Focus of the Week

March 22, 2019
Researchers found that a prescription for healthy food can improve health outcomes for beneficiaries in Medicare and Medicaid.
March 21, 2019
A report from the Urban Institute examined changes in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace rating regions from 2017 to 2019.
March 20, 2019
In one of his final interviews in his last few weeks as commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD, discussed where the FDA stands on its continued push against the tobacco industry as well as what we can expect next from Gottlieb. 
March 19, 2019
Rates of mood disorders and suicide-related outcomes have increased significantly among adolescents and young adults, and the rise of social media may be to blame.
March 18, 2019
Among the survey’s crucial finding are that value-based contracts are not yet seeing marked success. According to the survey results, 39.8% of respondents said that the majority of value-based relationships within the healthcare market will not contain both upside and downside shared risk for another 3 to 5 years.
March 15, 2019
A compressed vaccine schedule for older adults could help increase uptake and decrease the impact of the influenza vaccine’s waning effectiveness as months go by, but such a schedule would not be beneficial if flu season peaks early or if a compressed schedule results in a decrease in vaccine uptake.
March 14, 2019
Eight states are participating in a project from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) that aims to break down the silos and the barriers that exist among different agencies and better connect Medicaid to early childhood programs.
March 13, 2019
In an effort to increase patient accrual, broaden patients’ access to cancer clinical trials, and lead to trial results that better represent treatment effects in the real world, the FDA published 4 draft guidances and 1 final guidance to promote the inclusion of pediatric patients and patients with comorbidities that can occur alongside cancer.
March 12, 2019
A report from the Health Care Cost Institute examined 4 years' worth of data covering 1.8 billion claims in 112 markets.
March 11, 2019
The president has released his budget for fiscal year (FY) 2020, which calls for converting Medicaid to a system of block grants and requiring all able-bodied Medicaid recipients to hold a job or perform community service. The $87.1 billion allocated to HHS, a 12% cut, would include increases to federal HIV funding, but drops in global funding, as well as cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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