Trump administration finalizes rule expanding use of HRAs | House amends spending bill, possibly paving way for national patient ID | Gestational diabetes telehealth program tied to improved monitoring
The Trump administration issued a final rule allowing employees to use tax-free health reimbursement arrangements to purchase health insurance coverage in the individual market with certain limitations starting next year. The rule, issued Thursday, will also permit employers that offer health insurance coverage to provide a special HRA funded at up to $1,800 per year to reimburse employees for short-term health plans, which do not comply with the Affordable Care Act.
The House on Wednesday amended a health care spending bill to remove a 23-year ban on using federal funding to create a national patient identifier. The move was backed by AHIP and other health care stakeholders in a letter to House lawmakers sent earlier this week urging them to pass the amendment introduced by Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill.
Is telehealth the future of mental health care? As the relationship between technology and healthcare continues to evolve, there is one area that seems to be experiencing more disruption than ever: mental health. In 2018, a staggering 43.8 million Americans experienced mental illness, but well over half did not seek treatment. Could telehealth change that? Read more.
A telehealth education and psychosocial support program developed for women with gestational diabetes was associated with improved blood glucose monitoring and appointment attendance, compared with usual care, researchers reported at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting. Both groups saw increased knowledge about gestational diabetes and there were no reported differences in delivery data and other clinical outcomes.
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The rate of suicide among adults ages 18 to 34 rose by 35% between 2007 and 2017, while drug-related deaths increased by 108% and alcohol-related deaths rose by 69%, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Well Being Trust. "The huge increase in the numbers of millennials being lost to substance misuse and suicide is a national tragedy," said John Auerbach, CEO of Trust for America's Health.
Older adults who took antidepressants had a threefold increased likelihood of developing dementia, compared with those who don't take them, according to a study in The American Journal of Psychiatry. The findings were based on data involving 71,515 Israeli adults ages 60 and older followed between 2013 and 2017.
Researchers evaluated 2008 to 2017 data from the National Health Interview Survey and found that the prevalence of meeting physical activity guidelines rose from 19.4% to 25.3% among adults in urban areas and from 13.3% to 19.6% among those in rural areas. The findings in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed a higher prevalence among urban residents in all demographic regions and subgroups from 2016 to 2017 compared with 2008 to 2009.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she has heard the complaints of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and will make changes to her drug pricing plan, which includes requiring Medicare to negotiate prices on a minimum of 25 drugs annually. Pelosi said she would increase the number of drugs up for negotiation to around 250, according to lawmakers who met with the Speaker.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that drugmakers should share Medicare costs. "We want to take away that [catastrophic Medicare coverage] by having the insurance companies and the pharmaceuticals pay a greater part of the cost, put a cap on what out of pocket expenses would be and save the taxpayers' money in the process," said Grassley.
Amgen's Kanjinti, or trastuzumab-anns, a biosimilar version of Roche's Herceptin, or trastuzumab, has been approved by the FDA. The drug is indicated for the treatment of patients with HER2-overexpressing breast cancer and HER2-overexpressing metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma.
The CMS approved Washington's plan to implement a subscription model with makers of expensive hepatitis C drugs for its Medicaid program. Under the model, the state would pay a fixed annual amount to a drugmaker in exchange for unlimited supply of hepatitis C medications
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., introduced legislation that would require health insurance providers to pay for FDA-approved over-the-counter birth control with no cost-sharing.
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[We] thought that once we'd climbed the mountain, it was unlikely anyone would ever make another attempt.
Sir Edmund Hillary, mountaineer who, with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first climber to reach Mount Everest's summit
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