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FDA approves valbenazine to treat tardive dyskinesia in adults

The AP (4/11, Johnson) reports that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Neurocrine Biosciences’ Ingrezza (valbenazine) for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia in adults. The company “didn’t disclose the drug’s list price, but said it will when it begins offering the once-a-day capsule for sale in May.” Another drug intended to treat tardive dyskinesia made by Teva Pharmaceuticals “is expected to win FDA approval in late August.”

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Physicians spend roughly as many hours on computer work as they do meeting with patients, researchers find

HealthDay (4/11, Dotinga) reports, “Physicians spend roughly as many hours on computer work as they do meeting with patients,” investigators found after researching “the daily habits of nearly 500 US” physicians. According to HealthDay, “the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and other organizations have complained about the administrative burden physicians face.” The findings were published in Health Affairs.

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USPSTF releases draft guidelines on PSA testing

The Washington Post (4/11, McGinley) reports the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) “has dropped its controversial opposition to routine screening for prostate cancer, and now says that men between the ages of 55 and 69 should discuss the test’s potential benefits and harms with their” physicians “and make decisions based on their own ‘values and preferences.’” The group said in proposed new guidelines on Tuesday morning, “The decision about whether to be screened for prostate cancer should be an individual one.” … The New York…

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Freedom Caucus chairman says he is “close” to making an ACA repeal deal with Ryan

USA Today (4/11, Collins) reports Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, “intends to deliver an” ACA “repeal and replacement plan to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis...that would leave in place the existing law’s mandates for insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions.” Meadows stated, “What I’m getting to him is based on conversations that I’ve had with (Tuesday Group co-chairman) Tom MacArthur and leadership, but I wouldn’t say that it’s approved at this point.” The article adds that in…

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ACA marketplaces could “explode” due to uncertainty about subsidies

The Washington Post (4/11, Johnson) reports even if GOP lawmakers are unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, “they may still have a way to deliver on President Trump’s promise that the law will ‘explode’ – all via the power of uncertainty.” The article says the Trump Administration “could keep insurers guessing over whether it will continue federal payments that lower deductibles and copays for millions of Americans next year.” In the face of such uncertainty, insurers “may decide not to sell plans on the marketplaces set up by the…

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Nearly 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010

A front-page story in the Washington Post (4/11, A1, Goldstein) reports on the closure of Haywood Park Community Hospital, on which Brownsville, Tennessee had “relied for decades.” Its closure, nearly three years ago, the Post adds, “added Brownsville to an epidemic of dying hospitals across rural America.” According to the article, “Nearly 80 have closed since 2010, including nine in Tennessee, more than in any state but Texas.”

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Data Shows More Physicians Using Mobile Devices, iPhone and iPad remain most used platforms

PARSIPPANY, NJ – (March 20, 2013) –New data from BulletinHealthcare shows that more than five in 10 healthcare professionals access medical news and information on smartphones and tablets. BulletinHealthcare, which is the leading provider of daily eNewsBriefings to more than 550,000 healthcare professionals, including 400,000 physicians, belonging to 25 leading medical associations, examined mobile device usage among its audience from January 2012 to January 2013. The analysis found that doctors’ mobile consumption of medical news grew by more than 25%. Today, more than 52%…

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Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Honors BHC Marketing Manager Stephanie Kassab as a Rising Star

PARSIPPANY, NJ – (May 14, 2013) –BulletinHealthcare Marketing Manager Stephanie Kassab was honored as an industry Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association at its 24th annual Woman of the Year event in New York City on Thursday, May 9. HBA Rising Stars work across several sectors of the healthcare industry, including pharmaceutical, marketing, advertising, medical education, scientific discovery and several others. The award recognizes the outstanding performance and commitment to excellence of the Rising Stars, who contribute every day to their…

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Bulletin News Changes Its Name To Bulletin Intelligence

RESTON, VA – (June 18, 2013) – Bulletin News, which locates and analyzes open-source intelligence for the nation’s most demanding executives, including the White House and Fortune 500 C-Suites, today announced that it is changing its name to Bulletin Intelligence. The name change reflects the fact the company’s clients are increasingly asking for information contained not just in news stories – which remains a core competency for the company – but also in various other forms of open-source intelligence such as financial-analyst reports, think-tank studies…

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Bulletin Intelligence Announces Michael Laxineta as President of Custom Briefings Subsidiary

RESTON, VA – (July 22, 2013) – Bulletin Intelligence LLC, which locates and analyzes news and other forms of open-source intelligence for top-level corporate and government decision makers, including the White House and Fortune 500 C-Suites, today announced the appointment of media and content-marketing executive Michael Laxineta as President of its Custom Briefings subsidiary. Custom Briefings partners with associations to deliver to their members the latest news directly relevant to their professions. These daily briefings, which carry advertising, are consistently rated as a…

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