Is this the new healthcare czar? Patrick Soon-Siong, MD, aka “the world’s richest doctor” is reportedly in talks with the Trump administration about a possible role in fashioning the replace part of the “repeal and replace” plan for Obamacare. Dylan Scott has the story for STAT.
HHS nominee Tom Price can expect another grilling at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee today. (CNN) MedPage Today’s Shannon Firth will be reporting from the hearing.
CDC cancels February conference on climate change and health, no reason given. (Washington Post)
Aetna’s $37-billion takeover of Humana hit another roadblock, in the form of a federal judge. (Bloomberg)
Newsweek examines the prospects for a universal flu vaccine.
Good luck with that: Andy Slavitt, who was running the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services until last Friday, now hopes to assemble a bipartisan coalition to preserve Obamacare. (Politico)
Eight people in Illinois and Wisconsin came down with Seoul virus (a type of hantavirus) infections, apparently contracted from their pet rats. (CNN)
Big Pharma, stung by President Trump’s criticism of high drug prices, is counterattacking with a series of TV ads aimed at bolstering the industry’s image. (Reuters)
“Welcome to the penalty box”: the reality of failing to meet meaningful-use requirements. (Niran Al-Agba, MD, at KevinMD.com)
The Federal Trade Commission isn’t done trying to call someone to account for alleged pay-for-delay deals — it filed new complaints in the case of Watson Laboratories and Impax, saying they made improper deals with Endo to delay launching two painkiller products, while reaching a settlement separately with Endo.
Florida voters aren’t getting what they expected when they approved a referendum in November that ostensibly broadened access to medical marijuana. (Bradenton Herald)
STAT reports on how hospitals are trying to train their emergency docs to keep opioids as last-resort treatments.
“Monday Morning MD” David Chao muses on the role of injuries in the New England Patriots’ past successes, and what is shaping up to be a relatively healthy Super Bowl match up.
Health News Review laments a “lost opportunity” to educate consumers about telomeres and their connection to aging.
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