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A retrospective cross-sectional study has found that Medicaid expansion has increased the rates of autologous breast reconstruction in patients undergoing mastectomy.

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In this podcast episode, host Scott Kober is joined by experts Robert McDonald, MD, MBA, and Karla Loken, DO, OBGYN, FACOOG, to discuss ways that practicing ob-gyns can get involved in health coverage and reimbursement issues.

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The CDC updated its guidelines for diagnosing and treating STIs, which included updates on the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV) in pregnant and nonpregnant women.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), notably for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, Trichomonas vaginalis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

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Over the last year and a half, physicians around the world have been focused on managing patients, their teams, and themselves through the COVID pandemic. This has not been an easy time for physicians.

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An analysis of individual enrollment and premium data from California’s marketplace and the American Rescue Plan premium tax credit subsidy schedule has concluded that a smart default policy avoids defaulting lower-income marketplace enrollees to objectively inferior health care insurance plans and leads to large reductions in lower-income enrollees’ deductibles, copayments, and maximum out-of-pocket amounts.

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In addition to welcoming a newborn, parents may be unexpectedly billed for some hospitalization services, according to a research letter in JAMA Health Forum.

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Scott Kober hosts this podcast in which he interviews Lisa Satterfield, senior director of health economics and practice management at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). They discuss the tools and resources available to practicing ob-gyns that are focused specifically on payer and reimbursement issues.

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Hear about tools and resources available to practicing ob/gyn to address payer and reimbursement issues.

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“Over the past several years, a growing number of companies have been providing contraception through online platforms, but there has been very little research on these businesses,” said principal investigator Brittni Frederiksen, MPH, PhD, a senior policy analyst at KFF in San Francisco.

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