CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency will be unveiling new payment models centered on high-cost areas such as cancer, chronic disease and end-stage renal disease care as part of ongoing efforts to advance value-based care, and HHS Secretary Alex Azar said some of the models could be mandatory. The agencies noted health care providers can expect reduced regulatory burdens and more effective quality measures, but they must be willing to increase their share of risk.
Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., are seeking a subpoena to force HHS and the CMS to provide key documents on Medicaid work requirements, including any agency projections on how the requirements could affect low-income people and how many people could lose coverage as a result of the provisions. The lawmakers said the agencies did not address an earlier request for information, but the CMS said it is preparing a response to the Aug. 23 letter.
Women who were overweight or obese were at an increased risk of having urinary incontinence compared with those who were normal weight, according to a study in Obesity Reviews. Australian researchers evaluated 14 studies involving 47,293 young and middle-aged women from eight countries and suggested weight loss may help overweight or obese women prevent the development of urinary incontinence.
HHS said the Trump administration is working with California-based drugmaker Opiant Pharmaceuticals to develop a nasal spray opioid overdose antidote called nalmefene that can be used to prevent opioid-related deaths and protect against the threat of fentanyl being used in a terrorist attack. An injector version of the drug was approved by the FDA, but it was pulled from the market in 2008 due to low sales.
A report in The Lancet found more than half of the 193 United Nations member states that signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals blueprint will fail to reach targets to reduce premature deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes by 2030. The goals include 17 target categories in areas such as poverty, hunger, quality education, good health and well-being.
A Prudential study found 79% of advisers say financial wellness programs benefit employees and 70% say employers are asking for them. The report said 83% of employers offer some type of financial wellness program.
Bloodworks Northwest has introduced a smartphone app that allows people to track their blood donations, schedule appointments and find blood drives. Bill Harper of application developer Degree 37 said focus groups showed that younger adults were as willing as their parents to donate but may not be reached through traditional media.
Inui Health has secured clearance from the FDA to market its smartphone system for urine testing for detection of diabetes, urinary tract infection, kidney problems, pregestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
The FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation to Pfizer's 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine candidate PF-06482077, which is being developed to prevent invasive disease and pneumonia brought on by Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes in adults. The company plans to launch late-stage studies in the next few months.
A study from IonTuition finds 66% of people want the ability to put retirement matching contributions toward student-loan repayment, up from 49% a year ago. Many people feel as though they have to choose between making loan payments and saving for retirement, experts say.
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