Monday, July 28, 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
"Insurance Coverage for Fertility Treatments Varies Widely"
As many people with fertility issues quickly learn—7.4 million women used infertility services from 2006 to 2010—few employers and insurers pay for many procedures, including in vitro fertilization...Read more.
"A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache"
The practice of paying a woman to have an embryo transferred to her womb and bear the child for someone else, known as gestational surrogacy, has been growing steadily over the last decade although it remains illegal in most countries...Read more.
"In Labor, in Chains"
Op-Ed: Over the last 15 years, 21 states have enacted laws against shackling pregnant inmates during and after labor, but many of the laws have proved ineffectual...Read more.
"The Wrong Approach to Breast Cancer"
Op-Ed: The most comprehensive study yet, published earlier this month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, showed virtually no survival benefit from contralateral prophylactic mastectomy—less than 1 percent over 20 years...Read more.
"The Problem With 'Pay for Performance' in Medicine"
Op-Ed: One of the reasons that paying for quality is hard is that we don’t even really know how to define “quality.” What is it, really? Far too often we approach quality like a drunkard’s search, looking where it’s easy rather than where it’s necessary. But it’s very hard to measure the things we really care about, like quality of life and improvements in functioning...Read more.
The Washington Post
"Want a Healthier Life? Stop Shaking Hands and Start Fist-Bumping"
Fist bumps transmitted the fewest germs, followed by a “prolonged” fist bump (awkward much?), followed by a high five and then a prolonged high five. Last was the handshake...Read more.
"Why Sovaldi Took Off: Previous Treatments Were Terrible"
Past treatments for hepatitis C, a disease affecting an estimated 3.2 million Americans, were at best effective about half of the time and could come with truly terrible side effects...Read more.
"Study: Fist Bumps Are Less Germy Than Handshakes"
A nice firm handshake has long been a mark of good manners and elevated social skills. It is also a very germy way to greet your fellow humans, much worse than a couple of more casual alternatives, a new study shows...Read more.
"New Health Plans' Limitations Anger Enrollees"
Nationally, regulators and insurance agents are inundated with complaints, while lawmakers are considering rules to ensure consumers' access to doctors. For plans being submitted for sale next year, the federal Department of Health and Human Services said it will more closely scrutinize whether networks are adequate...Read more.
The Wall Street Journal
"Are Morcellators Worth the Risk?"
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists points out that all medical procedures carry risks, including traditional open abdominal hysterectomies, which have a higher risk of infection, bleeding, nerve injury and other complications than minimally invasive techniques, such as morcellation, which typically have fewer complications, less pain, shorter hospitalizations and fewer weeks away from work in recovery...Read more.
"The Newest 'Disability'"
Editorial: On a straight 3-2 party-line vote July 14, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission voted new "enforcement guidance" rules, which define pregnancy as a workplace disability...Read more.
"Let Patients Decide How Much Risk They'll Take"
Op-Ed: Some patients are very willing to take a calculated risk, but misaligned incentives in the industry are driving potential stakeholders with new solutions out of the business...Read more.
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