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2022-03-30 21:52:01
by Alexa Hornbeck
CMS Reports Health Spending to Reach $6.8 Trillion by 2030

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary released a 2021-2030 National Health Expenditure report on Monday regarding health... Read More

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary released a 2021-2030 National Health Expenditure report on Monday regarding health spending and enrollment projections for the coming decade.  According to the report, the annual growth in national health spending is... Read More

2022-03-30 21:49:33
by Alexa Hornbeck
Biden Requests Billions to Innovate Mental Health Services and Accelerate Research 

This week, President Joe Biden released his fiscal year 2023 budget, which includes investments in strengthening mental health services, innovating health... Read More

This week, President Joe Biden released his fiscal year 2023 budget, which includes investments in strengthening mental health services, innovating health research and laying the groundwork to respond to future pandemics.  Specifically, the budget requests $81.7 billion in mandatory funding over... Read More

2022-03-30 20:15:28
by Alexa Hornbeck
Credit Bureaus Make Changes to Lighten the Load of American Medical Debt

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs met Tuesday to explore how effective credit bureaus... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs met Tuesday to explore how effective credit bureaus will be in lightening the heavy load of medical debt many Americans are carrying.  “After increasing scrutiny and pressure, the... Read More

2022-03-30 20:07:44
by Dan McCue
Biden Gets Second Booster Shot

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden received a second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday, a day after federal... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden received a second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday, a day after federal regulators approved a fourth shot for those aged 50 and older. He took the precautionary step as the White House... Read More

2022-03-30 16:58:34
by Alexa Hornbeck
Change to the DSM Stirs Controversy in Psychiatric Community

WASHINGTON —A manual used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, known as the Diagnostic and Statical... Read More

WASHINGTON —A manual used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, known as the Diagnostic and Statical Manual, or DSM, was revised for the first time in nearly a decade to include "prolonged grief disorder." The latest... Read More

2022-03-29 15:45:22
by Dan McCue
FDA Authorizes Second Booster Shot for Americans Over 50

WASHINGTON — Bypassing its review panel of independent experts, the Food and Drug Administration authorized a fourth dose of the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Bypassing its review panel of independent experts, the Food and Drug Administration authorized a fourth dose of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccine for people 50 and older. The authorization for the fourth shot comes as an omicron... Read More

2022-03-24 13:03:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
Federal Funds Ramp Up to Support July Launch of 988 Crisis Line

The Biden administration is requesting $700 million to launch the new 988 line for those in a mental health crisis,... Read More

The Biden administration is requesting $700 million to launch the new 988 line for those in a mental health crisis, by July 16, 2022. “There’s a level of excitement because 988 is a chance to improve mental health care services... Read More

2022-03-23 23:31:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
Senate Special Committee on Aging Examines Home-Based Health Care Services

On Wednesday, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing to examine the importance of home-based health care services... Read More

On Wednesday, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing to examine the importance of home-based health care services and how to lower costs for families in need. According to data presented at the hearing, more than 3 million... Read More

2022-03-23 23:29:14
by Alexa Hornbeck
Alaska Begins Restructuring Department of Health and Social Services

An executive order in Alaska will require the Department of Health and Social Services to restructure, creating two separate departments... Read More

An executive order in Alaska will require the Department of Health and Social Services to restructure, creating two separate departments by July 1. Starting July 1, the two departments — the Department of Family and Community Services and the Department... Read More

2022-03-23 23:27:40
by Alexa Hornbeck
UN Releases Report on Global Water Supply 

On World Water Day, which was observed on March 22, the United Nations released a 2022 report on World Water Development to... Read More

On World Water Day, which was observed on March 22, the United Nations released a 2022 report on World Water Development to empower policymakers with the tools to implement sustainable uses of water resources. In the 300-page report, researchers find that nearly... Read More

2022-03-23 23:24:28
by Alexa Hornbeck
White House Warns It's Unable to Cover Additional COVID Boosters for All 

White House officials warned this week that the federal government does not have enough money to pay for additional COVID-19... Read More

White House officials warned this week that the federal government does not have enough money to pay for additional COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, if needed.  “Right now, we don’t have enough money for fourth doses, if they’re called... Read More

2022-03-23 23:21:47
by Alexa Hornbeck
Lorna Breen Act Boosts Behavioral Health Support for Health Care Workers

President Joe Biden signed the Lorna Breen Act last Friday to support behavioral health services for health care workers. Over the next... Read More

President Joe Biden signed the Lorna Breen Act last Friday to support behavioral health services for health care workers. Over the next three years the act will provide up to $135 million to train health care providers on suicide prevention and behavioral... Read More

2022-03-23 23:19:09
by Alexa Hornbeck
HHS Celebrates One Year of COVID-19 Vaccine Program but Ends Claims for Reimbursement  

On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services recognized the one-year anniversary of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health... Read More

On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services recognized the one-year anniversary of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program.  With funds provided by the American Rescue Plan, the program administered more than 20 million vaccines... Read More

2022-03-23 23:15:47
by Alexa Hornbeck
Preclinical Data Shows Ability of Antibody Combo to Neutralize Omicron Variants

This week, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine released preclinical data that shows a long-acting antibody combination called Evusheld can neutralize... Read More

This week, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine released preclinical data that shows a long-acting antibody combination called Evusheld can neutralize activity against omicron variants of the COVID-19 virus, including BA.2. To conduct the study, researchers used in vivo data generated... Read More

2022-03-23 20:12:49
by Alexa Hornbeck
US Scales Back COVID-19 Response Efforts, Concerns Over Future Variants Remain

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is scaling back COVID-19 response efforts, despite a recent uptick of infections involving an omicron subvariant... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is scaling back COVID-19 response efforts, despite a recent uptick of infections involving an omicron subvariant known as BA.2 which now accounts for about 35% of all positive COVID infections in the country.  “BA.2 is omicron... Read More

2022-03-23 13:26:43
by Kate Michael
Norton Joins Conservationists Calling to Legalize Swimming in the Potomac

WASHINGTON — In honor of World Water Day and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Clean... Read More

WASHINGTON — In honor of World Water Day and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Clean Water Act, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC, joined representatives from the Potomac Riverkeeper Network at The Wharf’s District Pier, where... Read More

2022-03-22 22:47:44
by Reece Nations
School Nutrition Advocates Urge Congress to Extend Pandemic Meal Waivers

ARLINGTON, Va. — School food directors and nutrition advocates are warning that without an extension to pandemic child nutrition waivers,... Read More

ARLINGTON, Va. — School food directors and nutrition advocates are warning that without an extension to pandemic child nutrition waivers, schools across the country will be forced to cancel or scale back meal services for local families. The waivers, which... Read More

2022-03-19 19:35:00
by TWN
CMS Decision to Limit Coverage of Alzheimer’s Treatment Takes Center Stage

WASHINGTON — A House panel scheduled to kick the tires on roughly 20 different health care-related bills on Thursday spent... Read More

WASHINGTON — A House panel scheduled to kick the tires on roughly 20 different health care-related bills on Thursday spent time considering the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to grant accelerated approval to the first disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s disease... Read More

2022-03-19 19:35:00
by TWN
Congressional Panel Takes Deep Dive Into Future of FDA’s Accelerated Approvals

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health panel Thursday spent the majority of their time considering the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health panel Thursday spent the majority of their time considering the future of the Food and Drug Administration's so-called Accelerated Approval Program. A number of the 20 different health care-related bills... Read More

2022-03-18 17:47:22
by Dan McCue
Senate Finance Committee Far From Consensus on Drug Price Solution

WASHINGTON — As the Senate Finance Committee waded into the hot-button topic of prescription drug prices on Wednesday two things... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the Senate Finance Committee waded into the hot-button topic of prescription drug prices on Wednesday two things were clear from the outset: everyone agrees something needs to be done to make drugs like insulin more affordable and... Read More

2022-03-17 13:53:13
by Alexa Hornbeck
VA Raises the Bar on Improving Veteran Health Services

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15 includes funds... Read More

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15 includes funds to modernize the VA infrastructure and allow registered nurses and physician assistants in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to... Read More

2022-03-16 22:48:10
by Alexa Hornbeck
Pfizer-BioNTech Seeks Emergency Authorization for Second Booster Shot for Elderly

Pfizer-BioNTech announced that they will seek emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a second booster shot for... Read More

Pfizer-BioNTech announced that they will seek emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a second booster shot for adults 65 and older.  The decision to submit an application to the FDA comes after real-world data sets from Israeli... Read More

2022-03-16 22:46:16
by Alexa Hornbeck
Audit Confirms New York Nursing Home Deaths Were Hidden From the Public

An audit released Tuesday from New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli confirms that nursing home deaths in the state of New York were... Read More

An audit released Tuesday from New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli confirms that nursing home deaths in the state of New York were hidden from the public during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the audit, the Department of Health... Read More

2022-03-16 22:44:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
Staffing Shortages and Clinician Mental Health Are Top Concerns for Patients and Providers

A report released this week from the Emergency Care Research Institute, a nonprofit organization that studies how to improve patient care, identifies... Read More

A report released this week from the Emergency Care Research Institute, a nonprofit organization that studies how to improve patient care, identifies 10 of the top patient safety concerns of 2022. There was one topic this year that was identified by patients... Read More

2022-03-16 22:42:01
by Alexa Hornbeck
MedPAC Report Recommends Physician Pay Freeze Should Remain

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on Medicare payments to health care providers and health plans, issued a... Read More

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on Medicare payments to health care providers and health plans, issued a report on Tuesday that recommends that Medicare should not make any changes to physician fee schedule payments for 2023.  According... Read More

2022-03-16 22:37:52
by Alexa Hornbeck
New York Council Members’ Resolve to Pass Fair Pay for Home Care Act 

Crystal Hudson, the New York City council member and chair of the Committee on Aging, and Mark Levine, the president of... Read More

Crystal Hudson, the New York City council member and chair of the Committee on Aging, and Mark Levine, the president of Manhattan Borough, held a press conference on Monday to introduce a resolution to pass the Fair Pay for Home Care... Read More

2022-03-16 22:35:07
by Alexa Hornbeck
University Offers Online Program for Enhancing Spiritual Growth of LGBTQIA+ Communities

Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, in collaboration with the Spiritual Life Center, kicked off a program this week... Read More

Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, in collaboration with the Spiritual Life Center, kicked off a program this week focused on enhancing spiritual growth of LGBTQIA+ leaders and communities.  The online program is a space where folks serving as... Read More

2022-03-16 22:31:11
by Alexa Hornbeck
Thousands of Inmates Released Under Public Health Emergency Credit Law

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey released a statement this week that on Sunday a total of 852 people were... Read More

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey released a statement this week that on Sunday a total of 852 people were released from New Jersey prisons and jails under the Public Health Emergency Credit Law. The New Jersey Department of Corrections... Read More

2022-03-16 22:28:24
by Alexa Hornbeck
PCORI Funds $71.5 Million for Research on Telehealth Use for Mental Health Conditions 

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a nonprofit authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund research for health care, announced that $71.5 million... Read More

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a nonprofit authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund research for health care, announced that $71.5 million will be given to fund 12 research studies focusing on the use of telehealth for mental health conditions and disorders.... Read More

2022-03-16 22:21:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
NIAID Begins Clinical Trial of HIV Experimental Vaccines Using mRNA Technology

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases began a phase one clinical trial this week to examine the use... Read More

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases began a phase one clinical trial this week to examine the use of mRNA technology for HIV.  To conduct the trial, NIAID researchers will evaluate three experimental HIV vaccines based on a... Read More

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