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Are The FDA’s New Definitions And Labeling Requirements Good For Us, Or Just Empty Calories?

The FDA's updated Nutrition Facts labels correct an information imbalance by providing consumers with otherwise unavailable data and allowing them to better assess their choices. The benefits of the agency acting to define and redefine words like “natural” and “healthy” are less clear.

What Is The Private Sector Doing To Help Fight Zika?

Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, is quoted in this post as saying that everyone—"leaders in both the public and private sectors"—must ensure that "we mount a robust and comprehensive response" to the Zika virus here in the United States.

June 23, 2016 | Global Health, GrantWatch, Public Health

Health Spending Growth: Still Facing A Triangle Of Painful Choices

The recent downward rate of growth in health spending is good news, but even these record low levels are not sustainable in the long run without sacrifices that will cause extreme pain across the political-economic spectrum.

Four Ways To Address The Ethical Tensions Around Expedited Approval Of New Prescription Drugs

The FDA and Congress have established several programs that allow new drug approval based on less evidence, so that patients and their physicians have faster access. However, expedited development and regulatory approval pathways for prescription drugs at FDA present ethical and policy dilemmas.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Help Reduce Opioid-Related Death Rates

A new study, released as a Web First by Health Affairs, found that implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs was associated with the prevention of one opioid-related overdose death every two hours on average nationwide.

Common Law And Common Sense: The Supreme Court Redresses Patient Harm Under the False Claims Act

In Universal Health Services Co. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that failing to disclose non-compliance with a statutory, regulatory, or contractual requirement could render a claim false or fraudulent.

The House Republicans’ Health Plan

The basic goal of the newly released House GOP health reform plan is to ensure all Americans have access to affordable health insurance and high quality health care services, but without as much reliance on federal control and regulation as the ACA.

Zika, Flint, And The Uncertainties Of Emergency Preparedness

Ongoing Congressional debates concerning the spreading Zika virus provide the latest reminder about our national uncertainties in preparing for large-scale health emergencies. The revised 2016 release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index reveals that preparedness is improving...

Let’s Stop Making Excuses For Egregious Medical Errors

We know how to eliminate medical errors, says the leader of a foundation in Pennsylvania. We just haven't shown the courage and conviction to do it.

HHS Targets Young Adults In Efforts To Improve Marketplace Risk Pool

On June 21, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services released a fact sheet reporting on yet another series of efforts to strengthen and improve the sustainability of the Affordable Care Act marketplace risk pools, this time focusing on young adults.