What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights this week include: EHRs to drive federal health IT spending by 2023, FDA approves first AI software that can identify disease, global leaders seek to reignite fight against deadly malaria, drug test spurs frank talk between hypertension patients and doctors, and many people taking antidepressants discover they cannot quit.

By Andy Tofilon • April 18, 2018

Top highlights this week: How mega-mergers are changing the business of medical care, reinsurance pools, CVS to offer discount to uninsured for anti-overdose drug, scientists push plan to change how researchers define Alzheimer’s, Minnesota’s premature death rate lowest in the nation, and flu season is not over yet.

By Andy Tofilon • April 11, 2018

Top highlights include: Walmart’s new growth strategy in health care, coffee must carry cancer warning in Cali, highly drug-resistant gonorrhea confirmed by health officials, drug-resistant “nightmare bacteria” pose growing threat, and older Americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work.

By Andy Tofilon • April 4, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Mayo Clinic uses analytics to filter out meaningless data for ICU physicians; FDA moves to limit ingredients for bulk drug compounding; U.S. regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors; examining the health benefits of a daily glass of wine; and grilling meat may raise risk of high blood pressure.

By Andy Tofilon • March 28, 2018

Top highlights this week: U.S. to cover advanced genomic testing for Medicare cancer patients, hospitals are confronting a new opioid crisis, the struggle to build a massive “biobank” of patient data, Wisconsin Department of Health warns of mysterious Disease X, and hospice patients increase as population ages.

By Kelley Luedke • March 21, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Medical cargo could be the gateway for routine drone deliveries, increase in overdoses shows opioid epidemic has worsened, Minnesota lawmakers consider bill to raise smoking age, digital health is redefining pharma’s pipeline, and drug co-pays sometimes exceed costs.

By Andy Tofilon • March 14, 2018

Top highlights this week include: “Holy Grail” flu vaccine remains out of reach, Uber launches service to get people to the doctor’s office, rethinking rural health solutions, why drugmakers want your health records, and major medical associations feud over diabetes guidelines.

By Andy Tofilon • March 7, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Major EPA reorganization will end science research program, FDA Advisory Committee to analyze changing flu vaccine for next year, CDC requests funds to build new maximum-security laboratory, what the hospitals of the future will look like, and flu remains widespread in Minnesota.

By Andy Tofilon • February 28, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Amazon as a major hospital supplier, FDA approves first blood test to detect concussions, FDA opens new path for Alzheimer’s treatments, measles rates soared in Europe in 2017, and Minnesota sees big jump in people without health insurance.

By Andy Tofilon • February 21, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Easing menu labeling rules under Obamacare, nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018, breakthrough stroke treatment, historic flu season drives sales across the health care industry, and Fitbit is acquiring health coaching platform Twine Health.

By Andy Tofilon • February 14, 2018

Top highlights this week include: States look at establishing their own health insurance mandates, Republicans give up on Obamacare repeal, U.S. government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers, call to boost Alzheimer’s funding, and HHS touts regulatory rollbacks under Trump’s first year.

By Andy Tofilon • February 7, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Health system mergers in the U.S. at record high, HHS touts regulatory rollbacks under Trump’s first year, Medicaid work rules face tough legal challenges, new HHS secretary, and CMS’ latest bundled-pay model attracts lots of interest.

By Andy Tofilon • January 31, 2018

Top highlights this week include: More tax cuts in government funding bill, Trump administration extending opioid emergency declaration, deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care, opioid crisis blamed for sharp increase in accidental deaths in U.S., and delay of Obamacare taxes in spending bill will cost about $31 billion.

By Andy Tofilon • January 24, 2018