Viewpoints: Paul Ryan And High Risk Pools; Why Is Congress Delaying Zika Funding?

Apr 29 2016 full issue Viewpoints: Paul Ryan And High Risk Pools; Why Is Congress Delaying Zika Funding? A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Los Angeles Times: Paul Ryan’s Idea To Cover Preexisting Conditions Via High-Risk Pools Is A Scam. Here’s Why. In yet another attempt to show that Republicans …

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Research Roundup: New Medicare Doc Pay; Workplace Violence; Insurers’ Losses

Apr 29 2016 full issue Research Roundup: New Medicare Doc Pay; Workplace Violence; Insurers’ Losses Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. Health Affairs: Medicare’s New Physician Payment System MACRA creates a payment system for physicians that will accelerate Medicare’s transition from fee-for-service to payment based on performance …

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State Highlights: Calif. Nurses’ Union Reaches Tentative Deal With Stanford Hospitals; In S.D., Tribe Sues Feds For Closing Reservation’s Only E.R.

Apr 29 2016 full issue State Highlights: Calif. Nurses’ Union Reaches Tentative Deal With Stanford Hospitals; In S.D., Tribe Sues Feds For Closing Reservation’s Only E.R. News outlets report on health issues in California, South Dakota, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio and Washington. The San Jose Mercury News: Nurses, Stanford Hospitals, Reach Tentative …

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Severity Of Damage From Zika Far Worse Than Seen With Textbook Microcephaly Cases

Apr 29 2016 full issue Severity Of Damage From Zika Far Worse Than Seen With Textbook Microcephaly Cases Experts have begun calling the constellation of maladies linked to the virus Congenital Zika Syndrome, because they go far beyond what happens with babies who just have microcephaly. In other virus news, the first test for Zika …

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Gilead Reports 17 Percent Earnings Drop Due To Slow Hep C Drug Sales

Apr 29 2016 full issue Gilead Reports 17 Percent Earnings Drop Due To Slow Hep C Drug Sales Gilead Sciences’ steeper discounts and rebates on Harvoni are hitting the drugmaker’s bottom line. And in other pharmaceutical news, The Wall Street Journal reports on upheaval at Valeant. The Associated Press: Gilead 1Q Profit Tumbles On Slower …

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Colorado Voters Will Consider Ballot Measure To Set Up Public Health Care For All

Apr 29 2016 full issue Colorado Voters Will Consider Ballot Measure To Set Up Public Health Care For All The ballot issue in November asks voters if they want to establish at taxpayer-financed public health system that guarantees coverage for everyone at an estimated cost of $38 billion a year. Also in health law news …

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Raising a Child With Grit Can Mean Letting Her Quit

Photo Credit Photo Angela DuckworthCredit The rule at the “grit” expert Angela Duckworth’s house? You can quit. But you can’t quit on a hard day. Few parents who pick up Angela Duckworth’s book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” will be thinking about raising a quitter. But Dr. Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology …

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FAQ: Medicare Lays Out Plans For Changing Doctors’ Pay

Federal officials have unveiled their roadmap to a revamped Medicare physician payment system designed to reward doctors and other clinicians for the quality of care delivered, rather than the quantity. The proposed regulation would replace a patchwork of programs that now govern physician payments in Medicaid. It would allow doctors to choose from a new …

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HHS Acts To Help More Ex-Inmates Get Medicaid

Administration officials moved Thursday to improve low Medicaid enrollment for emerging prisoners, urging states to start signups before release and expand eligibility to thousands of former inmates in halfway houses near the end of their sentences. Health coverage for ex-inmates “is critical to our goal of reducing recidivism and promoting the public health,” said Richard …

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Even As Birth Rates Fall, Teens Say They Are Getting Less Sex Education

Teenage girls are catching up to teenage boys in one way that does no one any good: lack of sex education, according to a recent report. The proportion of teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19 who were taught about birth control methods declined from 70 to 60 percent over two time periods, from …

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Pregnant Women In Houston And Their Doctors Weigh Risks Of Zika

As summer approaches, anxiety about Zika is growing in states like Florida and Texas. The virus hasn’t spread to mosquitoes along the Gulf Coast, and it may not, but experts are preparing nonetheless. And because Zika can cause birth defects in newborns, many women — and their doctors — are nervous. In the waiting room …

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Do Children in France Have a Healthier Relationship With Alcohol?

Photo Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times The Italian Senator Dario Stefàno proposed a bill last month that would require schools in Italy to teach one hour of wine culture a week to students starting at age 6. Mr. Stefàno clarified that the intention was to teach children about the cultural importance of wine in …

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Longer Looks: Madness, The Robot Revolution And Traumatic Births

Apr 28 2016 full issue Longer Looks: Madness, The Robot Revolution And Traumatic Births Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web. The New Yorker: Madness Shortly after Harriet Krzykowski began working at the Dade Correctional Institution, in Florida, an inmate whispered to her, “You know they starve us, right?” It …

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Viewpoints: Finding Profits With Obamacare; Entitlement Reform And The 2016 Election

Apr 28 2016 full issue Viewpoints: Finding Profits With Obamacare; Entitlement Reform And The 2016 Election A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Los Angeles Times: Healthcare Shocker: These Insurers Are Making Money On Obamacare The pending departure of the big insurance company UnitedHealth from most of the Affordable Care Act …

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