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Beltway Buzz: September 2016

We’re back with another edition of Beltway Buzz straight from our nation’s capital! This month we took a field trip to the Newseum for an event hosted by The Hill, a political newspaper published in DC, entitled Access to Care: A Discussion on Healthcare Disparities and Innovation. Sponsored by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, the event was moderated by The Hill Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack, Publisher Johanna Derlega and writer Peter Sullivan. The Challenge Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health & Director of the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlighted that 80% of healthcare issues stem from six chronic illnesses: heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, respiratory diseases and oral conditions. These illnesses contribute significantly to increased rates of disability and financial distress, which form the foundation of our country’s health disparities. The Heckler Report (also known as The Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black & Minority Health) has helped to identify and elevate the issues in provider-patient communication. For example, research found lower rates of referrals for specific minorities and difficulty with clinical trial recruitment. Mary McGowan, CE, WomenHeart explained that clinical trialContinue Reading

February 10, 2016

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Beltway Buzz: January/ February 2016

The White House is shooting for the moon again, although this time, we’re talking the lofty goal of finding a cure for cancer, not getting to the literal moon. A big goal, indeed! Among the ranks of the presidential hopefuls, the buzz from health care-focused conversations is at low volume, but everyone has something to say on a few important topics, namely the ever-present conversations on drug pricing. It’s shaping up to be an exciting year out there as the candidates turn up the heat on their quest for the White House. Here’s to hoping the best man, or woman!, wins. May the odds be ever in your favor… Presidential Update: As the 2016 presidential race heats up, candidates have been bringing their A-game in an attempt to secure their party’s nomination. Here’s the latest in healthcare news from the campaign trail: Clinton Stands Up For Caregivers: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced her plans in January to increase funding dedicated to Alzheimer’s and autism research. Clinton hopes to enact measures that will improve screening and provide access to better treatment and employment options for those affected by autism and to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. So that’sContinue Reading