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The White House wants to rename HHS to 'HPW.' (But the proposed revamp goes beyond the name.)

June 22, 2018

A plan released yesterday by the White House Office of Management and Budget would reorganize, restructure, and rename various federal agencies, including HHS and FDA.

Why some are hopeful—and others skeptical—about Gawande at Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan

June 22, 2018

Since news broke that Atul Gawande will lead the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan Chase health care venture, stakeholders have offered predictions about how Gawande will approach the job—with some applauding the pick and others questioning whether the respected surgeon and thought leader has the business acumen the job might demand.

Could the herpes virus be linked to Alzheimer's? New study suggests it might be.

June 22, 2018

Joel Dudley, a senior author on the study and an associate professor of genetics and genomic sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, said the findings suggest that two herpes "viruses are probably significant players in driving the immune system in Alzheimer's" disease.

Google's latest ambition: Predicting when patients will die

June 22, 2018

Google's new artificial intelligence system can predict a range of potential patient outcomes, including when a patient might die.

Diagnosed with ALS, this researcher continues his work to cure the disease

June 22, 2018

Rahul Desikan was one of the foremost researchers on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when he was diagnosed with the disease—and now, unable to speak, walk, and hardly able to move, Desikan is working harder than ever to save others from the disease.

Employer medical cost growth is flat. But it's still unsustainable, PwC report finds.

June 22, 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute finds the expected 2019 cost trend for the employer-sponsored health coverage population is in line with the 5.5% to 7% increases seen over the past five years, but remains "unsustainably high," leading to consumers paying larger portions of their medical costs.

Senate rejects attempt to bring up Trump proposal to cut $7B in unspent CHIP funds

June 22, 2018

Rules that would allow the Senate to pass President Trump's rescissions measure by a simple majority vote are scheduled to expire today, meaning Wednesday's failed attempt to bring up the bill might mean the Senate will not have time to consider the measure.

Two states are going to sue the Trump admin over its association health plan rule. Here's why.

June 21, 2018

Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey (D) and New York AG Barbara Underwood (D) say they believe the Trump administration's final rule to expand association health plans "is unlawful and would lead to fewer critical consumer health protections."

Trump walks back immigration policy that provider groups say causes toxic stress in children

June 21, 2018

President Trump signs an executive order to rein in the separation of migrant children from their parents amid a growing chorus of concerns from health care professionals about the practice's short- and long-term health effects.

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