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More US residents are enrolled in high-deductible health plans with HSAs, report finds

April 18, 2018


Researchers say increasing enrollment in high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts highlights the need for policymakers to approve legislation that would expand coverage under such plans.

Why do so many clinical trials exclude the elderly?

April 18, 2018


Older adults have long been underrepresented in clinical trials, but experts say policy changes could lead more elderly patients to participate in clinical studies—and improve the quality of care for the entire geriatric population.

Groups ask CMS to stop dialysis facilities from steering patients into private health plans

April 18, 2018


A coalition of consumer groups, health care insurers, and unions are urging CMS to re-issue a final rule intended to stop dialysis facilities and other third parties from steering Medicare-eligible patients with end-stage renal disease into individual market plans in instances when the facilities or third parties either directly or indirectly have a financial interest in doing so.

FDA is cracking down on sales of pure caffeine. Here's why.

April 17, 2018


FDA in a statement announcing the guidance says "pure and highly concentrated caffeine products are much more potent" than most products that commonly contain caffeine—such as coffee, soda, and tea—"and can cause serious health effects, including rapid or dangerously erratic heartbeat, seizures, and death."

Trump directs DOJ to ease marijuana enforcement policy

April 17, 2018


Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) says President Trump has directed the Department of Justice not to target marijuana operations in Colorado and said he would support legislation to allow states to set their own policies regarding marijuana.

The biggest threat to health care organizations' data security comes from inside, report finds

April 16, 2018


Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigation Report finds 56% of breaches that occurred in the health care industry in 2017 resulted from insider threats, marking the first time such threats spurred the majority of breaches in any industry.

'Silver-loading' helped save the ACA's exchanges in 2018. Now, the Trump admin might ban it.

April 16, 2018


Despite the predictions of many pundits last year, the Affordable Care Act's exchanges have not imploded—but analysts are raising red flags all over again in light of the Trump administration's plans for the 2019 open enrollment period.

FDA outlines conditions for pregnant women to enroll in clinical trials

April 16, 2018


FDA says its new draft guidance addresses barriers to collecting data on pregnant women in clinical trials, noting that it could be helpful to collect such data in an effort to help pregnant women and their fetuses.

FDA approves first AI device that can detect disease without a specialist

April 13, 2018


The IDx-DR device uses artificial intelligence software to analyze digital images of the eye and determine whether patients have more than mild diabetic retinopathy without a clinician to interpret the image or results—meaning providers who are not normally familiar with eye care, such as primary care physicians, can use the device.

Researchers propose redefining Alzheimer's disease to improve clinical trials

April 13, 2018


The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association are proposing a new definition for Alzheimer's disease based on biological signs, rather than symptoms, for the purpose of research—but experts say the proposal could have unintentional ramifications in clinical practice as well.

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