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The FDA is cracking down on the supplement industry, after Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, asked the makers of 12 different supplements to cease claiming their products cure various diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cancer, among others. Additionally, Gottlieb announced a new plan for policy advancements in an effort to modernize dietary supplement regulation and oversight.

Younger generations have different preferences when it comes to healthcare, with many rejecting some of the traditional aspects of care, according to a recent consumer survey from Accenture. These changing attitudes will help shape the future of healthcare as younger people age and have higher care needs.

Apple is working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make its Health Records on iPhone feature available to veterans, the company announced. Patients receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to view their aggregated health information on their iPhone in the Health app.

Healthcare spending per person rose to an all-time high in 2017 for those covered by employer-sponsored insurance, according to the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Average healthcare spending per individual rose 4.2 percent to $5,641, including medical and pharmacy claims.

Health insurance is big business, according to revenue reports from major players in the space. In fact, the five largest conglomerates in healthcare and pharmaceuticals are on track to outpace revenues of the five preeminent technology companies, according to Axios.

Medicare and Medicaid prices have grown at a slower pace than the private market, according to an analysis from the Urban Institute.

An internal review by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital uncovered 13 cases in which heart surgery patients were harmed by medical care from 2015 to 2018 but that went unreported until recently. Florida law requires such incidents to be reported within 15 days, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

HHS is addressing one of the biggest issues in healthcare: interoperability. The agency, through CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), has proposed new rules to support electronic health record (EHR) interoperability.

President Trump will sign an executive order as part of the American AI Initiative to drive both the development and the regulations of AI, according to a report by The New York Times.

Oregon lawmakers are “taking another pass” at universal healthcare for the residents of state, according to a new report by The Register Guard. If SB 770 is passed, it will create a committee that would “design, implement and run a state health insurance plan.” 

State and federal officials will be taking a more aggressive role in enforcing safety standards at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston. Additionally, authorities will conduct a comprehensive audit of the hospital to ensure compliance with federal standards, according to the Houston Chronicle. 

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will provide the list price of its prescription drugs in television advertisements starting in late March. The company will be the first manufacturer to take such a step, according to The New York Times.