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The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the US

BY LENA H. SUN AND BRADY DENNISWashington Post For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying a bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could mean "the end of the road" for antibiotics. The antibiotic-resistant strain was found last month in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Department of Defense researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday inAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. ...

Quality Payment Program

Delivery System Reform, Medicare Payment Reform, & MACRA On April 27th CMS issued its first proposed regulation on MACRA, detailing elements of the Quality Payment Program (MIPS/APMs) that will change reimbursement under Medicare Part B.  If you haven’t seen the announcement, details can be found at the CMS website at http://go.cms.gov/QualityPaymentProgram.  On that site is a list of details, including a fact sheet on the elements of the new program. CMS is also working to develop information focused on particular modes of practice, to help clinicians understand what to expect, and to take advantage of support and technical assistance to prepare ...

New California Tobacco Regulations Signed Into Law By Governor Brown

On Wednesday May 4th Governor Jerry Brown signed a series of tobacco controls bills into California law. The bills will result in numerous changes to California’s tobacco regulations, including: ·         Increasing the age of purchase for tobacco from 18 to 21, unless presented with a military ID; ·         Requiring all schools to be tobacco free; ·         Establishing a tobacco licensing fee program under the Board of Equalization; and, ·         Classifying electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. California is the second state, after Hawaii, to raise the minimum legal age for the purchase of cigarettes and tobacco products to 21. An Institute of Medicine report ...

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