- Frontline Physicians Praise Senate Vote on Repeal, Stand Ready to Work on Bipartisan Solutions to Health Care
“For months, our organizations have partnered together to express steadfast opposition to harmful health care reform legislation in Congress. Today, we are grateful that our patients do not face an uncertain future and a health care system that would fail to meet their needs."
- ACOG Applauds Defeat of Dangerous Health Care Legislation
“America averted a crisis of epic proportions last night when the U.S. Senate rejected the so called ‘skinny repeal’ bill – a vote that will hopefully press the reset button on what has been a rushed, disorganized, and uninformed attempt at crafting legislation impacting millions of Americans."
- Medication-assisted Treatment Remains the Recommended Therapy for Pregnant Women
“Concern about medication-assisted treatment must be weighed against the negative effects of ongoing misuse of opioids, which can be much more detrimental to mom and baby,” said lead Committee Opinion author, Maria Mascola, M.D. “Medication-assisted treatment improves adherence to prenatal care and addiction treatment programs and has been shown to reduce the risk of pregnancy complications. And while neonatal abstinence syndrome is often seen in infants who have been exposed prenatally to opioids, it is important to remember that it is an expected and treatable condition that has not been found to have any significant effect on cognitive development.”
- Ob-Gyns Should Include Contraceptive Counseling in Every Visit with Adolescents
By the 12th grade, more than half of young women report having had sex. In an effort to provide anticipatory guidance, discussions about contraception, sexually transmitted disease prevention, and other sexual health issues should begin before a girl has become sexually active, ideally during the first reproductive health visit between ages 13-15. However, regardless of a patient’s age or previous sexual activity, contraceptive counseling should be a routine part of every visit.
- ACOG: Senate Vote to Proceed Endangers Patients
“The U.S. Senate is playing a very dangerous game with the health care of millions of Americans. Today’s vote to proceed sets our nation on a path that endangers our patients, and cripples the health care delivery system. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) opposes both the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) and repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would leave millions without health care coverage."
- Best Practices to Improve Maternal Immunization Webcast
Register today for a free, 1 CME credit webinar sponsored by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Following the live presentation, the webinar will be archived on ACOG’s Immunization website, Immunizationforwomen.org for convenient viewing, but will not provide CME credit. Continuing Medical Education credit is provided through joint providership with The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
- Affordable Care Act Repeal Without Replacement Harms Patients
“Consistent with our steadfast opposition to any legislation that would leave our patients worse off, we oppose any effort by the U.S. Senate to repeal the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, premium and cost-sharing subsidies, and other coverage and consumer protections. We support a bipartisan and transparent process to develop consensus on improvements to current law that would close gaps in coverage."
- ACOG: ACA Repeal Would Devastate the Health of America’s Women and Families
Representing more than half a million of America’s frontline physicians, six major medical organizations—the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association—oppose any Senate effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following the recent announcement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Senate will soon vote on such a measure, leaders from the six groups issued the following joint statement:
- Unintended Pregnancy Prevention is Essential to Women’s Health
“The Administration’s highly unusual decision to abruptly negate a five-year agreement with current Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grantees is a step backward for ensuring healthy moms and healthy babies. This program, and others, provide vital research and programming that successfully brought our Nation to an all-time low rate of teen pregnancies – progress we cannot afford to jeopardize."
- New Mexico Physicians Applaud Court Decision in Support of Breastfeeding for Incarcerated Women
Physicians across New Mexico applaud a recent court decision supporting breastfeeding for incarcerated women. Doctors agree that exclusive breastfeeding is the best nutrition for infants because it confers both immediate and long-term benefits, including decreased risk of childhood infections and decreased rates of asthma and type 2 diabetes.
- ACOG: The BCRA Cannot Be Fixed
“This most recent version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act is not “better” for patients. The BCRA is deeply flawed, cannot be fixed and keeps getting worse. Its original version deliberately stripped landmark women’s health gains made by the Affordable Care Act, turning back the clock on women’s health. This new version threatens to leave patients with preexisting conditions without care. Senators drafting these proposals still aren’t listening to America’s doctors. Yesterday, ACOG joined leaders representing 560,000 frontline physicians on Capitol Hill with one unified message to Senators: the BCRA is dangerous for patients and must be rejected.
- National Partnership for Maternal Safety Releases Consensus Statement on Severe Hypertension During Pregnancy Bundle
New guidance from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists was released today recommending ob-gyns screen all patients for sex work in a nonjudgmental manner during sexual history-taking. The goal of increasing recognition of this population is to increase their access to preventive care.
- New Patient-Focused Congenital Syphilis Information from MoD and CDC
U.S. Congenital syphilis (CS) rates increased 46 percent between 2012 and 2015. March of Dimes (MOD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have new CS-related educational materials in English and Spanish for providers to share with patients and clients.
- National Candidates for 2018-2019
The national offices to be filled for the term April 2018 to May 2019 are President Elect, Treasurer (2-year term), Assistant Secretary (2-year term) and Fellow-at-Large (2-year term). Declared candidates for national office for the term April 2018 to May 2019 are listed by office. Click on the Summary Statement for each candidate to view a one-page summary of the candidate’s CV.
- ACOG Urges Senate to Reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act
“ACOG is deeply disappointed by the Senate’s proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act. This legislation deliberately strips the landmark women’s health gains made by the Affordable Care Act and would severely limit access to care. If enacted, this legislation will turn back the clock on women’s health."