Why Are We Delaying Coverage Of New HIV Prevention?

At first glance, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) December 13, 2022, release of its draft updated recommendations for Prevention of HIV Infection: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a positive development in increasing access to PrEP and accordingly preventing transmission of HIV. However, belying progress in this space is the reality that private payers will … Read more

How has health spending changed over time?

This slideshow examines trends in U.S. health spending over time, including the share of household budgets devoted to health expenses and comparisons of out-of-pocket expenditures to money spent on insurance through 2021 The data shows that U.S. heath spending outpaced the country’s economic growth before slowing in recent years, and that health insurance represents a … Read more

The health care issues to watch for in Biden’s speech

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield noted Biden plans to tout bipartisan achievements from his past year in office while promoting his “unity agenda.”   Bedingfield pointed to two bills — one that expanded health care for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances, and another focused on mental health and gun safety … Read more

The COVID emergency is ending. Is vaccine outreach over too?

Stephen B. Thomas, the director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, considers himself an eternal optimist. When he reflects on the devastating pandemic that has been raging for the past three years, he chooses to focus less on what the world has lost and more on what it has gained: … Read more

Vitamin D Could Be Weapon Against Type 2 Diabetes

By Amy Norton  HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Vitamin D supplements are typically used to guard against bone loss and fractures, but new research offers up another possibility: For folks with pre-diabetes, they may help lower the chances of a full diabetes diagnosis. Across three clinical trials, investigators found that vitamin … Read more

Specialty Pharmacy Needs a Shake Up to Help the Chronically Ill

For anyone suffering from a debilitating or life-threatening disease, the experience of procuring specialty medications is like having a second job. You are your own advocate working in a draconian system that was developed as a business, not a care service. When you’re finally successful, after what can be weeks of delays, you’re met with … Read more