What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights this week include: to improve treatment, researchers want to hunt for clues in medical records; physician burnout a key driver of medical errors; scientists just found a novel, cheap way to use CRISPR gene editing to fight cancer; blood pressure linked to lesions, signs of Alzheimer’s in autopsied brains; and low-dose aspirin may be ineffective in heavier patients.

By Andy Tofilon • July 18, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Patients with chronic pain feel caught in an opioid-prescribing debate, new facility will help first responders statewide with crisis intervention training, GE moves to spin off health care division, states expand telemedicine to allow prescribing of controlled substances, and a frightening new reason to worry about air pollution.

By Andy Tofilon • July 11, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Amazon to buy online pharmacy PillPack, providers receive new guide to navigate infectious disease testing, U.S. hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage, Mayo Clinic career immersion returns, and an uncommon form of heart attack needs a second look.

By Andy Tofilon • July 4, 2018

Top highlights this week include: new CDC director targets opioids, suicide, and pandemics; children’s genomics partnership to boost treatment; health care provider organizations seek digital tools to improve the patient experience; CVS adds home delivery with help from post office; and severe obesity rates surging in rural America.

By Andy Tofilon • June 27, 2018

Top highlights this week include: after opioid overdose, only 30% get medicine to treat addiction; FDA clears first generic film strip of addition drug suboxone; growth of telehealth improves continuity of care; and WHO classifies “gaming disorder” as mental health condition.

By Andy Tofilon • June 20, 2018

Top highlights this week include: number of opioid prescriptions falls for fifth year in a row, Arizona launches first 24-hour opioid hotline in the nation, Mayo Biobank collaborates with company seeking to identify Alzheimer’s risk, alternative medicines for Alzheimer’s, and many breast cancer survivors not getting needed mammograms.

By Andy Tofilon • June 13, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Clues to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s from how you use your computer; physical therapists look to expand role; ER spending rises with increasing prices, severity of visits; start colon cancer screening at 45, not 50, American Cancer Society urges; and the largest health disparity we don’t talk about.

By Andy Tofilon • June 6, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Hospitals see growing numbers of kids and teens at risk for suicide, more U.S. adults try vaping but current use is down, U.S. to contribute up to $7 million to fight Ebola outbreak, after long decline, death rates from prostate cancer stop falling, and with death rate up, U.S. life expectancy is likely down again.

By Andy Tofilon • May 30, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Routine DNA screening moves into primary care, more U.S. kids overdosing on ADHD drugs, VA signs $10B deal with Cerner, FDA looking at ways to include price info in drug ads, and U.S. fertility rate fell to a record low for second straight year.

By Andy Tofilon • May 23, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Q&A with CEO John Noseworthy, M.D., on Mayo Clinic’s future; for every woman who dies in childbirth in the U.S., 70 more come close; more Americans suffer major depression; fentanyl deaths on the rise in Minnesota; and the burnout crisis in American medicine.

By Andy Tofilon • May 16, 2018

Top highlights this week include: The U.S. is facing an EpiPen shortage, how Mayo Clinic’s prescribing guidelines are cutting opioid prescriptions by half, virtual doctor visits are getting more popular, FDA extends deadline to revamp nutrition facts labels, and Mayo Clinic installs new interactive kiosks in Minnesota.

By Andy Tofilon • May 9, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Minnesota finalizes guidelines for opioid prescriptions; when is it safe to eat salad again; NIH opens nationwide enrollment for huge precision medicine initiative; diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas more than tripled in the U.S. since 2004; and remnant painkillers pose a fatal risk.

By Andy Tofilon • May 2, 2018

Top highlights this week include: For the first time in years, new groups may vie to run organ transplant network; Phoenix Sky Harbor opens first airport health center; anxiety relief without the high; addictive opioids still overprescribed after surgery; and new ideas to boost medical device safety.

By Andy Tofilon • April 25, 2018