Obstetrics bundled-care models are young but growing | Researchers find racial disparity in children's access to mental health care | Providers work with ride-hailing services get patients to medical appointments
A recent paper from the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network cited maternity care as one of three clinical episodes conducive to a bundled model, but few Medicaid managed-care administrators are testing bundled maternity care. Challenges include deciding what should trigger the bundle, at what points the bundle should begin and end, whether to begin with prenatal care, how health care providers should assume risk, and whether to include high-risk pregnancies.
Mental health care utilization among children and teenagers appears to be inadequate, particularly for black and Hispanic youths, according to an analysis of federal data collected from 2006 to 2012. Data show rates of mental illness are consistent across all racial groups, but only 2.3% of young Hispanic or black people see a mental health specialist, compared with 5.7% of white children, researchers report in the International Journal of Health Services.
Poor access to transportation is a major barrier to health care as well as a drain on provider finances, so a number of health systems and hospitals are starting partnerships with ride-service companies to help patients keep appointments. MedStar Health in Maryland, Hackensack UMC in New Jersey and Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida have partnered with Uber, while National MedTrans Network worked with Lyft to expand its services in New York, California and Nevada.
A study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry finds depression often is underdiagnosed, untreated or inappropriately treated in adults ages 60 and older. Iqbal Ahmed, M.D., of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Maryland, commented that solutions may include efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness, better physician education, and more widespread screening using questionnaires such as the Geriatric Depression Scale.
A review of data on 21,352 veterans with colorectal cancer found that those who used metformin had a 13% increase in overall survival rates compared with those who used other antidiabetic medications. The findings were published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
The HHS has declared a "public health emergency" in Puerto Rico due to the public health threat from the spread of the Zika virus. The declaration will allow the Obama administration to provide more support to the government of Puerto Rico as the number of confirmed Zika cases has reached 10,690, which includes 1,035 pregnant women, according to the HHS.
Three new cases of Zika virus infection caused by local mosquito transmission have been confirmed by Florida officials, including one individual from Palm Beach County. Florida now has reported 413 travel-related cases of Zika infection and 28 cases of non-travel-related Zika.
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iCell Gene Therapeutics' CD4CAR, chimeric antigen receptor engineered T cells that target CD4 protein, has received orphan drug designation from the FDA. The drug is designed to treat peripheral T-cell lymphoma.
The CMS proposed allowing primary care providers who are not physicians to provide some services under the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, an integrated care model for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid and meet certain other criteria. The CMS also proposed allowing individual care team members to fulfill more than one role on the team and participate in more aspects of patients' care.
The HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration will award $16 million to help support telehealth and health care quality improvement activities in 60 rural communities within 32 states and seven Rural Health Research Centers. The Telehealth Network grant program will receive around $6.3 million, 21 community health organizations will each receive $300,000 per year for three years, and the Rural Health Research Centers will each receive $700,000 annually for four years.
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