Nancy Bradish Myers of Catalyst Healthcare Consulting told the Rising Leaders Conference on Healthcare Policy that acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Norman Sharpless will continue to implement the policies of predecessor Dr. Scott Gottlieb. But because Sharpless is in what is viewed as a caretaker role, Myers said, getting new initiatives going may be difficult until a permanent commissioner is confirmed, which may not come until after the 2020 elections.
One of the largest venture capital firms in the world is adding an enviable member to its health care investment team: the man who just stepped down as commissioner of the FDA. New Enterprise Associates has rehired former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb as a special partner.
Officials at Equitas Health, which provides health care services to LGBTQ communities in 11 cities in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, have issued notification letters to 569 patients whose protected health information may have been compromised in January in an email phishing attack against the business. The HHS Office for Civil Rights and other authorities have been notified, and Equitas has offered a free year of identity monitoring to affected patients.
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Every additional hour of moderate-to-vigorous activity was associated with 18 minutes earlier sleep onset, 10 minutes longer sleep duration and nearly 1% higher sleep maintenance efficiency at night among teens, researchers reported in Scientific Reports. The findings, based on data involving 417 15-year-olds, also showed that increased sedentary time during the day was associated with later sleeping and waking times but shorter overall nightly sleep duration.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma signaled openness to value-based or outcome-based reimbursement models for expensive new drugs and curative therapies, but expressed concern that the models would encourage drugmakers to set prices even higher. Verma also said she is opposed to negotiating Medicare drug prices directly with manufacturers and said pharmacy benefit managers have been effective.
Prohibiting balance billing when patients unknowingly receive treatment from an out-of-network health care provider and requiring hospitals to notify patients of providers' network status are some ways to protect patients from unexpected medical bills, AHIP's Jeanette Thornton told a House committee Wednesday. Thornton said AHIP favors a market-based approach instead of arbitration for deciding proper payments, as the latter would raise costs and delay the resolution of claims process, while failing to address the "exorbitant bills" AHIP says are the root cause of the problem.
Hawaii, Utah and Connecticut are the healthiest states for seniors, while Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana are the unhealthiest for them, according to the 2019 America's Health Rankings Senior Report. Rates of depression and excessive drinking among seniors are up by 19% and 12%, respectively, while avoidance of care is up 5%, according to the report.
US adults ages 45 to 64 were more likely to die from cancer than heart disease between 1999 and 2017, but cancer mortality among that group fell 19% during the study period, according to a study in the CDC's National Vital Statistics Reports. Meanwhile, the prevalence of heart disease-related deaths decreased by 22% from 1999 to 2011, then increased 4% from 2011 to 2017, with the greatest increase found among white women.
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