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45 Administration Provides New HCP Protections|Permits HCPs to Discriminate

01/20/2018

by Lori Bruce, MA

News broke this week that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is creating a new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” (CRFD) in the Office for Civil Rights. This new division will support healthcare workers who refuse to treat patients based on moral or religious convictions: “OCR enforces laws and regulations that protect the free exercise of religion and prohibit discrimination in HHS-funded or conducted programs and activities.” U.S. law defines the exercise of religion as “any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief.”

Patients belonging to LGBTQ populations as well as patients seeking reproductive health services (abortions, birth control, and vasectomies) or assisted suicide (where legal) now face uncertain care: “OCR enforces laws and regulations that protect conscience and prohibit coercion on such issues as abortion and assisted suicide (among others) in HHS-funded or conducted programs and activities.”   From a cursory review of their new website, the limits of CRFD are unclear. …

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01/22/2018
23andMe’s ancestry results ‘most confounding,’ new report says Mercury News

Silicon Valley ancestry-testing firm 23andMe claims to have DNA from more than 2 million consumers, and its spit tests for insights into family history and health were top sellers on Amazon this past holiday season, but its ancestry test and those from three other companies produced drastically different results, a new report said.

01/19/2018
Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own The New York Times

A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices.

01/19/2018
Michigan hit hard by deadly hepatitis A outbreak CNN

A hepatitis A outbreak has hit several states across the country, killing dozens of people and potentially sickening thousands. Michigan has been hardest-hit in terms of deaths, with 22.

01/18/2018
First treatment approved for breast cancer with BRCA genetic mutation Washington Post

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared the first treatment for patients with advanced breast cancer caused by BRCA mutations, which are genetic defects that raise the risk of malignancies.