Volume IV, Issue 13

March 27, 2017
House Cancels AHCA Vote 
Ben Mathis-Lilley reporting for Slate on 3/24/17:

A day after Donald Trump demanded that Republican House leaders hold a Friday vote on the flailing American Health Care Act (AHCA) Obamacare replacement bill-and hours after he reportedly repeated his demand in a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan-the AHCA has been pulled from consideration and will not be voted on.

According to a CNN opinion piece, by  Dean Obeidallah, published this morning:

Donald Trump may just have achieved another first -- but this isn't one he will like. He may be on the verge of becoming the first president to be considered a "lame duck" within the first two months of his presidency.

Even Fox News admitted the result was a major setback for Republicans, labeling Trump's compromise healthcare bill Mission Impossible.   
New Issues with Olympus Scopes 
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Melody Petersen reporting for the LA Times on 3/22/17:

Doctors have tied a superbug outbreak at a foreign health facility to a medical scope that Olympus modified last year in an attempt to reduce its risk of spreading bacteria between patients.

Five patients treated with the modified device tested positive for the same potentially deadly bacteria, according to a report filed with the Food and Drug Administration.

One of those patients died, but the report blamed the death on the person's pre-existing condition rather than the infection.

According to the author:

American hospitals are currently using about 4,400 of the devices that Olympus voluntarily recalled last year to replace a small mechanism linked to deadly outbreaks around the world...

Lawrence Muscarell, a medical safety expert in Montgomeryville, PA, said the outbreak raises questions about whether Olympus' recall and replacement of the mechanism was enough to keep patients safe.
ACP: Medical profession must examine and address ethical use of EHRs and health IT
On 3.21.17 the American College of Physicians (ACP) announced that a new position paper had been published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. In the paper produced by ACP's Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee, "Ethical Implications of the Electronic Health Record: In the Service of the Patient," ACP addresses how EHRs can best serve the patient-physician relationship and patient care; patient autonomy, privacy, and confidentiality; and professionalism, clinical reasoning, and training.

"Electronic health records can aid in the delivery of high quality care to patients," said Nitin S. Damle, MD, MS, MACP, president, ACP. "However, health information technology also poses unintended ethical concerns that the medical profession must examine and address."



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