HEALTH CARE HIGHLIGHTS
FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Announces Resignation
On Tuesday, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, announced that he would be resigning in the next month. Two focus areas during Commissioner Gottlieb’s tenure at the FDA include curbing vaping and making generic drugs more accessible. Dr. Gottlieb says he is stepping down from his role in order to spend more time with his family.
Congress Holds Three More Health Care Hearings
The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing titled, “Strengthening health care system: legislation to lower costs and expand access.” Read more/Watch »
The House Ways and Means Committee also held a hearing on lowering drug prices, specifically for Medicare beneficiaries. Watch the hearing »
CHART OF THE WEEK
Kaiser Family Foundation
Kaiser Family Foundation developed an interactive map that illustrates how ACA exchange premiums can be unaffordable for those who don't get a subsidy. Click the chart below to use the interactive map.
Chart: Kaiser Family Foundation
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
The authors provide a thorough examination of the components that impact Medicare Part D drug costs, including a discussion about the proposed rule to eliminate rebates. The article concludes with several suggestions to be considered.
Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
Last week, the Kaiser Family Foundation published an analysis of plans on Healthcare.gov that found that 19 percent of all in-network claims were denied in 2017 on the ACA Marketplace. Check out this interview with Karen Pollitz, senior fellow for health reform and private insurance, who worked on the new “denied claims” analysis.
Improving Health After Treatment: The U.S. health care system must adapt to the needs of cancer survivors.
The author reiterates that old models of delivering cancer survivorship care will not sufficiently meet the needs of millions of survivors.
He writes, “Managing the health of cancer survivors may require a new medical subspecialty. Until then, cancer survivors should feel empowered to be their own advocates by proactively discussing their health questions and concerns with their physicians.”
The author writes, “Recovering from cancer and its aftermath is like grief; always changing, undulating and rippling like a tide.”
We often hear similar references to cancer and grief when speaking to patients about their cancer experience and coping with the aftermath.