Healthcare Roundup—ProMedica launches Healthy Aging Institute following HCR ManorCare merger

Nonprofit health system ProMedica announced the launch of its new ProMedica Health Aging Institute. (Getty/Tom Merton)

Toledo-based ProMedica launches Healthy Aging Institute

Nonprofit health system ProMedica announced the launch of its new ProMedica Health Aging Institute, an organization aimed at leveraging the strengths of its health system with its recently acquired HCR ManorCare senior living division.

The goal of the institute will be to focus on three areas:

  • identifying new health and wellness models that promote healthy aging at all life stages
  • preparing the next generation of leaders and clinicians to support all aspects of senior health and well-being
  • Advocating for industry reform and leading a redesign in health care for seniors across the wellness spectrum

In July, Promedica completed the $3.3 billion acquisition of HCR Manorcare in a joint venture deal with Welltower. (Release)

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Mount Sinai and USC researchers develop prostate cancer prediction tool  

A team of researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California have developed an artificial intelligence tool that can distinguish between low- and high-risk prostate cancer with more precision.

Described in a paper published in Scientific Reports, the tool—a machine-learning framework—identify treatment options for prostate cancer patients. Standard methods use to assess prostate cancer risk are multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI), which detects prostate lesions, and the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System, version 2, a five-point scoring system that classifies lesions found on the mpMRI.  

“By rigorously and systematically combining machine learning with radiomics, our goal is to provide radiologists and clinical personnel with a sound prediction tool that can eventually translate to more effective and personalized patient care,” said Gaurav Pandey, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and senior corresponding author of the publication in a statement. (Release)

Texas AG wants to block coverage protections for abortion, transgender care in ACA 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and leaders in seven other states asked a federal judge to permanently roll back discrimination protections for abortion and transgender care in the Affordable Care Act. 

These protections haven’t been enforced for more than two years, but the officials say they should be eliminated. Judge Reed O'Connor—the same judge that declared the ACA unconstitutional in December—put enforcement on hold in 2016 after the federal government requested an opportunity to revisit how it defines sex in relation to discrimination. 

“The federal government has no right to force Texans to pay for surgical procedures intended to change a person’s sex,” Paxton said. (The Dallas Morning News

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