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Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Viewpoints: Murkowski Explains Her Opposition To Individual Mandate; Cost-Sharing Burdens

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

Perspectives: Orphan Drug Tax Credit Gives People With Rare Diseases Hope. GOP Plan Could Crush That

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.

Nursing Home Staff Did Everything Possible To Help Patients After Hurricane, Facility Tells Congress

The letter from Florida's Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which is tied to several deaths following Hurricane Irma, says that staff followed proper procedure in handling the crisis, but that they couldn't overcome the lack of power.

Alex Azar Is Just Latest In List Of People Tied To Industry Filling Trump’s Top Health Spots

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.

State Highlights: Ohio Lawmaker Offers Price Transparency Bill; Workers Fired Over Refusal To Get Flu Shot

Media outlets report on news from Ohio, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois and California.

Top Doctor At D.C. Public Hospital Is Fired After Alleging Mismanagement

Dr. Julian Craig, an internal medicine physician, appeared before the City Council's health committee and criticized the Veritas management company, saying it disregarded hospital programs designed to ensure patient safety. In other industry news, Medicare officials announce an expansion of a program to help rural hospitals, and a historic hospital in Massachusetts is hoping to merge with a larger...

Majority Of Iowa’s Medicaid Recipients Left With Only One Provider

But federal rules require states that contract out their Medicaid management to offer recipients more than one option.

Brexit Strains England’s Already-Hurting Health System As Doctors, Nurses Flee Back To Europe

Long before Brexit, the N.H.S. suffered from chronic staffing shortages, but recruiting nurses from the European Union had helped plug the gap. Now though, England faces a potential mass exodus of a good percentage of its health care workers.

New Drug-Resistant Strain Of Malaria Threatens To Upend Years Of Eradication Efforts

“It has a big potential to spread,” says Dr. Arjen M. Dondorp, deputy director of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok. “We should be very worried that other countries in Southeast Asia can be affected by this, and, of course, that it will reach Africa at some point.” In other public health news: stem cell treatments, breast cancer, transgender patients, Legionnair...

Simply Asking Patients If They Use Opioids Isn’t Enough. This Hospital Goes Further.

Screening alone doesn't do much for patients, experts say, but Christiana Care Health System in Delaware pairs patients with addiction counselors and gets them enrolled in community-based drug treatment program before they've even left the hospital.

First Edition: November 22, 2017

NOTE TO READERS: KHN's First Edition will not be published Nov. 23-24. Look for it again in your inbox Nov. 27. Here's today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.

This Thanksgiving, Carve Out Time For Lively Discourse On End-Of-Life Wishes

A vital tradition is gaining steam as more families use the holiday gathering to discuss and document advance-care plans.

Problems With Your Hospital Care? Speak Up!

If you’re in the hospital and aren’t happy with how they are treating you, here are some simple steps to improve your situation.

Got Food Allergies? Add Milk To The Worries For Your Meal

A new study by Fair Health finds that milk registered the highest average number of services and treatments per patient of any food allergy in 2016.

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Meanwhile, In Other Health News…

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News discuss some of the under-covered health stories of the past several weeks, including drug price issues, the opioid epidemic and women’s reproductive health.

Viewpoints: Rising Medicare Premiums Pinching Budgets; GOP Needs Alternative To Individual Mandate

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

State Highlights: Minn. AG Adds Cancer Claims To Lawsuit Against Post-It Maker; Mayo Clinic Posts Strong Third Quarter

Media outlets report on news from Minnesota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, California, D.C., Vermont and Ohio.

Mayor Acknowledges NYC’s ‘Troubling’ Lapses Over Public Housing Lead Inspections

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces he has appointed a chief compliance officer to oversee the lead testing process after it was discovered that the city had failed for years to do the required inspections.

Hot New Immunotherapy Field Continues To Deliver Promising Results

Scientists have genetically altered cells to attack more than one place on a cancer cell. “The idea that we could have one magic bullet is naïve,” says Dr. Crystal L. Mackall, the senior author of the study. In other public health news: the lucrative field of dermatology; using the bugs that are in our bodies; stillbirth; tobacco; weight loss and more.

Purity, Potency Of Illegal Drugs Have Reached New Levels, Worrying Health Officials

The problem is that users aren't expecting the higher strength drugs and are overdosing because of the increased potency of them. In other news on the crisis: addiction treatment, patients with chronic pain who desperately need opioids, an interview with the U.S. surgeon general, and opioid prescription practices.

Preliminary Report Finds Oregon Mismanaged $78M In Medicaid Funds

The report from the state Health Authority director says the figure comes from overpayments to some contractors and money it still owes other companies. In addition, he said budget and accounting problems kept the state from collecting $34 million that the Medicaid program is owed. Other Medicaid news comes from Kansas, Florida and Georgia.

Medicare Trust Fund Is Not Sustainable Long-Term, HHS Warns

The agency estimates that the ratio of workers paying taxes to beneficiaries eligible for Medicare will drop from 3:1 in 2016 to 2:1 by 2091, even as health care costs continue to rise.

VA Secretary Signals New Support For Privatized Care For Veterans

“The direction I’m taking this is to give veterans more choice in their care,” Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says. The issue is a hot-button topic for those involved in veterans' advocacy.

Massachusetts To Require Insurers Cover Contraception No Matter What Happens To Health Law

The Trump administration is starting to roll back mandates on contraception coverage, but Massachusetts moved to protect the requirement, which came about from the Affordable Care Act.

States That ‘Went All-In’ On Health Law Have Half As Many Uninsured As Those That Didn’t

The disparity can largely be explained by the expansion of Medicaid.

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