Is the HIF-PHI class of next-generation kidney drugs doomed in the US?

Is the HIF-PHI class of next-generation kidney drugs doomed in the US?

The FDA’s recent complete response letter (CRL) for vadadustat — an oral therapy evaluated for the treatment of anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) — was a big surprise and disappointment for our community. The trials had quite convincingly demonstrated efficacy as measured by raising hemoglobin levels and safety as measured by major … Read more

Virtual mental health increasingly important for younger and Hispanic populations, data shows

Virtual mental health increasingly important for younger and Hispanic populations, data shows

The Covid-19 pandemic created a massive shift to virtual health and the need for convenient and affordable care, with 62% of consumers saying they are either very or somewhat likely to use a virtual visit if they don’t need a physician examination, according to a new CVS Health’s 2022 Health Care Insights Study. The survey … Read more

Biopharma has a brand new target: Cancer-specific collagen

Biopharma has a brand new target: Cancer-specific collagen

Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have published new findings about how pancreatic cancer cells grow and protect themselves. The research, published Thursday in Cancer Cellreveals that cancer cells make their own unique form of collagen. The collagen that cancer cells produce is fundamentally different from normal collagen made in the … Read more

Study: Seniors prefer in-home care, but most are unaware of options available

Study: Seniors prefer in-home care, but most are unaware of options available

Here’s more evidence that the healthcare system needs to further expand the capability of delivering care at home. A new survey found that a majority of people aged 50 or above would prefer to remain in their current home in the future. However, many are unaware of in-home programs like PACE, a Medicare and Medicaid … Read more

Analysis: Amazon-One Medical deal puts $ 4B spotlight on primary care convenience, but does not threaten health systems

Analysis: Amazon-One Medical deal puts $ 4B spotlight on primary care convenience, but does not threaten health systems

On Thursday, retail and tech giant Amazon made its next move into healthcare, announcing an agreement to acquire primary care provider One Medical in a deal valued at about $ 3.9 billion. Experts say the deal will help Amazon diversify its healthcare division, signaling that the company has entered the sector for the long haul. … Read more

DOJ charges dozens for $ 1.2B in telemedicine fraud scheme

DOJ charges dozens for $ 1.2B in telemedicine fraud scheme

The Department of Justice has charged 36 telemedicine providers and executives across the country, as well as medical equipment companies, for participating in a fraud scheme that involved ordering unnecessary genetic testing in exchange for illegal kickbacks. The charges involve some of the first cases in the country involving fraudulent cardiovascular genetic testing, a “burgeoning … Read more

Addressing America’s mental health crisis – especially in rural areas – starts by making care more accessible

Addressing America’s mental health crisis – especially in rural areas – starts by making care more accessible

After more than two years of lockdowns and social restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent escalation of gun violence, there’s a significant spotlight on mental health in the United States. The state of mental health has been labeled a crisis by the mainstream media and top political figures, and the data backs … Read more

5 steps to defining your healthcare mobile app business goals

5 steps to defining your healthcare mobile app business goals

The last two years forced millions of people to engage with their healthcare provider digitally for the first time: telehealth use, for example, has increased 38x since pre-pandemic. Today, many healthcare organizations recognize the potential for digital solutions like mobile apps to improve care delivery and transform the patient experience. But there’s a lot of … Read more

4 things health systems must do to thrive amid economic uncertainty

4 things health systems must do to thrive amid economic uncertainty

The pandemic has had an undeniable and powerful impact on the healthcare industry – from boosting innovation to shifting profit pools to exacerbating the burnout crisis. In order for providers to thrive in healthcare’s new landscape, they will have to prioritize agility and new business building, according to research released Tuesday by McKinsey & Co. … Read more

Morgan Health’s $ 30M investment in Centivo to power alternative health plan focused on VBC

Morgan Health’s $ 30M investment in Centivo to power alternative health plan focused on VBC

Morgan Health, a JPMorgan Chase business unit, has made a $ 30 million investment in Centivo, a health plan for self-funded employers, as part of an extended Series B-1 financing. With this investment, announced Tuesday, Buffalo, NY-based Centivo has raised $ 148 million in total. The company has 11 other investors, including B Capital Group, … Read more