FDA Authorizes Marketing of the New Dexcom G6® CGM Eliminating Need for Fingerstick Blood Testing for People with Diabetes | Business Wire

This seems like good news. Whether it will be available for lower income people through medicare/medicaid would mean a lot to help them monitor their glucose levels.

FDA Authorizes Marketing of the New Dexcom G6® CGM Eliminating Need for Fingerstick Blood Testing for People with Diabetes
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Medicine affordability recommendations made for the U.S

From the Consumer Health Digest

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has issued a 235-page report on Making Medicines Affordable: A National Imperative. The report includes 14 findings about the complexity of the biopharmaceutical marketplace, 18 findings about factors influencing affordability of prescription drugs, and these eight recommendations (each accompanied by suggested actions):

  • Accelerate the market entry and use of safe and effective generics as well as biosimilars, and foster competition to ensure the continued affordability and availability of these products.
  • Consolidate and apply government purchasing power, strengthen formulary design, and improve drug valuation methods. This includes modifying existing legislation to allow the Dept. of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices for Medicare and other programs (p. 127).
  • Assure greater transparency of financial flows and profit margins in the biopharmaceutical supply chain.
  • Promote the adoption of industry codes of conduct, and discourage direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs as well as direct financial incentives for patients.
  • Modify insurance benefits designed to mitigate prescription drug cost burdens for patients.
  • Eliminate misapplication of funds and inefficiencies in federal discount programs that are intended to aid vulnerable populations.
  • Ensure that financial incentives for the prevention and treatment of rare diseases are not extended to widely sold drugs.
  • Increase available information and implement reimbursement incentives to more closely align clinicians’ prescribing practices with treatment value.

Pages 52 and 53 cover Medicare drug price negotiation in detail. Pages 96 to 98 discuss drug reimportation. The full report can be read online or downloaded free of charge by registered users of the Academy’s site.

Full Universal Healthcare Study Released for I1600 – San Juan Islander

While this new full study shows many benefits to getting I1600 voted into law, I looked at their reporting to the State, detailing their funding. They have yet to break $100k for a campaign that will likely need at least $700k to succeed. To be clear, I have been helping get signatures to get this on the ballot, but have grave doubts that this reach the ballot, let alone get enacted into law. It does seem like a well thought out plan. One of the things that is troubling though is that the State appears to have significantly reduced reimbursements to pediatricians over the a couple of years (now supposedly restored back to where it was). This has caused at least one major pediatrician to have closed his doors in Aberdeen (article referred to here on the News). The State *must* do better than this! Driving doctors out of business seems to be the way that our legislators want to see the future unfold, especially Republicans since they were responsible for the drop in reimbursements and the Democrats restored the cuts. I was also shown an ad yesterday for a Physician Assistant up north of Seattle, and they were being told in the ad that they were going to have to expect to see 32 patients a day! Let’s be clear, that is not a way to get better healthcare!

Whole Washington, a grassroots group dedicated to getting universal healthcare passed in Washington state, has just published the complete funding study performed by Dr. Gerald Friedman (Economist, University of Massachusetts, Amherst). This historic funding study demonstrates Washington State will save billions of dollars annually by passing a universal healthcare system.


Wash. Health Care Price-Fix Suit Survives Dismissal Bid- Law 360

Looks like it’s a go to go after what was called Harrison and is now part of CHI Franciscan.

Law360 (March 13, 2018, 4:43 PM EDT) — A Washington federal judge on Monday refused to kill a suit accusing a pair of health care providers of engaging in anti-competitive deals, saying the state has plausibly alleged services agreements between them amount to a horizontal price-fixing agreement.

CHI Franciscan Health and The Doctors Clinic had asked the court to dismiss the case, arguing that the Washington state attorney general’s office had failed to adequately allege their 2016 agreements to share ancillary services amounted to an arrangement that “facially appears to be one that would…(Subscription needed to view entire story)



OMC recognized as top rural, community hospital – Sequim Gazette

Congratulations to OMC.

For the second year in a row, The Chartis Center for Rural Health recognized Olympic Medical Center one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States.

Olympic Medical scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on a hospital strength index assessed by iVantage Health Analytics. OMC officials say the index is the hospital industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance, and its results are the basis for many of rural health care’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.

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Senior Lobby Day in Olympia 2/22

From the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
Are you planning to go to Senior Lobby Day in Olympia, Thursday, February 22? If you haven’t made your reservation yet, please RSVP immediately.
Email govrelations@psara.org or call the PSARA office, 206-448-9646. If you need a ride or you can provide rides, please let us know.


Senior Lobby Day is our chance to speak with our elected representatives in Olympia about PSARA’s legislative goals. With Democrats now in control of both chambers of the legislature, this will be our best chance in years to promote PSARA’s progressive agenda.


The day will start at 8:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast at United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Avenue SE, Olympia. A box lunch will also be provided at 11:30 a.m. Speakers, including PSARA lobbyist Pam Crone, will discuss legislative issues.


All PSARA members are also invited to meet with State House Speaker Frank Chopp at 1:30 p.m.


This event is FREE for all PSARA members.


Our elected officials need to hear your stories! RSVP for Senior Lobby Day today.