August 2016 news from The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation.

Tming the Zika Threat
JKTG Foundation sponsors reporter briefing on Zika 

This month, the JKTG Foundation sponsored a Health Affairs/Alliance for Health Reform briefing for reporters at the National Press Club on the Zika Virus: Control, Monitoring and Prevention.
NIH's Dr. Anthony Fauci provided an update on the state-of-play of the Zika virus in the U.S. With Zika evolving, there is tremendous focus to develop diagnostic tests that more accurately identify Zika infections.  Currently, if someone has similar antibodies such as dengue, the test for Zika comes back positive yet they may not have the Zika virus.  Also at issue is critical funding to support vaccines already in development.  HHS has provided funds to continue vaccine efforts through a second phase, but beyond that congressional action is needed to fully fund America’s Zika response.
A panel representing federal, state and local officials discussed details of how the response will be coordinated and where resources are needed.  Local public health officials and state leaders are doing what they can with already limited budgets.  “Too often, we are robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Watch a replay of the briefing on our YouTube page.

In Case You Missed It

Healthy Debate
Catch up on the JKTG weekly blog, Healthy Debate.  This month included discussions on the FDA ignoring drug costs, CMS using budget neutrality as license to steal and more.  Read all about it at Healthy Debate.

Congress Bypasses Balance of Power on Health Laws
In a recent court case, counsel representing Medicare had an alarming take on the ability of providers or other parties to formally question Medicare policy or seek recourse through court.  In short, that option does not exist.  The legal term is "preclusion" and when written into laws, such as the ACA or MACRA, many policymakers - and their legal counterparts - believe that there can be no review.  Read the transcript that brings this alarming provision to light. 

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