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Senators Seek Information on FDA’s Mobile Health App Plans

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of six senators sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking for clarification on the agency’s regulations for mobile health applications, The Hill’s“Healthwatch” reports (Viebeck, “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 3/19). Background In September 2013, FDA issued final guidance for mobile health applications. The guidance said FDA will focus oversight on apps that: Were developed […]

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Michigan Proposes Legislation to Support Direct Primary Care

Senate Bills 459 and 460: Alternative to federal health care law Medicaid expansion (and more) Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R), to revise state insurance regulations to facilitate “direct primary care” arrangements, potentially as an alternative to mandated conventional insurance under the federal health care law. The bill would also authorize the use of private […]

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Obamacare Boosts Status of Alternative Medicine

Kaiser Health News, by Ankita Rao, July 26th, 2013 Jane Guiltinan said the husbands are usually the stubborn ones. When her regular patients, often married women, bring their spouses to the Bastyr Center for Natural Health to try her approach to care, the men are often skeptical of the treatment plan — a mix of […]

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Health Plan Rorschach Test: Direct Primary Care

By Dave Chase CEO of Avado, on Forbes.com July, 6, 2013 Despite its inclusion in Obamacare, Direct Primary Care (DPC, aka Concierge Medicine for the Masses), it’s surprising how few health insurance executives know about DPC. Once I explain it to them, I have found it’s an excellent Rorschach test reflecting whether that executive’s organization is playing to win or […]

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Congressional Representative Signals Willingness to Facilitate Telehealth Services

Carrie Roll and Ellen Janos, Mintz Levin Health Law, on JDSupra.com, March 27,2013 In opening remarks at the Health Information Technology hearing series last week, Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, indicated that she intends to introduce legislation that would create a workable federal definition for telehealth services. Representative […]

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Will ACA Be a Boon for Concierge Medicine?

By JENNIFER LUBELL amednews —April 15, 2013 Proponents of the model say rising patient demand will prompt more consumers to seek personalized care, but some conflicts with health reform rules might arise. Mark Niedfeldt, MD, a family physician who practices concierge medicine in a Milwaukee suburb, is fairly certain he’ll gain new patients when the […]

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Doctors Driven to Bankruptcy- Could Concierge Medicine Have Saved Them?

By Parija Kavilanz @CNNMoney April 8, 2013 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) As many doctors struggle to keep their practices financially sound, some are buckling under money woes and being pushed into bankruptcy. It’s a trend that’s accelerated in recent years, industry experts say, with potentially serious consequences for doctors and patients. Some physicians are still able […]

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AMA: Medical marijuana’s last taboo,the under 18 patient?

By CHRISTINE S. MOYER amednews staff — Posted March 25, 2013 Seattle physician Leslie R. Walker, MD, has patients as young as 10 who request medical marijuana. They often want the drug to ease alleged chronic pain, curb insomnia or enhance their ability to focus. Dr. Walker has never given in to patients’ demands for […]

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