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  • The FDA has cleared its first digital birth control app August 14, 2018
    Couples in the U.S. looking to either conceive or avoid pregnancy will now have a new tool available to them. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced it has permitted a digital birth control app to be marketed as such in the U.S. The app, called Natural Cycles, is the first medical device of […]
  • More evidence exercise improves mental health August 14, 2018
    Individuals who exercise regularly have superior mental health compared to those who do not exercise, new research suggests. Investigators studied data for 1.2 million U.S. adults and found that those who exercised had 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health during the past month than their physically inactive matched counterparts.
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  • Multi-gene test may find risk for heart disease and more August 14, 2018
    You know your cholesterol, your blood pressure ... your heart gene score? Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help. Today, gene testing mostly focuses on rare mutations in one or a few genes, like […]
  • Medicare to ACOs: Take off the training wheels August 14, 2018
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a radical overhaul to Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organizations (MSS ACOs) late Thursday, demanding participants take more risk, more quickly, under a new draft rule. New ACO participants will be allowed to stay in an "upside-only" risk model for a maximum of 2 years under […]
  • Better US patient access to cancer drugs comes at a price August 14, 2018
    Comparing the U.S. and the European Union, where do patients have greater access to cancer drugs? This question isn’t as easy to answer as it would seem. Patient access to pharmaceuticals is multidimensional; the two main dimensions being the regulatory framework and pricing and reimbursement.
  • One week at CMS: Steps toward transformative changes August 14, 2018
    The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services is continuing the drumbeat of modernizing the two gargantuan programs it runs to generate more accountability, greater transparenc, and provide better value for both patients and taxpayers.
  • What CMS' ACO rule change means for health IT: 4 things to know August 14, 2018
    CMS proposed several changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program in a draft rule Aug. 9, which would also overhaul the way ACOs share risks and rewards. The proposal has several implications for EHR usage and telehealth. Here are four ways health IT would be affected if the proposal is approved.
  • The cosmically huge 'if' of Medicare for all August 14, 2018
    Imagine a world in which the rosy assumptions Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) makes on behalf of his “Medicare for all” healthcare plan turn out to be true. That is what Charles Blahous, a professor at George Mason University’s libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center, did in a paper released last month. He found that the government would expand […]
  • Treating teen depression might improve mental health of parents, too August 14, 2018
    An estimated 12.8 percent of adolescents in the U.S. experience at least one episode of major depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. According to previous studies, many of those teens' mental health is linked to depression in their parents. But new research suggests there's a flipside to that parental effect: When teens […]