Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Many public health programs in the U.S. have been widely successful but funding for these health campaigns is surprisingly low. Why? The public sector is beholden to political forces that dictate spending. Projects that focus on more obvious and immediate benefits are preferred over public health investments. However, even with less advantageous returns, the more recent public health investments still have been worth the value they provide. Read More
• In a move to reduce state burdens, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a policy that would require 17 states to accept lower Medicaid payment rates without a review of the consequences or even industry input. Hospitals oppose this proposal because of the anticipated adverse impact it would have on Medicaid Beneficiaries' access to care because many providers may choose not to treat Medicaid patients. Read More
• Artificial intelligence is here to stay in health care and one line of research is seeking to train computers to diagnose pancreatic cancer while the disease is still readily treatable. However, The Felix Project at Johns Hopkins still puts in a huge amount of human time, labor, and intellect into training computers to distinguish between a normal pancreas and one with a tumor. Read More
• On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an innovation challenge that aims to offer unique approaches to detecting, treating, and preventing opioid addiction. The challenge is open to products in any stage of development, from concept to testing. Developers accepted into the challenge will work with the FDA review divisions during the development and evaluation of the proposed product. Read More
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