Friday, December 2, 2016

Members of House Committee Say They Want USPSTF to Invite More Input to Ensure Guidance is Independent, Unbiased

Modern Healthcare (11/30, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that yesterday, “members of a House committee...said they want the US Preventive Services Task Force to invite more input to ensure its guidance, which can influence how much an insurer pays for preventive services, is independent and unbiased.” In “hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, GOP lawmakers took turns expressing concern that patient access was being affected by the panel’s efforts to control costs.” According to Modern Healthcare, “Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)...co-sponsored a bill that would require USPSTF to ‘include balanced representation of practicing primary and specialty care providers.’” Modern Healthcare points out that the USPSTF breast cancer screening guidelines differ from recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Radiology.


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