America’s health care system is at the root of every political question — from the coronavirus response and the economy to our national security. Without access to quality and affordable health care, Americans cannot succeed.
While then-candidate Donald Trump was mounting his historic presidential campaign in 2016, I was practicing medicine and caring for patients in central Pennsylvania, working in our nation’s broken health care system and fighting every day for my patients.
Four years later, much has changed — both in my own life and in our nation; and yet, health care remains the paramount issue in this election.
Now in Congress, I am proud to serve as one of the few policymakers who have navigated America’s health care system as a doctor, a patient, and a legislator. It is my privilege to work alongside President Donald Trump to deliver results for American patients.
In his first term, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden’s ’60 Minutes’ interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought ‘9/11 attack was 7/11 attack’ MORE has worked hard to lower prescription drug costs, expand Americans’ health care choices, and invest in lifesaving innovation for the 21st century. He signed landmark legislation including Right to Try and the childhood cancer-fighting STAR Act into law, offering hope to American patients and their families. The Trump administration also has undertaken unprecedented efforts to combat the drug crisis, as well as to support hurting families and Americans in recovery.
Republicans know that improving America’s health care system goes beyond repealing the less than-Affordable Care Act. It’s imperative that we enact solutions to protect Americans with preexisting conditions, lower health care costs, and affirm patients’ ability to make choices that work for them. To put it simply — if you like your doctor, you should be able to keep your doctor.
Health care is also a matter of national security. Especially as Americans continue to combat the coronavirus crisis, we must prevent future pandemics from reaching our shores. Now more than ever, American leaders must act to secure our supply chains — especially for medicines and other health care supplies, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) — and return the manufacturing of these items back to America and to our allies. Our nation can no longer allow the Chinese Communist Party to control Americans’ access to medical supplies.
As President Trump and Republicans in Congress stand up to China, protect Medicare, and safeguard seniors’ access to quality and affordable health care, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden’s ’60 Minutes’ interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought ‘9/11 attack was 7/11 attack’ MORE continues to embrace the radical left and its spiral toward socialized medicine.
Vice President Biden and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSix notable moments from Trump and Biden’s ’60
SIAL Paris, the world’s foremost food industry trade fair remains true to its mission: federate and guide the transformation of the sector’s companies on a global scale, despite the postponement of its physical edition to October 2022.
“It was important to share in a digital webinar the trendbook ‘SIAL Insights’ which was the culmination of large-scale studies performed in 2020 by our expert partners Kantar, Gira and ProtéinesXTC” said Nicolas Trentesaux, CEO of SIAL Global Network.
“The surveys were conducted with regard to the theme #Ownthechange, which resonates even more deeply today. The results are an important source of information for all those seeking to understand the challenges, trends and innovations that are shaping this period,” pursued Adeline Vancauwelaert, General Manager of SIAL Paris.
The studies show that food is becoming a statement: citizenship, involvement, and commitment are the by-words, and COVID-19 is catalyzing the trend.
73% of consumers have changed their eating habits over the last two years. 63% consider that the way they eat is a societal commitment, meaning choosing the world in which they want to live. 33% have reclaimed their power by adopting at least one major behavioral change or by boycotting certain brands or products. Their motivation? A healthier diet (70%), more local and seasonal food (53%), free of controversial ingredients (44%). The trend extends to stores, where healthy products are increasingly abundant, and to a lesser extent to restaurants, which are putting more emphasis on traceability, local and seasonal products, and shorter menus.
Regarding the food industry, pleasure and health are motors for innovation, with three major trends: back to basics, as local as possible, understated enjoyments.
The SIAL Innovation Awards 2020 shows the intention on the part of industrials to propose products that address the profound consumer desire for change. Out of 500 applications received, the jury awarded 17 prizes among 8 categories and 6 special prizes. The Grands Prix are:
Gold: BOCON (IT) for their frozen vegetable Gnocchi (70% vegetable) and combination of spices.
Silver: PATISSERIE DES FLANDRES (FR) for their Origine labeled Maroilles cheese flavoured mini waffles. A fresh product that only needs 5m in the oven for a quick snack or a cocktail party.
Bronze: TRIUMPH (FR) for Toogood Chewing Gum, a natural gum without aspartame that biodegrades in 3 months versus 5 years.
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In an effort to slow cost growth and improve health care quality, Medicare has in recent years developed a number of new ways to pay for and provide health care, and has been testing them through pilot programs in facilities and communities across the country. These test programs give heath care providers both financial incentives and new flexibility to change how they deliver care, with the goal of improving coordination and quality, reducing unnecessary or duplicative services, and focusing on outcomes important to patients and their families.
This report highlights and describes in detail seven innovative programs that represent a variety of approaches and span a wide range of Medicare services. In selecting these promising innovations, the authors examined the evidence of their effects on cost and quality-of-care. They also considered other implications, including effects on individuals’ access to care, and on patients’ and family caregivers’ experiences. The innovations are sorted into three groups based on evidence for their potential benefits.
In addition to describing these seven innovations, the report includes a discussion of each program’s results: its scope and scale, and its effects so far on cost and quality. The discussions review available evidence from Medicare as well as other government agencies and outside experts, covering specific dollar amount cost savings as well as quality measures, (e.g., hospitalizations, readmissions, emergency department visits), and other findings from patients and clinicians when available. The discussions consider potential benefits to consumers and to Medicare were any of these programs to be scaled up; they also identify potential negative effects and areas for potential improvement.
Transformation in health care takes time. However, with careful evaluation, development, and expansion of successful models, innovative Medicare payment and delivery models, like those reviewed here, have the potential to help control Medicare spending while improving the quality of care.
The seven innovations sorted into three groups based on evidence for potential benefits are as follows:
Group One: Innovations with demonstrated evidence of success that could yield broad benefits to both consumers and the Medicare program if expanded.
Innovation #1 – Independence at Home: Comprehensive In-Home Primary Care for People with High Needs
Independence at Home is testing whether providing comprehensive primary care services at home for individuals with very high health care needs leads to better health outcomes, improved patient and caregiver satisfaction, and lower Medicare costs. In theory, home-based care allows clinicians to provide coordinated, comprehensive care that reduces the risk for costly preventable hospital stays, readmissions, or emergency department visits.
Innovation #2 – Community-based Care Transitions Program: Partnerships between Community-Based Organizations and Hospitals to Improve Post-Hospital Transitions
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated this program with the goal of reducing hospital readmissions, which are often caused by factors beyond the walls of the hospital (e.g., medication errors or not receiving sufficient assistance with activities of daily living). This initiative, now completed, relied heavily on community-based organizations with experience connecting patients and family caregivers to community support services (e.g., Meals on Wheels, transportation). Most of the
With thousands of gyms across the country forced to close during the pandemic, there’s been an unprecedented opportunity for fitness companies pitching an at-home solution. This moment has propelled public companies like Peloton to stratospheric highs — its market cap is about to eclipse $40 billion — but it has also pushed venture capitalists toward plenty of deals in the fitness space.
Future launched with a bold sell for consumers: a $150 per month subscription app that virtually teamed users with a real-life fitness coach. Leaning on the health-tracking capabilities of the Apple Watch, the startup has been aiming to build a platform that teams motivation, accountability and fitness insights.
Close to 18 months after announcing a Series A led by Kleiner Perkins, the startup tells TechCrunch they’ve closed a $24 million Series B led by Trustbridge Partners, with Caffeinated Capital and Kleiner Perkins participating again.
Amid the at-home fitness boom, Future has seen major growth of its own. CEO Rishi Mandal says that the company’s growth rate has tripled in recent months as thousands of gyms closed their doors. He says shelter-in-place has merely accelerated an ongoing shift toward tech-forward fitness services that can help busy users find time during their day to exercise.
”The operating thesis of the company is that modern life is inherently crazy not just during pandemic times but in normal times,” Mandal says. “The idea of having a set routine is a complete fallacy.”
At $149 per month, Future isn’t aiming for mass market appeal the same way other digital fitness programs being produced by Peloton, Fitbit or Apple are. It seems to be more squarely aimed at users who could be a candidate for getting a personal trainer but might not be ready to make the investment or don’t need the guided instruction so much as they need general guidelines and some accountability.
As the startup closes on more funding, the team has big goals to expand its network. Mandal aims to have 1,000 coaches on the Future platform by this time next year. Reaching new scales could give the service a chance to tackle new challenges. Mandal sees opportunities for Future to expand its coaching services beyond fitness as it grows, “There’s a real opportunity to help people with all aspects of their health.”