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Placebos in clinical practice

A recent study reveals that physicians prescribe placebo treatments in clinical practice on a regular basis – a practice that on its face appears to violate professional ethics and raises questions about how and why placebos are being used, the propriety of their use, and the very way in which “placebo effect” ought to be conceptualized.

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Historic mental health parity law passes

PL: The new mental health parity bill affects insurance coverage for the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse for health plans that are regulated by federal law. It says that, for those plans covering more than 50 employees, mental illness must be treated under the same terms and conditions as any other illness.

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MCARE abatement stuck in stalemate

The connection of medical liability premium subsidies to health insurance expansion has led to a political impasse, which could cost Pa. health care providers billions of dollars over the next ten years and severely impair efforts to recruit physicians to the state for years to come.

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