Modern Healthcare (7/17/2020): House bill would cut Medicare restrictions on home telemedicine - Industry groups including the American Telemedicine Association, the Alliance for Connected Care and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society have rallied around the proposal.
Politico (7/17/2020): RESUSCITATING THE DRUG PRICING DEBATE — Remember drug price bills? So 2019. But with the possibility of tacking measures onto future relief packages or spending bills, groups are rallying for their preferred legislation.
Politico (7/17/2020): CONGRESSIONAL MEDTECH CAUCUS 2.0 — Former House Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) on Thursday relaunched a caucus to advocate for policies that affect medical technology.
Politico (7/17/2020): LILLY CANCER DRUG WITHDRAWN — The FDA on Thursday revoked the application for Eli Lilly’s cancer drug Lartruvo after it won an accelerated approval but failed to show a survival benefit in a required follow-up trial. The drug brought in more than $300 million between 2016 and January 2019, when Lilly announced the follow-up trial failure, Zachary writes. Four months after that announcement, the company said it would pull Lartruvo, and then five months later Lilly sent a letter to the FDA requesting the withdrawal.
Politico (7/17/2020): HOSPITALS' RECOVERY PLANS CLASH WITH COVID INFECTIONS — Cash-strapped hospitals are sending emails and buying ads to coax patients back from Covid-19 lockdowns with plaintive reminders: Don't delay care.
Modern Healthcare (7/16/2020): Coronavirus outbreak: 3 areas CMS is eyeing to assess telemed expansion - Three considerations are driving CMS' review on which COVID-19 telemedicine flexibilities should be made permanent fixtures, according to agency Administrator Seema Verma.
Politico (7/16/2020): PANDEMIC-THEMED ADS BOOST GOP DRUG BILL — The Republican-aligned American Action Network is making a fresh push for drug pricing legislation in Congress, pouring $4 million into new ads tying House Republicans’ drug bill to the search for a coronavirus vaccine.
Modern Healthcare (7/15/2020): Health systems leverage marketing to get patients back through the door - Health systems are creating campaigns focused on encouraging patients to seek care, attempting to convince a scared public that a clinic or hospital isn’t a hotbed for the coronavirus.
Modern Healthcare (7/13/2020): HHS to send $3 billion to help more safety-net hospitals - HHS officials said the new distribution is being made because they realized some safety-net hospitals didn't meet the criteria for an earlier $10 billion distribution.
Modern Healthcare (7/13/2020): Some hospitals choose to continue providing elective procedures - Many hospitals and other providers are continuing to perform non-emergency procedures despite the fact that most states are once again seeing an increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
Axios (7/13/2020): New shortages of protective equipment - Health care workers faced severe shortages of face masks, gowns and other protective equipment at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and they're afraid it's happening again now, Axios' Bob Herman reports.