The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is scheduled to vote today on several health care-related bills, including the Opioid Crisis Response Act, a bipartisan bill that includes measures to restrict the number of painkillers physicians can prescribe, direct research toward finding nonaddictive painkillers and prevent illegal drug trafficking. Another bill up for consideration is the Over-the-Counter Drug Safety, Innovation, and Reform Act, which would revise how over-the-counter medications are regulated and allow the FDA to collect user fees on them.
Black Book Market Research surveyed 3,040 hospital EHR users and found that the proportion of medical record administrators who find it difficult to exchange patient health records with health care providers who use a different EHR platform dropped from 41% in 2016 to 36% this year. In addition, 30% of hospital-based physicians said health data sent between outside providers' different EHR systems cannot be trusted.
A study from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that short-term health insurance plans cover fewer benefits than plans sold on Affordable Care Act exchanges. An analysis of 24 short-term plans sold in 45 states and the District of Columbia revealed none of the plans covered maternity care, 71% didn't cover outpatient prescription medications, 62% didn't cover substance abuse treatment, and 43% didn't cover mental health care.
The White House announced Sunday that President Donald Trump will not deliver a speech Thursday on lowering drug prices as planned. The White House did not indicate the reason for the postponement or say when the speech will take place.
Veterinarians volunteering for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and Stokes Pharmacy's National Service Animal Eye Exam event have screened some 60,000 dogs, horses and other service and working animals since 2008. Veterinarian volunteers look for cataracts, corneal damage, retinal degeneration and other conditions that would affect the animal's eye health, says veterinary ophthalmologist Bianca Martins.
Fifty percent of current retirees did not attempt to determine the costs of health care prior to retirement, and more than 40% say health care expenses are higher than they imagined, finds a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald & Associates. The 2018 Retirement Confidence Survey also found that 80% of retirees are confident they can cover basic expenses, down 5 percentage points from 2017.
Data breach notification legislation signed into law by Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey this month now covers data breaches within the health care sector and considers an individual's medical or health information as personal information. The legislation requires affected entities to notify victims within 45 days and to include in the notice the date of the breach, contact information for the Federal Trade Commission and the three biggest consumer credit reporting agencies, and a short description of the disclosed information.
The April 1 launch of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, an initiative designed to help prevent type 2 diabetes development among older people and those with serious disabilities, did not go as smoothly as planned, with the program still being unavailable in many locations and facing implementation issues by Medicare Advantage plans, experts said. The program will be handled by community organizations, such as senior centers and YMCAs, and is available for free for those qualified individuals with prediabetes and Medicare Part B coverage.
Japanese researchers examined the eyes of 206 patients with and without diabetes and found significantly thinner total and outer choroid thicknesses among those with untreated diabetes and mild/moderate non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy and a significantly thicker choroidal outer layer thickness among those with severe NPDR, compared with controls. The findings in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology revealed no significant differences in all stages of DR and choroidal layer thicknesses between those with treated diabetes and the control group.
A study in JAMA Dermatology showed that young adult men who have acne were at an increased risk of having higher fasting plasma glucose and insulin resistance levels, an indication of prediabetes, compared with those who did not have acne. Researchers conducted a cross-sectional study of young adult males ages 20 to 32 and found that those with acne also had higher blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
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