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Aggressive medical care: Docs, patients struggle with end-of-life decisions

When it comes to end-of-life decisions, it's often unclear whether doctors or patients should have the final say. The philosophical, legal, ethical and economic impacts of these challenging decisions about the type of care patients receive when they are near the end of their lives puts doctors in the hot seat, reports  Medscape.

Study finds risk factors for infection from superbug-tainted scopes

A new study from UCLA Health identifies factors that increase the likelihood of a patient being infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria from tainted scopes.

Racism can flip the power dynamics between physician and patient

In the usual physician-patient encounter, it's the doctor who has the power. But that can all change when the physician is at the receiving end of a racist rant from a patient, writes J. Nwando Olayiwola, M.D., in a reflection piece in the  Annals of Family Medicine.

WHO: Pandemic preparations don't go far enough

Not enough is being done to prepare internationally for pandemics, the World Health Organization warned at its 69 th World Health Assembly.

Geisinger working toward real-time use of patient data

Geisinger Health System is pressing forward in using patient data in real time, according to John Kravitz, senior vice president and CIO of the organization.

HHS clarifies Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act requirements

Providers who have been trying to shield patient records from view by hiding behind the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act can no longer do so with the release of guidance clarifying the law's requirements. 

Where retail clinics fit into the healthcare value equation

Retail clinics have grown in popularity with patients, and that demand may hold benefits for the healthcare system overall, according to a blog post on  Health Affairs.

New coalition will press for legislation to battle opioid epidemic

A new coalition made up of national physician organizations and other groups, will press Congress to adopt comprehensive policies to combat the country's opioid epidemic.

Mass General to build virtual portal to educate Down syndrome patients

A new virtual portal will help Massachusetts General Hospital educate patients with Down syndrome who may not have easy access to information or to a primary care physician.

AHIP: Case studies show insurers breaking ground in behavioral health coverage

A new report from America's Health Insurance Plans touts the "pioneering innovative programs" that insurers have deployed to meet patients' behavioral health needs.