Too Few Patients Follow The Adage: You Better Shop Around

Despite having more financial “skin in the game” than ever, many consumers don’t make any attempt to compare prices for health care services, a newly released study found. In a survey of nearly 3,000 adults younger than 65, about half of the roughly 1,900 who said they spent money on medical care in the previous …

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Viewpoints: Californians Need Safe Water; A Simple Way To Save People From Overdosing

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Los Angeles Times: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Californians Lack Access To Safe Drinking Water. Let’s Fix That Once And For AllCalifornia’s wet winter eased the immediate water shortages that affected most of the state, giving lawmakers and water agencies a bit of a breather …

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Perspectives On Health Reform: Trump Should Help The Health Law; GOP Isn’t Living Up To Its Obamacare Promises

Opinion writers offer their thoughts on the issues facing the health law. The Washington Post: Trump Needs To Stop Sabotaging Obamacare — Before It’s Too LateYet the administration has stoked more uncertainty than it has allayed, leaving the health system in peril. The White House has been deciding month-to-month whether to keep important subsidy payments …

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Research Roundup: Labor Force Participation After The ACA; Childhood Firearm Injuries

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. Health Affairs: Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Realized Price Savings For Durable Medical Equipment PurchasesIn 2011 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a competitive bidding program to reduce spending on durable medical equipment and similar items. Previously, CMS had …

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State Highlights: Conn. Medical Society Gets Impatient, Starts Own Health Information Exchange; Mo. Families Struggle With Home-Care Cuts

Media outlets report on news from Connecticut, Missouri, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Tennessee. The CT Mirror: While Waiting For A State Health-Records Exchange, Medical Society Launches OneFrustrated that after 10 years of effort the state of Connecticut has yet to launch a functioning health information exchange (HIE) allowing physicians, …

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Colorado Hospital President Resigns After Managing Transition To New Owner

News outlets look at hospital news across the country, including an analysis of how Tianqiao Chen’s purchase of a large stake in Community Health Systems could affect that large chain. Denver Post: Longmont United Hospital President Resigns As Part Of Centura Health TransitionThe president and CEO of Longmont United Hospital is resigning, having completed a …

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Large Mass. Health Care System Drops Out Of Networks Being Planned For Medicaid

UMass Memorial Health Care said it will continue to care for MassHealth patients but it won’t join in the accountable care organizations being formed as the state revamps Medicaid. Meanwhile, a California health care system is moving some of its Medicaid patients to clinics instead, and Utah formally submits a request to the federal government …

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Trump Signs Law To Aid WWII Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

The legislation was advanced through Congress by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider denied disability benefits for those who claimed the testing caused health problems. The Associated Press: Trump Signs Bill To Help Vets Exposed To Mustard GasWorld War II veterans exposed to mustard gas by the military …

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Guns Account For Higher Suicides Rates In Rural Areas Over Urban Ones, Study Finds

Suicides-by-firearm are 66 percent higher in thinly populated counties than in urban counties. There is little regional disparity in non-firearm suicide rates. In related news, experts target teens in suicide prevention efforts while the California prison system reports an increase in suicide attempts among women inmates. The New York Times: Guns Play Oversize Role In …

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‘DNA Surgery’: Scientists Try Gene Editing In Human Embryos

NPR goes inside the lab that is working on embryonic research. In other public health news today are developments related to HIV, tuberculosis, Alzheimer’s, maternal mortality and nicotine addiction. NPR: A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human EmbryosHuman eggs are the key starting point for the groundbreaking experiments underway …

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Post-Surgical Patients Are Rarely The Ones Who Start Long-Term Opioid Use

Its more common for those who receive their first prescription for back pain or “other ill-defined conditions” to go on to use painkillers for six months or more, according to new research. In other news related to the national epidemic, the Cherokee Nation asks a judge to allow its lawsuit against opioid distributors and retailers …

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Women of Sex Tech, Unite

Women of Sex Tech, Unite By ANNA NORTH August 18, 2017 From left, MacKenzie Green, Polly Rodriguez, and Sabina Mamedova at a meeting for Unbound, a subscriber-based sex toy company in New York. By ANNA NORTH August 18, 2017 For Janet Lieberman, making sex toys started as a bit of a joke. In 2013, she was living in Brooklyn …

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Walnuts for Weight Loss?

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR August 18, 2017 A handful of walnuts may be an effective weight loss tool. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other substances and, in moderation, have been linked to reduced risk of obesity and diabetes. They may also efficiently reduce appetite. Researchers now may have found out why. They had nine hospitalized …

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Opioid Crisis Strains Foster Care System; Programs Aim To Keep Kids With Mom

After Raven Mosser gave birth six years ago, she woke up to a social worker in her hospital room. Her newborn son had been born exposed to opioids — drugs she had been abusing for years. If she didn’t get clean, she was at risk of losing him. Mosser, 26, is one face of the …

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Medicare Unveils ‘Skeletal’ Site For Hospice Comparison Shopping

Medicare launched a website aimed at helping families choose a hospice — but experts say it doesn’t help very much. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week released Hospice Compare, a consumer-focused website that lets families compare up to three hospice agencies at a time, among 3,876 nationwide. Following similar websites for hospitals …

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Married to a Mystery Man

August 18, 2017 Modern Love By KERRY EGAN On the drive from the Calgary airport to the hotel for our honeymoon, my new husband casually mentioned that he would need to find a criminal defense attorney when we got home. “I’ll probably just plead no contest to rioting,” Alex said as we sped by the …

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Gun Sellers Join Forces To Curb Suicide-By-Firearm, Rampant In Rural Areas

John Yule, 53, manages Wildlife Sport Outfitters, a hunting and fishing supplies store on the edge of Manchester, N.H., and is “deeply involved in the Second Amendment community.” But six years ago, while listening to a public radio story, Yule heard about a way he could tackle a familiar problem — the high rates of …

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