Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. Happy Friday! We have officially made it through the dog days of summer. (Fun fact: Apparently those are set dates and not just … a vague …

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Skilled Nursing Homes Set To Lose Medicaid Money Brace For Battle With Connecticut Over Slashed Funds

The Connecticut legislature passed a law this year that allows the state to reduce Medicaid money to nursing homes that don’t maintain at least a 70 percent occupancy level. The facilities that will be hit the hardest are hoping to challenge the cuts. Medicaid news comes out of Georgia and Colorado, as well.

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The Opioid Reckoning: It’s Rare To Hold Directors Liable For Corporate Conduct, But Sacklers May Prove To Be Exception

As court cases against Purdue Pharma progress, details continue to be revealed about the extent the Sackler family was involved in making decisions about the company’s strategy. In other news on the crisis: lawyers fight to give newborns suffering from opioid epidemic a voice in the upcoming legal battles; Ohio’s attorney general warns Endo and …

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There’s Little Incentive To Develop Antibiotics, But Does TB Drug’s Recent Success Story Herald New Model For Future?

In recent decades, pharmaceutical funding has been directed primarily toward drug research and development that will yield higher revenue, such as cancer drugs. But TB Alliance relied on donors from across the world to fund the development of its new tuberculosis antibiotic, and experts wonder if this is a path forward for new drugs. In …

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Addiction Clinics Market Pricey, Unproven Treatments To Desperate Patients

Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days. “He was reaching for things, and he was talking to Bill Gates and he was talking to somebody else I’m just certain he hasn’t met,” his mother, Cheryl, says. She remembers finding …

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Years Ago, This Doctor Linked A Mysterious Lung Disease To Vaping

Dr. John E. Parker was working at a West Virginia hospital in 2015 when a 31-year-old female patient was admitted with acute respiratory problems. A team of doctors ultimately suspected that her mysterious case of lipoid pneumonia might be related to vaping and weren’t sure they had seen anything like it before. They were intrigued …

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Readers And Tweeters Take Dialysis Providers To Task: Nowhere But In The USA

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. The Undue Strain Of Dialysis This is criminal, and the dialysis companies are not the only ones plundering the public (“Bill Of The Month: First Kidney Failure, Then A $540,842 …

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Dialysis Industry Spends Big To Protect Profits

The dialysis industry spent about $2.5 million in California on lobbying and campaign contributions in the first half of this year in its ongoing battle to thwart regulation, according to a California Healthline analysis of campaign finance reports filed with the state. Last year, dialysis companies poured a record-breaking $111 million into a campaign to …

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: All About Medicare

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie’s Stories Joanne Kenen Politico @JoanneKenen Read Joanne’s Stories Kimberly Leonard Washington Examiner @leonardkl Read Kimberly’s Stories Paige Winfield Cunningham The Washington Post @pw_cunningham Read Paige’s Stories Before “Medicare for All,” there was just Medicare, the very popular …

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