Billionaire's moonshot is falling far short of the hype Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Robbins | STAT   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:49

The world's richest doctor had a very bold plan.

He'd assemble an unprecedented collaboration of companies, researchers, and doctors. Their mission: to vanquish cancer. By the year 2020, they'd build a working vaccine and test therapies in 20,000 patients. They would forever transform medicine.

Or so Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong vowed when he launched his audacious "Cancer MoonShot 2020" a year ago.

The supremely self-confident billionaire behind that vision has drawn attention at the highest levels: He's talked cancer research with Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, even the Pope. He's met with President Donald Trump at least twice since the election. Riding high on his pledge to win the war on cancer, Soon-Shiong is said to have pitched a role for himself as national health care czar in discussions with Trump's team.

But a STAT investigation of Soon-Shiong's cancer moonshot has found very little scientific progress.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:34
Obamacare sign ups sag under Trump administration Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 06 February 2017 19:23

Tami Luhby, in a February 3, 2017 CNN post, reports:

The pace of Obamacare sign-ups slowed in the final days of open enrollment last month, as the Trump administration repeatedly blasted the law and pulled ads reminding procrastinators of the January 31 deadline.

Some 9.2 million consumers selected a plan on the federal exchange,, which handles enrollment for 39 states. That's down from 9.6 million a year ago.

Only 376,000 people signed up in the last two weeks of enrollment, compared to nearly 700,000 who picked plans in the final week a year ago.

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Appellate Ruling Revives Lawsuit Over Horizon BCBS Breach Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 30 January 2017 20:12

Evan Sweeney reports in a Jan. 24, 2017 Fierce Healthcare post:

An appellate court ruling has breathed new life into a class-action lawsuit against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield over a healthcare data breach in 2013 that exposed more than 800,000 patient records.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated a district court's 2015 dismissal and remanded the case, arguing that although the four plaintiffs had not presented evidence that their information was used improperly, the fact that their personal information was stolen was enough to warrant a potential injury under federal law.

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