Healthcare

Children’s health and our future as a nation

In a presidential year when candidates are articulating policy positions on a range of pressing issues affecting voters, our children and their role as the future of our nation is easily overlooked. Advances in medicine and public health have...

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The time is now to finalize the tobacco and nicotine regulations

Two years ago today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed blueprint for regulating e-cigarettes.

The release of the proposed rule was an important step forward in achieving comprehensive regulation of new tobacco...

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CMS: Don’t turn back the clock on rheumatic disease care

Good health policy is meant to enhance the health of our citizens. And, above all else, it should improve quality of life for those who need it most.  However, well-intentioned alterations in Medicare payments made without consultation with...

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Slow down medicare home respiratory therapy cuts

It’s not often that a health care provider can say they offer one of the essential elements required for life. But that’s exactly what home respiratory therapy providers offer the more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries who rely on our...

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Opioid abuse and chronic pain: Twin epidemics

We are all aware of the serious opioid misuse, abuse, diversion and overdose issue in our country and the devastating effect it is having on communities across the United States.   Consider this alarming statistic – overdoses (>50,...

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Ethical issues surround the donation and use of fetal parts

Last summer the nation’s conscience was shocked when the Center for Medical Progress revealed that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, routinely provided (for a fee) the body parts of aborted babies to companies that in...

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Addressing the gaps in LDT oversight

As an organization representing cancer patients across the nation, we strongly believe the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can and should play a role in the regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs).  The increased understanding of...

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Who regulates fear in the American diet?

Anyone who has watched what passes for political discourse lately will agree that we live in a polarized society and that this polarization extends far beyond our politics.

Some of us don’t trust business unless it is our own.  Some...

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