What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights this week include: NYU School of Medicine will provide free tuition to students; FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen; why hospitals are getting into the real estate business; moderate bad cholesterol levels tied to early death for healthy people; and vaping can damage DNA, but will it cause cancer?

By Andy Tofilon • August 22, 2018

Top highlights this week include: new estimates show overdose deaths surpassed 72,000 in 2017; CVS launches program targeting expensive new drugs; FDA weighing a ban on flavored e-cigarette liquids; Mayo Clinic names its next CEO; and CVS to offer nationwide telemedicine service through smartphone video.

By Andy Tofilon • August 15, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Medicare approves $4.8 billion raise for hospitals, use of prescription opioids in U.S. remains high, some bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers, teens with depression may benefit from collaborative care treatment, and belly fat linked to cognitive decline.

By Andy Tofilon • August 8, 2018

Top highlights this week: how the medical community is working to prevent suicides; surgeon general, hospitals team up to combat opioid abuse; a promising drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s was just unveiled; alcohol in breast milk may lead to lower cognition in kids; and scientists warn new Ebola strain found in West Africa has potential to infect humans.

By Andy Tofilon • August 1, 2018

Top highlights this week include: hospitals gear up for new diagnosis: human trafficking; health care industry branches into fresh meals, rides to gym; why tech developers are trying to tackle mental health; doctors raise alarm about shortages of pain medications; and deaths from liver disease are surging, and drinking is to blame.

By Andy Tofilon • July 25, 2018

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