By: Mary Engle, FTC, and Steven Tave, FDA Ever bought a dietary supplement or other health-related product that didn’t work as promised? Maybe you had side effects, or the claims just seemed unbelievable. Know this: the government holds companies accountable … Continue reading →
By: Kathryn O’Callaghan and Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. Imagine checking your blood sugar levels several times a day with a glucose meter to keep your diabetes under control. Or maybe you’ve had a hip joint replaced or a stent inserted … Continue reading →
Radio interview with Andy Fosmire, the Vice President for Rural Health of the Oklahoma Hospital Association. Discussion includes rural hospital closures and the risk in Oklahoma, the work of the Oklahoma Hospital Association especially as it relates to rural hospitals, and a 24-hour outpatient hospital model the Oklahoma Hospital Association is working on presenting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the hospital associations in Kansas and New Mexico, among other things.
By: Richard A. Moscicki, M.D. Patients with serious or immediately life-threatening diseases or conditions who have no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy and who seek access to potentially life-saving investigational drugs will have another option to guide them through the … Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – For years, dozens of historic rowhouses in an East Baltimore neighborhood sat vacant, boarded up and crumbling from neglect while nearby families were in need of affordable housing. Then, a $9.3 million redevelopment project rehabilitated 32 vacant rowhouses into beautiful affordable housing homes complete with a coffee shop and a workforce development center inside two mixed-use buildings.
By: Ilisa Bernstein, Pharm.D., J.D. The U.S. prescription drug supply is among the safest in the world, but it can be challenging to keep it that way. Criminals – both here and abroad – constantly threaten to replace safe, effective, … Continue reading →
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a new report, State and Substate Estimates of Any Mental Illness from the 2012-2014 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, which revealed that mental illness affects 43.7 million adults in the U.S. annually. Among other things, the report also details which states had the highest and the lowest rates of mental illness.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for June 2017.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is recognizing ten states with the Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that had the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement over the past year. These states invested funds from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) into quality improvement and technical assistance projects and worked with CAHs and other partners to share best practices and utilize data.
Details the findings of a new study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that revealed that lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the biggest concerns of American farmers. According to this study, 73% of farmers said that having insurance was an important or very important means of reducing business risk, 52% were not confident they could pay the costs of a major illness without going into debt or losing their farm, and 64% reported having pre-existing conditions. Also touches on possible policy-based solutions based on the understanding that the stability of the farm sector directly affects the country’s food system and, therefore, is a national security concern.
Details health concerns related to the total solar eclipse that will be visible in a path across the U.S. on August 21, 2017. It is anticipated that millions of people will travel to locations across the country to view it, but because these sites are not yet officially sponsored, resources may be limited, especially in rural locations with less healthcare infrastructure. Includes fact sheets, checklists, locally-developed guidance documents, and new articles related to eye safety, injury treatment, and planned mass gatherings in rural and urban settings to help communities plan for this event.
By: Richard Pazdur, M.D. When I was in high school, I spent summers working as a restaurant dishwasher, grocery store stock boy and gardener in northwest Indiana. The idea of spending those weeks learning about science and medicine would not … Continue reading →
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes. The report also found that rates of diabetes were higher for certain racial minorities and for people living in the South and Appalachia.
By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D. The key to FDA’s public health mission, and its ability to bring innovative new therapies to patients, is the technical, scientific, and clinical expertise of its people. As the products that we’re asked to review become … Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – In an effort to prevent and effectively end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $2 billion available to support thousands of local homeless assistance programs nationwide. Funded through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Program, HUD’s funding notice continues to encourage local applicants to use a Housing First approach to help individuals and families move quickly into permanent housing.
The United States Census Bureau has released new, detailed statistics of social, economic, housing, and demographic characteristics for hundreds of race, tribal, Hispanic origin and ancestry populations. Includes tables from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey with data at numerous geographic levels, one of which is specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $20 million Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Network grant to the University of Vermont and the Maine Medical Center. The project will allow researchers to explore the most effective ways to address healthcare issues in the region, especially within rural and medically underserved communities across Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. Research will focus on health issues endemic to the region, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse, while also addressing challenges to delivering effective rural healthcare.
Discusses the role of President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, MD, in the fight against an HIV outbreak in rural Scott County, Indiana. Currently serving as Indiana’s State Health Commissioner, Adams has also advocated for a number of interventions to help control the nation’s opioid epidemic.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a new report, State and Substate Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Reliever, on the rates of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among those aged 12 or older. It found that 4.31% had used prescription pain relievers non-medically in the past year, and that the rates of use varied by state.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would update Medicare payment and policies for doctors and other clinicians who treat Medicare patients in CY 2018. The intention of this rule is to relieve regulatory burdens for providers, support the patient-doctor relationship, and promote transparency, flexibility, and innovation in care delivery.The full rule can be found in the Federal Register.