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Monday 22nd October 2018

Marketplace Subsidies May Be Option In 2020 For Plans Without Blanket Benefits

The new guidance allows states to ask for waivers from provisions in the Affordable Care Act governing not only subsidies, but also the benefits insurers must offer in all their plans.

Viewpoints: Prescription Pads Need To Also Include Advising Patients To Vote; Lessons On Navigating Health Care

Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others.

Parsing Policy: Suboptimal Care Could Stem From Medicare Fee Changes; GOP’s Big Tax Cuts Spell Bad News For Health Care

Editorial pages weigh in on these health policies and others.

State Highlights: Massachusetts Is Flush With Mental Health Providers, But Many People Still Struggle To Find Help; Public Comment Period For Va. Work Requirements To Conclude Saturday

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, Virginia, Utah, Texas, Ohio, New Hampshire, Texas, California and Michigan.

USC Reaches $215 Million Settlement With Patients Of Campus Gynecologist Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Women who received health services from the University of Southern California's longtime campus gynecologist George Tyndall will be eligible to receive $2,500, according to the university. Those who provide details on their experiences under his care could receive up to $250,000 more.

Any Kind Of Exercise Can Help With Mental Health, But Playing Team Sports Can Amplify That Boost

"If you just run on a treadmill for example, it's clear that you're getting that biological stimulation. But perhaps there are other elements of depression that you're not going to be tapping into," said Adam Chekroud, one of the study's authors. In other public health news: memory, the polio-like illness that's striking children, suicide, loneliness in HIV patients, and more.

CDC Launches Ambitious Initiative To Kick-Start Nation’s Stalled Progress Against Cardiovascular Death Rate

With the campaign, CDC hopes to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2022. The campaign would focus on small steps Americans can take to cut their risk factors, such as exercising the recommended amount and giving up smoking. Meanwhile, New York City wants to tackle Americans' sugar addiction.

St. Luke’s Hires New Cardiac Surgeons As It Works To Overhaul Troubled Houston Heart Transplant Program

After losing its Medicare certification, the transplant center had temporarily suspended its program in June in order to review the deaths of patients following heart transplants. In a statement, the hospital said it will continue to make improvements in the program. The original director, Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, is still on staff and the hospital declined to describe his current duties.

Head of IBM Watson Health To Depart Following Three Years At Helm Of Initiative That’s Failed To Live Up To Hype

The initiative's software was supposed to help suggest treatment options for cancer, but the program has stumbled in the past few years as it tries to integrate into the health system. Deborah DiSanzo will be succeeded by John Kelly, the senior vice president for Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, who will step into DiSanzo’s role in an acting capacity.

VA Urged To Reconsider Stance Against Expanded Benefits For Vets Exposed To Agent Orange, Burn Pits

Veterans' advocates have long been trying to get the VA to provide coverage for the negative effects experienced by soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Now Congress has joined the push. The health impact from burn pits is also getting attention, but is a more recent issue so scientific studies are still being done.

Women Are Miscarrying After Employers Deny Their Light Duty Requests Even With Notes From Doctors

And it's completely legal for the employers to do so. Under federal law, companies don’t necessarily have to adjust pregnant women’s jobs, even when lighter work is available and their doctors send letters urging a reprieve. The New York Times investigates the issue that's affected women across the country. News on women's health also focuses on fertility rates, abortion, and ovarian cancer.

Primary Care Doctors ‘Not Doing Enough’ To Curb STDs

As rates of sexually transmitted diseases surge, public health officials want physicians to step up screening and treatment of patients.

Politicians Hop Aboard ‘Medicare-For-All’ Train, Destination Unknown

Candidates are charging toward midterm elections on a platform of single-payer and universal coverage rhetoric. Yet “Medicare-for-all” and single-payer mean different things to different people.

Friday 19th October 2018

Facebook Live: What About Those Sky-High Air Ambulance Costs?

This Facebook Live discussion explores an aspect of the health care cost continuum that often flies below the radar.

Viewpoints: The Future Of Entitlements? Listen To What The GOP Is Really Saying; Prices In Pharma Ads Would Mislead Patients

Editorial pages weigh in on these health topics and others

Perspectives: Health Care Sabotage; Patient-Centered Cancer Research; And Quality Nursing Home Care

Editorial writers focus on these health topics and others.

State Highlights: CVS-Aetna Deal Raises Concerns With New York Regulators; Texas Ordered To Hire More State Workers To Oversee Foster Kids

Media outlets report on news from New York, Texas, Georgia, Delaware, Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Energy Department Officials Making Shift To A Top Adviser Spot At Veterans’ Affairs

John Mashburn has previously served as the policy director of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Report Suggests Hospitals Could Save $25.4 Billion By Improving Their Supply Chain Operations

Modern Healthcare reports on a new analysis that finds the highest-performing hospitals focus on ways to standardize the use of "physician-preference" items and medications that produce clinically equivalent outcomes at a lower cost.

Nearly 100 More Women Sue USC With Accusations Of Sexual Abuse By University’s Longtime Gynecologist

With the additions, the number of women now suing the University of Southern California with allegations against Dr. George Tyndall rises to over 400. Meanwhile, a respected research hospital in New York says it knew about allegations of child sexual misconduct against one of its pediatric doctors.

FTC Files Complaints Against Two Stem Cell Clinics Offering ‘Miracle’ Treatments For Autism, Parkinson’s

This is the first time the agency has cracked down on clinics saying, “There are no human clinical studies in the scientific literature showing that amniotic stem cell therapy cures, treats, or mitigates diseases or health conditions in humans." In other public health news: cyborgs, whole-genome sequencing, a mysterious illness in children, Ebola, equality, sunlight and more.

Cancer Treatment Can Often Come Too Late, But What If You Could Get Ahead Of The Disease?

A new study, called Project Baseline, is trying to pinpoint the transition from normal health to disease. Researchers hope that the project could lead to the identification of new markers in the blood, stool or urine of healthy people that help predict cancer, cardiovascular disease and other leading killers of Americans. In other news, why don't all cancer-linked mutations in cells turn into tumo...

Novartis Plans To Pay $2.1 Billion For U.S. Company Developing New Prostate Cancer Treatment

With the purchase, the Swiss company is adding to its arsenal of radiopharmaceuticals, a new group of drugs designed to more closely target cancer cells.

Judge Orders Ohio Cities Suing Purdue Over Opioid Crisis To Come Up With Proof Of Specific Harm Done

The court has ordered that four Ohio cities and counties must identify 500 medically unnecessary prescriptions and 300 residents who became addicted or were harmed from opioid prescriptions. Meanwhile, the chair of a FDA panel is speaking out against his concern over the panel's recommendation for a powerful opioid.

First Edition: October 19, 2018

It’s bad enough that a patient has a health emergency so dire that it requires a helicopter ride to make it to the hospital in time. But then comes the bill. Tune in to the next KHN Facebook Live – Friday, Oct. 19 at 12:30 p.m. – when KHN senior editor Diane Webber outlines the factors that allow air ambulance costs to be so high.

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