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Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows pursues health care deal with Speaker Ryan
Rep. Mark Meadows intends to deliver an Obamacare repeal and replacement plan to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday that would leave in place the existing law’s mandates for insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions. “What I’m getting to him is based on conversations that I’ve had with (Tuesday Group co-chairman) Tom MacArthur and leadership, but I wouldn’t say that it’s approved at this point,” Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told USA TODAY. “What we’re trying to do is work through issues that are important to all of us but make sure that pre-existing conditions are taken care of.”
Trump Says Health-Care Revamp Still Priority Ahead of Tax Overhaul
President Donald Trump said he would keep pressing to enact a health-care overhaul even if it means delaying another one of his policy goals: revamping the tax code. Last month, House Republicans conceded they didn’t have enough votes to pass their health-care bill, despite an aggressive lobbying effort by the White House.
Pennsylvania congressman to be named drug czar by Trump
Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino is expected to step down from his seat to take on a new role in the Trump administration. Multiple sources tell CBS News that Marino will head up the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), assuming the informal title of drug czar.
Forget Trumpcare 2.0, moderates want to try bipartisanship
As conservatives pressure moderates to accept Trumpcare changes that would swing the bill to the right, some moderates are moving on to a new plan: Bipartisanship. As in, trying to create a coalition with moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats that could actually get something done.
The federal panel that opposed prostate cancer screening just changed its mind
An influential federal task force has dropped its controversial opposition to routine screening for prostate cancer and now says that men between the ages of 55 and 69 should discuss the test’s potential benefits and harms with their doctors and make decisions based on their own “values and preferences.” “The decision about whether to be screened for prostate cancer should be an individual one,” the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in a draft recommendation issued Tuesday.
Automakers Spur Europe Stocks as Haven Dash Slows: Markets Wrap
European stocks advanced as Daimler AG’s results provided a dose of cheer to offset recent caution. Havens including gold and Treasuries steadied while oil gained on the prospect of an extension to production cuts.
Insurers Want Greater Certainty on Obamacare Subsidies
Health insurers want more certainty about whether the government plans to keep paying them subsidies in order to decide whether to participate in the individual market exchanges next year. In a statement provided to Morning Consult last week, the Department of Health and Human Services said it hasn’t changed the precedent that it would keep paying the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers while a lawsuit about the subsidies continues.
This Medicare Advantage startup isn’t doing so hot
Clover Health has raised almost $300 million in venture capital funding, but so far, it isn’t providing any returns to its outside investors. Losses at the tech-based health insurance company, which only enrolls Medicare Advantage seniors, were seven times higher in 2016 than 2015 due to “higher-than-expected medical expenses,” according to Clover’s financial documents.
Bill looks to address dearth of underserved areas with foreign doctors
A bipartisan group of senators wants to address the need for doctors in rural and poor areas by increasing the number of foreign physicians allowed to practice in the U.S. This week, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) re-introduced legislation that would expand the number of physicians who could participate in the Conrad Waiver 30 program.
Healthcare’s new rural frontier
Just before dusk on an evening in early March, Mimi Rosenkrance set to work on her spacious cattle ranch to vaccinate a calf. But the mother cow quickly decided that just wasn’t going to happen.
Lawmakers want hearing aids to be easier to get, but doctors object
Patricia Holland of Waltham suffered a panic attack during a vacation in Savannah, Ga., 13 years ago when she lost her hearing aid and had no way to quickly find a replacement. Almost two weeks later, when she finally got one, she teared up with joy even though she had to hand over $2,600.
Property Investors Venture Into Behavioral Health Facilities
Care Capital Properties Inc., CCP +2.69% a health-care real-estate investment trust, is spending $400 million to purchase six behavioral health hospitals in California, Arizona and Illinois in a sale-leaseback transaction. The Chicago-based REIT is purchasing the hospitals from affiliates of Signature Healthcare Services LLC, which provides psychiatric services focused on behavioral health and substance abuse.
Weighing CON laws against price transparency
When New Hampshire last year became the first state in more than 15 years to eliminate its certificate-of-need laws, hospitals worried the loss would affect competition and revenues. CON laws are state mandates that govern the construction and development of healthcare facilities and services.
Pharma, Biotech and Devices
FDA warns Mylan over quality concerns at India facility
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised concerns over quality controls at a Mylan NV manufacturing plant in India, according to a warning letter from the agency dated April 3. India-based drug manufacturing facilities have been criticized by the FDA in recent years for violating quality standards, as the agency increases oversight of key suppliers to the United States.
Risk factors for heart disease and stroke also tied to Alzheimer’s
Middle-aged people with risk factors for heart attacks and stroke are also more likely to develop changes in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked so-called vascular risk factors, including obesity, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure, to higher odds of dementia, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
The VA’s mobile strategy: Balance access with security
Like most healthcare organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs is treading carefully when it comes to balancing the integration of mobile devices with security and privacy considerations. Keeping up with the demand for mobile devices and new, innovative technology presents the biggest challenge for the nation’s largest integrated health system, said Don (DJ) Kachman, the VA’s director of mobile technologies and client security enterprise systems engineering, during an online chat hosted by Federal News Radio.
Opinions, Editorials and Perspectives
Drastic Cuts to NIH Would Hamper Progress in Finding Cures
The National Institutes of Health is in the business of curing diseases. For more than a century, NIH scientists have improved American lives by making important discoveries that benefit public health.
2017 Healthcare Prognosis
The state of US healthcare delivery has certainly been top of mind in 2017. With so much potential change, we are frequently finding ourselves in discussions about how policy will change and impact our ecosystem.