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Thursday 18th September 2014

Expert Panel: End-Of-Life Care In U.S. Needs Improvement

The 21-member Institute of Medicine panel concluded in its new report that incentives exist within the health system that often run contrary to dying patients' wishes. More conversations and planning are among the recommendations.  The New York Times: Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care At End Of Life The country’s system for handling end-of-life care is largely brok...

Competition Among Health Exchange Plans Curbing Prices, Says Humana Exec

Also in the news, data from Connecticut's exchange shows who purchased new coverage and if they have used it, and more on the staggered launch planned for Maryland's online marketplace.   Reuters: Humana CEO Says New Competition Curbs Obamacare Plan Prices President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law will begin enrolling customers for 2015 benefits in mid-November. Now in i...

Unison nurses vote in favour of strike action over NHS pay

Nurses and other NHS workers in England have voted in favour of strike action over the government’s pay deal in a Unison ballot.

FTC Wary Of Growing Number Of Hospital Mergers

The agency is "raising a lonely but powerful voice" against the trend, The New York Times reports. Also in the news are reports about a big insurer and seven hospital groups creating a new health system in the Los Angeles area and the shift from doctors' offices to retail outlets for vaccinations. The New York Times: F.T.C. Wary Of Mergers By Hospitals As hospitals merge and buy up physician pract...

Medi-Cal Patients, Advocates Sue Calif. Over Application Wait

The lawsuit alleges that hundreds of thousands of people are going without health care as a result. Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Lawsuit Accuses Calif. of Denying Care to Medi-Cal Applicants California’s lingering backlog of Medi-Cal applications has left hundreds of thousands of people unable to access the health care they are entitled to receive, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by ...

After Health Stock Scandal, Lawmakers Plan Bill Regulating 'Political Intelligence'

Elsewhere, advocates for the Children's Health Insurance Program express optimism that the program will be renewed, and scrutiny of the VA continues. The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Plan To Introduce Bill Regulating 'Political Intelligence' Lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in the House on Thursday that would for the first time shed light on the political-intelligence industry. … A...

Census Shows Health Insurance Coverage Winners, Losers

Among the 25 biggest cities, uninsured rates last year ranged from almost 25 percent in Miami and 23 percent in Houston to just more than 4 percent in Boston and 7.5 percent in Pittsburgh, according to Census data. Politico Pro: Census Survey Shows Big Gaps In 2013 Uninsured Rates The government agency known for its impartiality is pointing out some winners and losers when it comes to health insur...

Virginia Lawmakers Expected To Return To Debate Over Medicaid Expansion

The topic will come up during a special session of the Virginia House of Delegates, which is dominated by Republican lawmakers who are on record opposing the approach. A poll released Wednesday, however, found the majority of Virginians support the expansion.    The Washington Post: Va. House Of Delegates Plans To Vote On Medicaid Expansion Republican leaders of Virginia’s Hou...

Viewpoints: Many Beneficiaries Of Health Law Don't Vote; Reboot For Healthcare.gov

The New Republic: The Strategy That Might Have Beaten Mitch McConnell For starters, my strong hunch from my own reporting in the region over the past couple years—including several trips to Kentucky for a new book on McConnell—is that the Democrats' biggest problem in Appalachia and the Upland South is not that the people who are benefitting from Obamacare or would stand to benefit fr...

States' Customized Efforts To Expand Medicaid Could Complicate Reform

Some conservative states have won concessions from the administration in exchange for moving forward on expansion, and other states are carefully weighing those choices. California Healthline: More States Are Exploring Alternative Medicaid Expansion Plans. What Does That Mean For Health Reform? Pennsylvania's now in. Indiana might be next. Is the tide turning on Medicaid expansion? Recent moves b...

State Highlights: L.A.'s New Mental Health Program; N.Y. Nurses Push For More Staff

A selection of health policy stories from California, North Carolina, New York and Texas. Los Angeles Times: Mental illness Program Could Transform L.A. County Justice System The $756,000 initiative marks one of the county's most significant attempts to find a better way to treat people who have mental illness and wind up in the criminal justice system by offering them transitional housing, medica...

Many See Health Law Coverage As Affordable, Survey Finds

That's most true among low-income consumers who receive subsidies to help pay their premiums, according to the Commonwealth Fund survey.   Marketplace: How Affordable Is The Affordable Care Act? A survey out on Thursday suggests many Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) find their coverage affordable. That’s particularly true for people w...

Health Law's Ripple Effects On Hospitals, Schools, Uninsured

The Kansas City Star reports that some uninsured patients fall through the cracks as hospitals cut back on charity care to persuade people to sign up for coverage. Some schools, meanwhile, are turning to private substitutes to avoid having to pay for their health coverage next year. In Colorado, Denver Health is back in the black, partly due to a dramatic decrease in uninsured patients. Kansa...

Longer Looks: Lithium In The Water; Controlling Cancer; Recovering From Brain Injury

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web. The New Yorker: Is It Possible To Control Cancer Without Killing It? There are many kinds of cancer, but treatments have typically combatted them in one way only: by attempting to destroy the cancerous cells. Surgery aims to remove the entire growth from the body; chemotherapy drugs are toxic to the cancer cells; radiatio...

Political Cartoon: 'Indestructible Deductible?'

Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Indestructible Deductible?" by John Deering. And here's today's health policy haiku: HOPING FOR A BETTER ENDING Care at end of life leaves much to be desired, says the IOM. -Anonymous  If you have a healt

Cubist Opening New International Headquarters in Zurich

With resistant bacterial infections resulting in an estimated 25,000 deaths in the European Union and 23,000 deaths in the United States annually, the issues of rising antibiotic resistance and the lack of treatment options have raised alarms with world leaders. As the call to action grows louder, Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc.Read more about Cub

Ryzodeg Offers Glycemic Control With Fewer Injections

Data presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) show that Ryzodeg (insulin degludec/insulin aspart) administered twice daily, provides successful glycemic control with fewer injections than a basal-bolus regimen. Ryzodeg is a combination of two distinct insulin analogues (insulin degludec and insulin aspart in the ratio of 70 and 30%), maki

BI, CureVac Collaboration on Next-Gen Lung Cancer Immunotherapy

Boehringer Ingelheim and CureVac jointly announce an exclusive global license and development collaboration. The new collaboration focuses on CureVac’s CV9202, a novel investigational therapeutic mRNA vaccine in early clinical development for the treatment of lung cancer.

UK Nurse Will Give Blood to Treat U.S. Ebola Patient

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Former nurse first to receive new ebola vaccine in trial

A former nurse has become the first healthy UK volunteer to receive a potential new ebola vaccine in a safety trial carried out by the University of Oxford.

Former nurse first to receive new ebola vaccine in UK trial

A former nurse has become the first healthy UK volunteer to receive a potential new ebola vaccine in a safety trial carried out by the University of Oxford.

Patients are overoptimistic about PCI

Experts agree that, compared with optimal medical therapy, percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) do not improve survival or risk of myocardial infarction in patients with stable coronary artery...

US plans to deploy 3000 army personnel to tackle Ebola in west Africa

The United States will deploy 3000 army personnel in a major effort to combat the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, President Barack Obama said on 16 September.“Faced with this outbreak, the world is...

Nursing charity seeks students for overseas scholarships

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust is calling on the “brightest and most dedicated” nursing and midwifery students to apply for travel grants worth up to £2,000.

Public health campaigns should focus globally on preventing dementia, report says

Researchers have published evidence to support calls for an enhanced public health effort to combat the global epidemic of dementia. The World Alzheimer Report 2014, commissioned by Alzheimer’s...


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