Running Short On Time, Covered California And Insurers Seek Obamacare Answers From GOP

With a deadline looming, California’s health exchange and a major insurer pressed Republican leaders in Washington to clear up confusion over their commitment to key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Health insurers participating in the Covered California exchange for individuals and families must submit initial rates for 2018 on Monday. Peter Lee, the exchange’s …

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Viewpoints: Effectiveness Should Guide Doctors’ Prescribing; Climate Change And Medicine

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Stat: Drug Effectiveness Should Influence What Doctors PrescribePhysicians and payers have called for more outcomes-based drug pricing arrangements. These tie reimbursements to innovation and the value the drug provides, such as how well a drug reduces hemoglobin A1c (a measure of blood sugar) among …

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Perspectives On Obamacare’s Resilliance, The Insurance Market And Access To Care

Editorial writers review the goings on in Washington regarding health policy and the GOP’s repeal-and-replace effort as well as other issues in the health system. RealClear Health: ACA Favorability Stays Positive As Trump Nears 100th Day In OfficeWith an increase of nearly 10 points in public approval polls over the past year, the Affordable Care …

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Research Roundup: Price Transparency; Cost Of Not Expanding Medicaid; Coverage In Rural Areas

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. JAMA Internal Medicine: Effect Of A Price Transparency Intervention In The Electronic Health Record On Clinician Ordering Of Inpatient Laboratory TestsQuestion: Does increasing price transparency for inpatient laboratory tests in the electronic health record at the time of order entry influence …

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State Highlights: Texas Lawmakers Take Aim At Insurers And Drug Coverage Practices; Fla. House Poised To Approve Trauma Center Deregulation Bill

Media outlets report on news from Texas, Florida, Minnesota, California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Maryland. Houston Chronicle: Lawmakers Take Aim At Insurance Plan Changes To Patients’ MedicationsHealth insurers are under pressure from Texas legislators to halt a practice that allows them to change the terms of coverage for prescription drugs with a pair of bills in …

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Buyouts Offered To 1,600 Brigham and Women’s Hospital Workers To Control Costs

The move to reduce 9 percent of the prestigious teaching facility’s workforce signals that few health institutions are immune from the current climate of economic uncertainty. Meanwhile, other hospital news is reported out of California, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Colorado and Wisconsin. Boston Globe: Brigham Hospital Offers Voluntary Buyouts To 1,600 WorkersBrigham and Women’s Hospital, one …

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Bones From 3D Printers And Other Developments Bring Us Step Closer To Making Sci-Fi A Reality

Bloomberg looks at companies pushing the boundaries of medical development, and what that means for the future of diseases. In other public health news: calorie counts, peer reviews, police and mental illness, infertility treatments and more. Bloomberg: We’re Getting Closer To Mass Production Of Bones, Organs, And ImplantsMedical researchers have been able to create certain …

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Biotech Firm Sees Option For Home Addiction Treatment Similar To Giving Insulin For Diabetes

Brady Granier, the CEO of California-based BioCorRx, says that he hopes to develop a low-dose, injectable-form of naltrexone that uses a small needle so that people could administer it at home. Also, another company, Aware Recovery Care, is providing in-home addiction therapy in some areas of the country. Stat: Company Hopes To Make Addiction Treatment …

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Key Florida Lawmaker Says State, Federal Cuts To Medicaid Will Reach $650 Million

But state Sen. Anitere Flores says the effect on hospitals may be mitigated by other federal funding that is expected. News outlets also report on Medicaid news in Wisconsin, Mississippi and Minnesota. Tampa Bay Times: Florida Medicaid Cuts Will Hit $650 Million, Senate Chair Says As part of a broad budget deal, House and Senate leaders …

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Trump Issues Order To Protect VA Whistleblowers, But Some Say Changes Are ‘All Hot Air’

The president says the new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection will make clear “that we will never, ever tolerate substandard care for our great veterans.” Some in Veterans Affairs are worried thought that it will simply be more failed bureaucracy. USA Today: VA Whistle-Blowers Leery Of Donald Trump Order Creating Accountability Office To Protect …

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Trump’s FDA Pick, Scott Gottlieb, Clears Committee And Heads To Full Senate Vote

Democrats have voiced concerns about Gottlieb’s ties to the industry, but the nominee has had a fairly smooth confirmation process thus far. The Washington Post: Trump Nominee To Head FDA Clears Key Panel, Moves To Full Senate For VoteThe Senate health committee voted 14-9 Thursday to approve physician Scott Gottlieb to be the next commissioner …

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An Older Dad, Down for the Count

April 28, 2017 By ROBERT MARKOWITZ Raven, one of DC Comics’ Teen Titans, the statuesque daughter of a demon, killed her father in order to purge herself of evil. My own 5-foot-8 teenager, Kate, showed me this vintage issue in mid-December. Raven’s dad was red-hued with horns and fangs, but he went down hard after …

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First Edition: April 28, 2017

Apr 28 2017 Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: ‘Center Of Excellence’ Designation Doesn’t Rule Out Complications Of Bariatric SurgeryMichelle Andrews reports: “Getting bariatric surgery at a “center of excellence” doesn’t mean that patients can be assured that they will avoid serious complications from the weight-loss procedure at the …

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California Proposes Stringent Cap On Toxic Chemical In Drinking Water

California regulators are proposing a strict limit on a toxic man-made chemical that has contaminated water supplies throughout the state, particularly in its vast agricultural heartland. California would be only the second state, after Hawaii, to establish a threshold for the former pesticide ingredient and industrial solvent known as TCP (1,2,3-trichloropropane) in drinking water. The …

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Try This At Home: Program Brings Drug Addiction Treatment To Patients

https://kaiserhealthnews.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/20170417_atc_home-based_drug_treatment_program_costs_less_and_works.mp3Can’t see the audio player? Click here to download. Hannah Berkowitz is 20 years old. When she was a senior in high school, her life flew off the rails. She was abusing drugs. She was suicidal. She moved into a therapeutic boarding school to get sober, but she could stay sober only while she was …

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‘Center Of Excellence’ Designation Doesn’t Rule Out Complications Of Bariatric Surgery

Getting bariatric surgery at a “center of excellence” doesn’t mean that patients can be assured that they will avoid serious complications from the weight-loss procedure at the facility, according to a recent study. Even though facilities that have been accredited as centers of excellence must all meet minimum standards, including performing at least 125 bariatric …

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Diabetes Tied to Brain Abnormalities

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR April 27, 2017 Diabetes may be bad for the brain, especially if you are overweight. Researchers studied 50 overweight and 50 normal weight people in the early stages of Type 2 diabetes. All had been given a diagnosis within the previous five years. They compared both groups with 50 healthy control subjects. The scientists …

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2 Health Care Issues Collide On Capitol Hill And The Result Is Confusion

https://kaiserhealthnews.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/bur7068906250.mp3 Can’t see the audio player? Click here to download. Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, was interviewed on Here & Now by WBUR’s Robin Young Thursday. They discussed changes approved by Republican conservatives for the House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act — which would give states the option to loosen provisions in the health …

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What Are Electrolytes and Why Do We Need Them?

You know you’re supposed to replenish your electrolytes after a killer sweat session, with sips like coconut water and sports drinks. But what are electrolytes, exactly? And why do our bodies need them? This new video from the American Chemical Society breaks down the science behind the crucial salts (yep, they’re salts). In a nutshell: Once electrolytes (think calcium, potassium, magnesium, …

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