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American College of Cardiology Issues Principles for Overcoming Compensation, Opportunity Inequity

The document is the first in a new series of ACC workforce health policy documents and will serve as guidance for clinicians and administrators to advance the profession toward the goals of fairness, including minimizing and reducing disparities, and improved patient care.

Updates to the 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

Revisions include updated treatment information for adults and youth with type 2 diabetes and new guidelines for people with diabetes who use continuous glucose monitoring.

New Study Validates Rigorous Safety Measures Needed To Reduce Mercury Exposure During Dental Amalgam Filling Removal

"For decades, our non-profit organization has been concerned about this issue and collected research about amalgam fillings, all of which contain approximately 50% mercury, a known neurotoxin," explains IAOMT President Michael Rehme, DDS, NMD.  "Based on this science, we have strongly recommended that safety measures be enacted for dental procedures involving these silver-colored fillings, and we have also intensely advocated for the end of dental amalgam usage."

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

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.