Focus of the Week

September 20, 2019
Residents of North Pasadena, Texas, struggling with food insecurity obtained “prescriptions” for healthy food from their clinic providers and boosted their intake of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, beans, and whole grains, in another example of the food as medicine movement that also illustrates some of the challenges with these efforts. 
September 19, 2019
The lack of awareness for HPV vaccination contributes to skewed public knowledge, which leaves many at risk for HPV related cancers.
September 18, 2019
CMS made an “error of law” when it tried to expand a site-neutral payment system, a federal judge ruled.
September 17, 2019
As rising drug costs continue to take up a larger portion of the total cost of care, practices in the Oncology Care Model find themselves in control of a shrinking portion of total costs, according to anecdotes from an academic medical center and a community-based practice during the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Policy Summit held September 12 in Washington, DC.
September 16, 2019
The leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to 3 private equity firms seeking information. The committee has already unanimously voted out the No Surprises Act to protect consumers. 
September 13, 2019
Despite growing interest in addressing social determinants of health and recent research into interventions that address food insecurity, there are only a small number of low-quality studies in the area.
September 12, 2019
As an FDA advisory committee prepares to meet Friday to discuss an application from Aimmune Therapeutics for AR101, its peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT) product, results of a different phase 2 study were released late Thursday indicating that those with allergies to the legume would have to continue treatment in order to avoid reactions.
September 11, 2019
Predetermined topics to be discussed by the 2020 dietary guidelines committee failed to mention risks correlated to red meat, processed foods, and appropriate sodium intake, which contribute to the impending epidemic of lifestyle diseases.
September 10, 2019
According to a report from the US Census Bureau, the rising rate of the uninsured appears to be a result of a slump in Medicaid coverage. Health policy experts say the decline reflects efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
September 09, 2019
The meta-analysis showed that more than 1,125,000 men around the world have the inherited bleeding disorder; 418,000 of those have a severe version of the mostly undiagnosed disease. Previously, only 400,000 people globally were estimated to have hemophilia.
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