Medical Association, Society & Other Non-Profit News

Jeff Shuren, M.D., J.D., Statement on FDA Efforts to Increase Transparency in Medical Device...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health is taking a number of important steps to update its Medical Device Reporting (MDR) Program, one of the tools the FDA uses to monitor device performance, detect potential device-related safety concerns or signals and contribute to the benefit-risk assessment of these products.

AAOS Opposition Statement to Senate HELP Surprise Billing Proposal

President Kristy L. Weber, MD, “While the AAOS supports removing patients from the middle of out-of-network billing disputes, we strongly believe that imposing an insurer-controlled rate is not the solution. The Lower Health Care Costs Act represents an unprecedented transfer of market power by the government to insurers and directly threatens the independent practice of medicine."

ACC Names First Director of Diversity and Inclusion

The American College of Cardiology welcomes Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, as its first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. By working with the ACC Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and other societies and organizations, Parekh will lead and expand the College’s diversity and inclusion initiatives to create a more diverse and inclusive environment within the field of cardiovascular disease and strive for a fully inclusive organization and profession.

ACR Applauds Bipartisan Proposal to Address Surprise Medical Bills

The preliminary outline for the Protecting People From Surprise Medical Bills Act strikes a necessary balance by providing strong patient protections, while simultaneously improving transparency, promoting access to appropriate medical care and avoiding the creation of disincentives for insurers and health care providers to negotiate network participation contracts in good faith. 

AAOS Encouraged by Protecting People from Surprise Billing Act

“Unanticipated medical bills can have a profound effect on patient health care costs and the physician-patient relationship. Especially during a time when rapid market consolidation is driving up costs, decreasing patient choice, and inhibiting industry competition. The problem is further exacerbated as health insurance plans increasingly offer narrow, often inadequate networks of providers.

American College of Cardiology Thanks Senators McConnell, Kaine for Efforts to Reduce Youth Tobacco...

On behalf of our patients, ACC members thank the Senators for their efforts to reduce youth tobacco use and stand ready to partner with them—and other members of Congress—to enact strong legislation establishing a federal age of 21 for the sale of all tobacco products.”

Proceedings from inaugural Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention Released

Leaders from the 43 national medical organizations and the American Bar Association attended the historic meeting on February 10-11 in Chicago, which was hosted by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT).

The 2019 Kelly West Award to Be Presented to Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis, PhD

This award recognizes significant contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology. Dr. Mayer-Davis will be recognized with this honor at the ADA’s 79th Scientific Sessions, June 7-11, 2019, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. She will deliver her Kelly West Award Lecture titled, “Improving Outcomes—Translating Epidemiology to Clinical Trials,” on Sunday, June 9.

5/7/19: Sadaf Farooqi, MB, ChB (Hons), PhD, Named American­­­ Diabetes Association’s® 2019 Outstanding Scientific...

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) will present the 2019 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award (OSAA) to Sadaf Farooqi, MB, ChB (Hons), PhD. Dr. Farooqi will be recognized with this honor, which is given annually for research in diabetes that demonstrates particular independence of thought and originality, during the ADA’s 79th Scientific Sessions, June 7-11, 2019, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. She will deliver her OSAA Lecture, titled “Obesity and the Biology of Weight Regulation,” during the National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Awards Presentation on Monday, June 10.

4/30/19: May is Our Nation’s First Ever National Stop the Bleed Month

May is the first ever National Stop the Bleed Month, featuring training courses around the country to teach bleeding control techniques to the general public and empower them with the skills and knowledge to assist severely bleeding persons. During this month, an additional focus will be directed to May 23, which is the nation’s second annual National Stop the Bleed Day.