Volume IV, Issue 4

Jan. 23, 2017
Trump Signs Executive Order To 'Ease The Burdens Of Obamacare'
In a January 20, 2017 post by Jordan Fabian and Peter Sullivan at TheHill.com:

President Trump on Friday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to "ease the burden of ObamaCare." Trump signed the order in front of reporters at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, one of his first official acts as president.

According to the authors:

The order did not direct any specific actions, instead giving broad authority to the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies to take actions available to them under the law to ease regulatory requirements from ObamaCare. It pushes agencies to target provisions that impose a "fiscal burden" on a state or a "cost" or "regulatory burden" on individuals or businesses.

It is not clear what practical effects will come from the order. But the move could eat away at the law's individual mandate by granting more exemptions to people so they do not have to purchase insurance.

Republicans have also said they want to loosen the rules around ObamaCare's requirements on what healthcare services an insurance plan must cover.
Congressional action will be needed to make most major changes to the law.
Civil War Over Opioids    
In a STAT Special Report by Bob Tedeschi on January 17, 2017:

Two years after the United States saw a record 27,000 deaths involving prescription opioid medications and heroin, doctors and regulators are sharply restricting access to drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin. But as the pendulum swings in the other direction, many patients who genuinely need drugs to manage their pain say they are being left behind.

Doctors can't agree on how to help them.

"There's a civil war in the pain community," said Dr. Daniel B. Carr, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. "One group believes the primary goal of pain treatment is curtailing opioid prescribing. The other group looks at the disability, the human suffering, the expense of chronic pain."
New Startup Combines Direct Primary Care and Technology  
Selena Larson reports in a CNN post dated January 17, 2017:

Founded by former Googler and AI pioneer Adrian Aoun, Forward is designed to be a primary care facility, including services for women's health. It has four doctors in-house and will refer patients who need further care to an outside network.

The company has the Silicon Valley ethos of using software to solve problems, and it's got Valley hotshots involved. Early Uber product lead Ilya Abyzov is Forward's co-founder, and its first doctor, Aaliya Yaqub, helped build Facebook's onsite clinic.

A lot of Americans have been looking to the federal government in Washington, D.C. for solutions to the health industry's woes. This story reminds us that innovation and creativity usually comes from the private sector.



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