Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Is Health Care Spending Still The Hungry, Hungry Hippo?

Congress is trying to wrap up its work for the year, but unsettled questions remain about the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the fate of the individual mandate insurance requirement from the Affordable Care Act and other health issues. Meanwhile, outside Washington, major mergers are happening within the health care system and the federal government reports …

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Is Health Care Spending Still The Hungry, Hungry Hippo?

Congress is trying to wrap up its work for the year, but unsettled questions remain about the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the fate of the individual mandate insurance requirement from the Affordable Care Act and other health issues. Meanwhile, outside Washington, major mergers are happening within the health care system and the federal government reports …

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Viewpoints: CHIP On ‘Brink Of Elimination’; Trump’s Silence On Drug Prices; Tracing Opioids

A selection of opinions on health care from news outlets around the country. The New York Times: Please Save Kids’ Health CareNearly nine million children across the country receive health care services through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, enacted with bipartisan congressional support in 1997 to provide health care coverage for children from eligible families …

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Viewpoints: CHIP On ‘Brink Of Elimination’; Trump’s Silence On Drug Prices; Tracing Opioids

A selection of opinions on health care from news outlets around the country. The New York Times: Please Save Kids’ Health CareNearly nine million children across the country receive health care services through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, enacted with bipartisan congressional support in 1997 to provide health care coverage for children from eligible families …

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State Highlights: Mass. Hospital Tackles Patients’ Housing Struggles; N.Y. Woman Sues Doctor Saying He Talked On Phone During Surgery

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Boston Globe: Boston Medical Center Launches $6.5 Million Initiative To Help House PatientsBoston Medical Center is embarking on a significant new initiative to tackle one of its patients’ most daunting problems: a lack of stable housing. One in four …

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State Highlights: Mass. Hospital Tackles Patients’ Housing Struggles; N.Y. Woman Sues Doctor Saying He Talked On Phone During Surgery

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Boston Globe: Boston Medical Center Launches $6.5 Million Initiative To Help House PatientsBoston Medical Center is embarking on a significant new initiative to tackle one of its patients’ most daunting problems: a lack of stable housing. One in four …

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Research Roundup: Medicaid Expansion, Guns and Opioids

Here is a selection of news coverage of other recent research: Pediatrics: Spillover Effects Of Adult Medicaid Expansions On Children’s Use Of Preventive ServicesIn our study, we demonstrate that Medicaid expansions targeted at low-income adults are associated with increased receipt of recommended pediatric preventive care for their children. This finding reveals an important spillover effect …

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Research Roundup: Medicaid Expansion, Guns and Opioids

Here is a selection of news coverage of other recent research: Pediatrics: Spillover Effects Of Adult Medicaid Expansions On Children’s Use Of Preventive ServicesIn our study, we demonstrate that Medicaid expansions targeted at low-income adults are associated with increased receipt of recommended pediatric preventive care for their children. This finding reveals an important spillover effect …

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‘It Always Feels Like The Spanish Inquisition’: Putting Off Going To The Doctors Isn’t Just About Cost

Even doctors, who know when it’s necessary, procrastinate about seeking medical care. The Boston Globe looks at why we do this. In other public health news: gene editing, diabetes, marijuana, suicide, arsenic, smog and more. Boston Globe: Why Do So Many Of Us Avoid Going To The Doctor? Even Doctors.Most of us put off seeing …

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‘It Always Feels Like The Spanish Inquisition’: Putting Off Going To The Doctors Isn’t Just About Cost

Even doctors procrastinate about seeking medical care, even when they know it’s necessary. The Boston Globe looks at why we do this. In other public health news: gene editing, diabetes, marijuana, suicide, arsenic, smog and more. Boston Globe: Why Do So Many Of Us Avoid Going To The Doctor? Even Doctors.Most of us put off …

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Initiative In Ohio Encouraging Innovators To Think Outside The Box To Combat Opioid Crisis

The program is distributing millions of dollars to companies to develop solutions such as implants that could someday relieve pain without relying upon opioids and a medication that’s designed to use the body’s natural digestive process to prevent overdoses. Stat: Ohio Tech Fund Awards $10 Million To Develop New Ideas To Curb Opioid CrisisA recovery app, …

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Initiative In Ohio Encouraging Innovators To Think Outside The Box To Combat Opioid Crisis

The program is distributing millions of dollars to companies to develop solutions such as implants that could someday relieve pain without relying upon opioids and a medication that’s designed to use the body’s natural digestive process to prevent overdoses. Stat: Ohio Tech Fund Awards $10 Million To Develop New Ideas To Curb Opioid CrisisA recovery app, …

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The Lost Mothers: African American Women Share Stories Of Severe Maternal Complications

African American women disproportionately experience complications from pregnancy and child birth. ProPublica talks to 10 mothers about their experiences as part of an investigation into why it’s happening. ProPublica: Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications Of Pregnancy And Childbirth. Let’s Talk About It.About 700 to 900 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and …

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The Lost Mothers: African American Women Share Stories Of Severe Maternal Complications

African American women disproportionately experience complications from pregnancy and child birth. ProPublica talks to 10 mothers about their experiences as part of an investigation into why it’s happening. ProPublica: Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications Of Pregnancy And Childbirth. Let’s Talk About It.About 700 to 900 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and …

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Post-Sandy Hook Behavior Provides Unique Data On Link Between Gun Sales, Accidental Deaths

Researchers have always struggled with the correlation between deaths and the presence of guns in homes. But the 2012 tragedy — and the rush of sales that followed — allowed them an insight into the ramifications of more Americans owning guns. The Washington Post: Surge In Gun Sales After Sandy Hook Led To Spike In …

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Post-Sandy Hook Behavior Provides Unique Data On Link Between Gun Sales, Accidental Deaths

Researchers have always struggled with the correlation between deaths and the presence of guns in homes. But the 2012 tragedy — and the rush of sales that followed — allowed them an insight into the ramifications of more Americans owning guns. The Washington Post: Surge In Gun Sales After Sandy Hook Led To Spike In …

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Two Catholic Health Systems Reach Agreement On Merger

Dignity Health, headquartered in San Francisco, and Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Denver, have signed a merger agreement. The combined system will have 139 hospitals around the country. Modern Healthcare: Dignity And CHI Sign Definitive Agreement To MergeAfter more than a year of discussions, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives have signed a definitive agreement to merge. …

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Two Catholic Health Systems Reach Agreement On Merger

Dignity Health, headquartered in San Francisco, and Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Denver, have signed a merger agreement. The combined system will have 139 hospitals around the country. Modern Healthcare: Dignity And CHI Sign Definitive Agreement To MergeAfter more than a year of discussions, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives have signed a definitive agreement to merge. …

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Planned Parenthood’s Fetal Tissue Practices To Be Probed By Justice Department

The issue of the organization’s fetal tissue practices was thrust into the spotlight in 2015 when undercover videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing procurement of “intact” and partial fetuses in exchange for compensation for expenses. The Daily Beast: Justice Department Moves To Investigate Planned Parenthood’s Fetal Tissue PracticesThe Justice Department is taking steps …

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Senators Ask Leadership To Reverse Trump’s Decision To Slash Funding For Drug Discount Program

The group of lawmakers looking to save the 340B program is made up of both Democrats and Republicans. In other pharmaceutical news: an analysis shows that many drugmakers are behind on required post-marketing studies; the Supreme Court shows interest in taking up the product liability issue; Sage announces positive results from its depression drug trial; …

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First Edition: December 8, 2017

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: Challenges Abound For 26-Year-Olds Falling Off Parental Insurance CliffMarguerite Moniot felt frustrated and flummoxed, despite the many hours she spent in front of the computer this year reading consumer reviews of health insurance plans offered on the individual market in Virginia. Moniot was …

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Cities, Counties and Schools Sidestep FDA Canadian Drug Crackdown, Saving Millions

Schenectady County, N.Y., is on track to pay 20 percent less on prescription drugs for its employees this year than in 2003. Flagler County, Fla., expects to save nearly $200,000 in 2017 on brand-name medicines for its 800 workers, its total drug costs having fallen by 10 percent since last year. Kokomo, Ind., has found …

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