The Daily Scan

October 8, 2018

Last Updated: 1:00 PM EST

Research 

  • A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that despite concerns about the stability of the individual insurance market under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) raised in the past year, insurers saw better financial results in 2017 than they did in earlier years of the ACA, suggesting insurer performance was returning to levels before 2014, when new ACA insurance market rules took effect. While the market on average was stabilizing, recent policy changes have the potential to destabilize the individual market. KFF looked at recently released financial data for the first six months of 2018 to examine how the individual insurance market has responded to recent changes. These new data from 2018 offer further evidence that insurers in the individual market are regaining profitability, though the repeal of the individual mandate penalty as part of tax reform legislation and the likely proliferation of loosely-regulated short-term insurance plans cloud expectations for the future. (KFF.org)

 

  • A new report on medical device security—a collaborative effort between the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), KLAS, and provider organizations—aims to examine the current state of the medical device industry and identify best practices for improvement. 148 interviewed provider organizations shared how confident they feel in their medical device security strategies, the most common challenges they face, their perceptions of the security and transparency of major medical device manufacturers, and the best practices they leverage to overcome medical device security challenges. (KLASResearch.com)

Regulation

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a supplemental application for Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) on Frday, expanding the approved use of the vaccine to include women and men aged 27 through 45 years. Gardasil 9 prevents certain cancers and diseases caused by the nine HPV types covered by the vaccine. “Today’s approval represents an important opportunity to help prevent HPV-related diseases and cancers in a broader age range,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. ”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that HPV vaccination prior to becoming infected with the HPV types covered by the vaccine has the potential to prevent more than 90 percent of these cancers, or 31,200 cases every year, from ever developing.” According to the CDC, every year about 14 million Americans become infected with HPV; about 12,000 women are diagnosed with and about 4,000 women die from cervical cancer caused by certain HPV viruses. (FDA.gov)

Private Sector

  • UPMC today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new radiotherapy center in southern Italy that will become part of the world-renowned UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network when it opens to patients later this year. Located in Mirabella Eclano in the Campania region of Italy, the new center, named the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at Villa Maria, follows the model of the UPMC San Pietro FBF Advanced Radiotherapy Center in Rome, the first UPMC cancer center to open in Italy five years ago. The two Italian cancer centers join more than 60 others that are part of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network, one of the largest integrated cancer networks in the United States and one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. (UPMC.com)

 

 

 

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