UnitedHealth To Exit California’s Obamacare Market

UnitedHealth Group Inc. is leaving California’s insurance exchange at the end of this year, state officials confirmed Tuesday. The nation’s largest health insurer announced in April it was dropping out of all but a handful of 34 health insurance marketplaces it participated in. But the company had not discussed its plans in California. UnitedHealth’s pullout …

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Viewpoints: Rising Premiums; Paying More After Mergers; VA Nurses

May 31 2016 full issue Viewpoints: Rising Premiums; Paying More After Mergers; VA Nurses A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Modern Healthcare: Avoiding The Death Spiral Obamacare’s enemies are gearing up to make rising health insurance premiums a major attack point during the coming election season. One of their talking …

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State Highlights: Conn. Group Homes Fail To Report Injuries; Maine’s Midwifery License Drive; Ariz. Reports Measles Cases

May 31 2016 full issue State Highlights: Conn. Group Homes Fail To Report Injuries; Maine’s Midwifery License Drive; Ariz. Reports Measles Cases Outlets report on health news from Connecticut, Maine, Arizona, Minnesota, California, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio and Florida. ProPublica: For Many of Connecticut’s Disabled, Home Is Where the Harm Is Group home workers are required …

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Organ Transplants Between HIV-Positive Patients Now Legal In California

May 31 2016 full issue Organ Transplants Between HIV-Positive Patients Now Legal In California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure lifting a ban on the procedure after state legislators fast-tracked legislation. The rush was prompted in part by the case of a man with HIV who needed to receive part of his HIV-positive husband’s liver …

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California Looks For Aid-In-Dying Lessons From Experiences Of Oregon, Washington

May 31 2016 full issue California Looks For Aid-In-Dying Lessons From Experiences Of Oregon, Washington As the June 9 start of California’s controversial law approaches, state officials can look to annual reports by public health departments in Oregon and Washington, where similar measures are already in effect. The San Jose Mercury News: End Of Life …

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When Responding To Negative Yelp Reviews, Some Doctors Reveal Patients’ Private Medical Information

May 31 2016 full issue When Responding To Negative Yelp Reviews, Some Doctors Reveal Patients’ Private Medical Information ProPublica has been granted access to Yelp’s trove of public reviews and finds that some providers may be violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when they refute negative reviews. The Washington Post/ProPublica: Doctors Fire Back …

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Death Threats And Subpoenas: How Congress’ Fetal Research Probe Turned A Tiny Company Upside Down

May 31 2016 full issue Death Threats And Subpoenas: How Congress’ Fetal Research Probe Turned A Tiny Company Upside Down StemExpress is a small biomedical company based in California, and its work with fetal tissue has catapulted it into the national spotlight. Meanwhile, the special congressional panel is drawing criticism from Democrats, who say Republican …

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Critics Slam Gilead For Halting Development Of Less-Toxic HIV Treatment

May 31 2016 full issue Critics Slam Gilead For Halting Development Of Less-Toxic HIV Treatment They say the company made the decision so that it could continue to reap patent-protected profits from its earlier version. Gilead denies the claims. Los Angeles Times: A Question Of Timing: A Lawsuit Claims Gilead Sciences Could Have Developed A …

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Justice Lawyers’ Quest Convinces 500 Hospitals To Settle Claims On Cardiac Implants

May 31 2016 full issue Justice Lawyers’ Quest Convinces 500 Hospitals To Settle Claims On Cardiac Implants The eight-year effort centered on allegations of false claims submitted to Medicare for inappropriately implanting the carioverter defibrillators. Also in the news: a look at for-profit hospitals, an Indian Health Service hospitals in South Dakota comes up with …

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Expert: Relax, There’s No Need To Panic Over Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug

May 31 2016 full issue Expert: Relax, There’s No Need To Panic Over Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Yohei Doi, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Pittsburgh, says that although it’s good to be careful, it’s not time to worry yet. In other public health news, cancer deaths saw an uptick during the recession, hidden heart …

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Day Care Infections May Mean Fewer Sick Days Later

Photo Credit Getty Images All three of my children started out in day care as infants, and the day care center was, in so many ways, at the center of our lives for years. The teachers taught us most of what we knew about young children (including, I am sorry to say, the difference between …

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California’s Glaring Shortage Of School Nurses

California falls significantly short of a new recommendation by an influential group of pediatricians calling for every school in the United States to have at least one nurse on site. Fifty-seven percent of California’s public school districts, with 1.2 million students, do not employ nurses, according to research from Sacramento State University’s School of Nursing. The …

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When Adult Children Get Sick, It May Be Hard For Parents To Get Information

When Sean Meyers was in a car accident on a November evening three years ago, he was flown by air ambulance to the emergency department at Inova Fairfax Hospital, in Northern Virginia. With his arm broken in four places, a busted knee and severe bruising to his upper body, Meyers, 29, was admitted to the …

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Overcoming the Shame of a Suicide Attempt

Photo Credit Jordin Isip I don’t remember much about the first time I tried to kill myself, 21 years ago, because any time the memory popped up I deleted it from my mind like an unflattering photo on Facebook. Despite being open and public about my second attempt, in 2006, which I revealed in a …

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Computer Vision Syndrome Affects Millions

Photo Credit Paul Rogers Joanne Reitano is a professor of history at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. She writes wonderful books about the history of the city and state, and has recently been spending many hours — sometimes all day — at her computer to revise her first book, “The Restless City.” …

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Viewpoints: Health Insurers Find Ways To Limit Patient Choice; The VA Empowers Nurses

May 27 2016 full issue Viewpoints: Health Insurers Find Ways To Limit Patient Choice; The VA Empowers Nurses A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. USA Today: Health Insurers Find Back Door To Limit Choice Lost in the noise of political posturing over health care, there’s one widely accepted principle: the …

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Research Roundup: Preventive Care; End-Of-Life Discussions; Wellness Programs

May 27 2016 full issue Research Roundup: Preventive Care; End-Of-Life Discussions; Wellness Programs Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. The National Bureau of Economic Research: The Impact Of Health Insurance On Preventive Care And Health Behaviors: Evidence From The 2014 ACA Medicaid Expansions One goal of the …

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State Highlights: Medical Malpractice Case On Fla. High Court’s List; Iowa Treatment Center Sues Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield

May 27 2016 full issue State Highlights: Medical Malpractice Case On Fla. High Court’s List; Iowa Treatment Center Sues Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield Outlets report on health news from Florida, Iowa, New York, California, New Hampshire, Arizona, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and Ohio. Health News Florida: Supreme Court Ready To Hear Medical Malpractice, Other …

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Mass. Leaders Join Forces To Prevent Ballot Initiative On Hospital Prices

May 27 2016 full issue Mass. Leaders Join Forces To Prevent Ballot Initiative On Hospital Prices News outlets also report on other hospital developments in Massachusetts, Colorado, Florida and Texas. WBUR: Deal Would Take Controversial Hospital Pricing Question Off Ballot It was to be a game of high stakes politics with hundreds of millions of …

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At Trial For Ala. House Speaker, Medicaid Officials Say They Opposed Bill Aiding His Client

May 27 2016 full issue At Trial For Ala. House Speaker, Medicaid Officials Say They Opposed Bill Aiding His Client The officials said they were never consulted about the measure, which would have set criteria for a pharmacy benefit manager for the Medicaid program. AL.com: Hubbard Case: Alabama Medicaid Officials Opposed Language Benefitting Speaker’s Client …

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Doctor Pushes For Trauma-Associated Sleep Disorder Diagnosis To Be Accepted

May 27 2016 full issue Doctor Pushes For Trauma-Associated Sleep Disorder Diagnosis To Be Accepted Col. Vincent Mysliwiec proposes a set of conditions that present in veterans when they’re sleeping be recognized as its own diagnosis. Huffington Post: Combat Dreams Haunting Veterans Could Be A New Disorder A 39-year-old man with no significant medical history …

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