The Health News USA January 28 2018

  • The Senate voted largely along party lines Wednesday to confirm a former Marylander as President Donald J. Trump’s head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Alex Azar, an Indianapolis man who grew up in Salisbury, will succeed Tom Price, a former congressman from Georgia who resigned last year following his use of private jets. The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Azar. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was the only Republican to vote against the nomination.
  • According to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma-related medical expenses are estimated to cost the U.S. health-care system $82 billion dollars a year. The analysis included spending on doctor’s office and hospital visits, missed work and school days, prescription medication, visits to the emergency room and deaths related to the chronic respiratory condition. Asthma-related deaths cost $29 billion per year while missed work and school days, combined, cost $3 billion per year.
  • Seventeen American and Canadian public health schools have signed a pledge saying they won’t work with or accept money from an anti-smoking group funded by a major player in the tobacco industry. The Foundation for a Smoke Free World launched in September with a commitment from Philip Morris International, a cigarette and tobacco company, to back it with approximately $80 million dollars annually over 12 years.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 28th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-azar-confirmed-20180124-story.html

The Senate voted largely along party lines Wednesday to confirm a former Marylander as President Donald J. Trump’s head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Alex Azar, an Indianapolis man who grew up in Salisbury, will succeed Tom Price, a former congressman from Georgia who resigned last year following his use of private jets.
The Senate voted fifty five to forty three to confirm Azar.

Azar, an outspoken critic of Obamacare, will take over the department at a time when the Trump administration has successfully unwound portions of the Affordable Care Act — including a requirement that everyone carry some form of insurance or face a tax penalty. That effort, however, has the potential to further destabilize health insurance markets, including in Maryland, and Azar will have a hand in addressing the impact. Azar worked most recently as the president of Lilly USA, the U.S. affiliate of drug giant Eli Lilly and Company. He was a deputy secretary of HHS under President George W. Bush.
….
A fifty-year-old Ivy League-educated lawyer, Azar says he has four main priorities for the health department: help curb the cost of prescription drugs; make health insurance more affordable and available; continue efforts to focus Medicare payments on quality; and confront the opioid addiction epidemic.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was the only Republican to vote against the nomination.

https://www.allergicliving.com/2018/01/23/asthmas-cost-to-u-s-health-care-system-rises-to-82-billion/

According to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma-related medical expenses are estimated to cost the U.S. health-care system eighty two billion dollars a year. The analysis included spending on doctor’s office and hospital visits, missed work and school days, prescription medication, visits to the emergency room and deaths related to the chronic respiratory condition.
….
Researchers used the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey – which gathers data about health-care use and coverage across the U.S. – and determined that roughly fifteen point four million people were treated for asthma between two thousand eight and two thousand thirteen, costing the economy eighty one point nine billion dollars. The average medical cost per asthma patient was three thousand two hundred sixty six dollars, of which one thousand eight hundred thirty dollars is for prescriptions, five hundred twenty nine dollars for hospitalizations, six hundred forty dollars for office visits, one hundred seventy six for hospital outpatient visits and one hundred five dollars for emergency room care.

Asthma-related deaths cost twenty nine billion dollars per year while missed work and school days, combined, cost three billion dollars per year. A larger proportion of people with asthma lived in poverty or near the poverty line. Americans with no health insurance had lower per person total medical expenses compared to those who were insured. Women and African-Americans were more likely to have asthma. The estimate of eighty two billion dollars is a significant increase from the past results of this survey, which had pegged overall asthma health-care costs at fifty six billion dollars for the period of two thousand two and two thousand seven.

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2018-01-25/university-officials-refuse-to-work-with-tobacco-tied-anti-smoking-group

Seventeen American and Canadian public health schools have signed a pledge saying they won’t work with or accept money from an anti-smoking group funded by a major player in the tobacco industry. The Foundation for a Smoke Free World launched in September with a commitment from Philip Morris International, a cigarette and tobacco company, to back it with approximately eighty million dollars annually over twelve years.

Philip Morris said in its September announcement: “The Foundation will fund research and encourage innovative measures to reduce the harm caused by smoking. It will evaluate the impact that smoke-free alternatives can have on smokers and public health, assess the effect of reduced cigarette consumption on the industry value chain, and measure overall progress towards a smoke-free world.”

Despite its mission, however, deans of the seventeen public health schools say they believe the foundation is too closely associated with an industry and a “company whose products have killed millions of people around the world.” Deans of public health schools tied to the following universities are signatories on the statement: University of Alberta, Canada; University of Colorado/Colorado State University/University of Northern Colorado; Florida International University; Harvard University; University of Illinois at Chicago; Indiana University;
Johns Hopkins University; University of Kentucky; Loma Linda University; University of Maryland; University of Minnesota; Ohio State University; Rutgers University; University of South Carolina; Tulane University; West Virginia University
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.