed in them.       


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