Sometimes things happen that are beyond human decency. When these things happen and it causes others to lose their lives, we must learn to act to punish those responsible and ensure it never happens again. For more than two years, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has been investigating the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the American people receive a full accounting of what went wrong and to determine what corrective steps are necessary to ensure our nation is better prepared for any future public health crisis.
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Researchers aimed to test the feasibility of a DTx program for patients with cancer, as measured by engagement, retention, and acceptability. In addition, we explored the effects of the program on cancer-related QoL. The high retention, employment, and acceptability found in this study demonstrated that multidisciplinary DTx is feasible for patients with cancer.
When rationalizing their lofty price tags, one of the most common reasons pharma companies cite is that a high price is needed to make good on the money invested in research and development. According to a study, the amount of money spent on research and development (R&D) for new pharmaceutical drugs doesn’t correlate with high prices for the medications.
“We are hearing about it more and more,” said Jacqueline Reid, a government research analyst at the Office of Inspector General who has analyzed Medicare Advantage overbilling. It’s costing us billions and continues unchecked because Medicare has become too big. This is a summary of an article from the NY Times.
Some doctors warn that smartwatches and other AFib-detecting wearable devices aren’t proven screening tools and say alerts for nonsevere cases can result in patient anxiety, costly testing, and unnecessary treatment. Here is a summary of an article from the WSJ.
Physician burnout is again a significant concern and a serious issue around telehealth. These are the stories being reported in the media this week. Here are summaries with links.
The latest KFF COVID-19 Monitor finds that fatigue and frustration dominate the public’s mood as the U.S. nears the pandemic’s second anniversary. While partisans have often been split in their pandemic attitudes, roughly three in four Democrats, independents, and Republicans say they feel “tired” and “frustrated,” and similar shares say they think it is likely that most people in the U.S. will eventually get infected with COVID-19.
Clunky, costly, highly regulated health systems, often dominated by rent-seeking middlemen, are being shaken up by firms that target patients directly, meet them where they are—which is increasingly online—and give them more control over how to access care. Here is a summary of the article from The Economist.