July 21, 2022

Abortion Legislation Letter to Ad Hoc Committee

Prior to the first hearing on July 7, 2022, the South Carolina Medical Association submitted a letter to the ad hoc committee to memorialize its position that physicians actions should not be criminalized and physicians and patients should have the freedom to discuss medical care without fear of criminalization.

June 16, 2022

SCMA encouraging physicians to join in the effort to promote colorectal cancer screening to save lives

Useful patient education and physician practice resources are available online through the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) 'Colorectal Cancer Screening Appropriate Use' web page.

May 3, 2022

McMaster writes letter of support for CON repeal

"I believe that CON has become antiquated and ineffective in today’s modern free marketplace, much in the same way that rotary phones are no longer practical for telecommunication purposes. CON stifles entrepreneurship, capital investment, and competition, while limiting access and creating monopolies in South Carolina’s healthcare market," says Governor Henry McMaster.

February 14, 2022

FDA Postpones Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss Request for Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 6 Months Through 4 Years of Age

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been notified by Pfizer that new data have recently emerged regarding its emergency use authorization request for the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in children 6 months through 4 years of age.

February 10, 2022

More Primary Care Docs Equals Higher COVID Vaccination Rates

Counties with a high number of primary care physicians (PCPs) had higher COVID-19 vaccination rates, a cross-sectional study found.

January 13, 2022

SC could make it easier for hospitals to build in a new location, opening access to patients

Lawmakers are pushing a bill that aims to increase patient access to health care by eliminating a process to require medical providers to get state approval to build new hospitals or other medical facilities and obtain large medical equipment.

December 28, 2021

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.

December 9, 2021

AMA, AHA Sue Feds Over No Surprises Act Final Rule

The hospital and physician groups filed lawsuit against the federal government over a No Surprises Act final rule that will implement the independent dispute resolution process.

November 19, 2021

CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots to All Adults

Today, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) expanded recommendations for booster shots to include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months after their second dose.