Now that Senate Republicans have delayed action on their Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill until after the Independence Day recess, let’s take a moment to talk about innovation.
Senate GOP leaders today scrapped this week’s planned vote on their version of Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation, with plans for a quick turnaround on the bill faltering in the face of fierce opposition from voters and a wide variety of interest groups.
After the Congressional Budget Office reported Monday that the Better Care Reconciliation Act would cause 22 million Americans to lose their health insurance, organizations representing physicians, hospitals, small businesses and Medicare patients and other interest groups said the BRCA would have a devastating effect on the health insurance system. Continue reading
Last week’s blog post by Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is providing digital health innovators with a new roadmap to navigate pre- and post-market federal oversight of their products.
The topline for journalists is that in the coming months, the FDA will publish new guidance on digital health products and launch programs to monitor the industry, according to the blog post. Key timeframes and details, culled from Gottlieb’s post: Continue reading
The most recent edition of The Associated Press Stylebook – the premier guide for copy editors – has a number of updates that are important for health journalists to be aware of. Many of them are around the subject of drug and alcohol use and misuse, which many of my colleagues find themselves writing about quite a bit these days.
Last week’s announcement that the Department of Veterans Affairs would replace its homegrown electronic health record system VistA with a Cerner product came ahead of the expected July 1 deadline for a decision on the matter.
The move made waves in the health IT sector for several reasons. Most notably, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, M.D., chose to invoke a “public interest exception” in the Cerner pick, bypassing the usual competitive bidding process for government contracts. Continue reading