Researchers found that global life expectancy will rise an average of 4.4 years and health will improve by 2040, but deaths from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, lung cancer and chronic kidney disease will increase, as will deteriorating health from obesity. The findings in The Lancet, based on 250 causes of death in 195 countries between 1990 and 2016, showed that life expectancy in the US will increase by only 1.1 years to about 80 years in 2040, compared with a 5.6-year increase in China and a 2.5-year increase in the UK.
Youths who lived in high-risk obesogenic home environments had significantly higher body mass index score heritability, compared with those in low-risk home environments, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings also showed significantly increased risk scores in the food, media and physical activity environment domains among those in high-risk homes.
Kaiser Permanente this year has forged ahead with a population health strategy that encompasses social determinants of health through programs to prevent homelessness and reduce health care disparities and research to study gun violence. "Our line of sight is around population health, individual health and community health," said Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson.
Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina says Walgreens wants to be seen as a health care company, not just a pharmacy retailer, much like competitor CVS Health is attempting via its acquisition of Aetna. To achieve that goal, Walgreens is partnering with health care providers, such as Humana and LabCorp, to test new health services in its stores.
Devoted Health is launching Medicare Advantage plans in Florida with the help of $300 million in funding from investors who believe the technology-enabled startup can compete with more traditional health plans. CEO Ed Park said having "industry-leading technology" is key, and the company is calling itself a "payvidor" that will cover home health care, physician services and hospital care.
The partnership will also enable Foundation Medicine to move into ex-US markets like Japan, where it is working with drugmaker Chugai. "It is imperative that we collaborate with all of the key stakeholders in oncology to accelerate patient access to personalized medicine," said Melanie Nallicheri, Foundation Medicine's chief business officer.
A survey of people who use the health care system the most showed that among those with health insurance, 21% had problems paying for basic needs, 29% had been contacted by a collection company and 13% had borrowed money due to an illness. The survey found 36% of people with insurance and 57% of those who were uninsured had used most or all of their savings due to medical care.
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Director Adam Boehler told private insurers that their Medicare Advantage business won't be adversely affected by a direct provider contracting model being considered by the CMS to cut traditional Medicare costs. Speaking at AHIP's Medicare conference in Washington, Boehler urged insurers to increase their use of value-based insurance design, which uses low copayments to incentivize high-value clinical care, and said he would consider promoting the model for prescription drug plans.
Researchers found that 46.1% of children with acute bronchiolitis in emergency departments underwent radiography between 2007 and 2015, without significant year-to-year changes, even though 2006 and 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and 2013 Choosing Wisely recommendations advise against imaging for pediatric bronchiolitis diagnosis. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association "suggest that nationwide quality initiatives are still needed to translate bronchiolitis guidelines into practice," researchers concluded.
CDC officials reported that 62 of 127 possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis in 22 states have been confirmed so far this year, which is a significant increase from last year, with more than 90% of confirmed cases involving youths ages 18 and younger. The CDC will release weekly updates on AFM cases, so "people can better anticipate increases in confirmed cases in the following months," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the CDC.