Starting April 5, patients must be able to access all the health information in their electronic medical records without delay, as required by the ONC Cures Act Final Rule. Most organizations will be able to leverage their existing technology to make records available to patients. Revenue cycle departments will need to review scripting to ensure it aligns with the new rules.
An estimated 5% of women in jails are pregnant, and human rights groups and researchers have collected evidence that these women often receive poor care and are neglected. One solution is to provide contraceptive care to incarcerated women who would like to avoid pregnancy.
A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could make it more difficult for women to access medication abortions. In an unsigned brief order on Jan. 12, the Supreme Court said a district court should not have compelled the Food and Drug Administration to lift a requirement that mifepristone, the abortion pill, has to be picked up in person.
Family planning providers anticipate positive changes to the Title X program as President Biden announced his administration would roll back the Trump rules that forced hundreds of family planning clinics out of the program.
Patients will no longer have to go through the discovery process during litigation to find out everything ED providers charted. Still, with patients reviewing all the clinical documentation, plenty of misunderstandings can happen.
The authors of a recent study found that Black women in the United States have a lower risk of giving birth to low birth weight babies if they live in states with less restrictive reproductive rights, when compared with women who live in states with more restrictive policies.
Although access to training in medical and surgical abortion has improved over the decades, barriers still prevent some new physicians from obtaining the training, according to the authors of a recent study.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed hardships on women seeking contraceptives and abortion care worldwide. It has been particularly deleterious to vulnerable populations. A shadow pandemic has developed of reproductive health disparities and more barriers to contraception.