Molina Healthcare, A Top Obamacare Insurer, Investigates Breach Of Patients’ Data

Molina Healthcare, a major insurer in Medicaid and state exchanges across the country, has shut down its online patient portal as it investigates a potential data breach that may have exposed sensitive medical information. The company said Friday that it closed the online portal for medical claims and other customer information while it examined a …

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A Busy Week For Health: Budget Cuts, CBO Scores And Mitch McConnell’s Cryptic Signal

https://kaiserhealthnews.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/052617_khn_hoth.mp3 It was a hectic week for people who follow news about health politics. Kaiser Health News’ veteran reporters Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Rovner sat down to discuss some of the major developments. MARY AGNES CAREY: Hello, and thanks for joining us. I’m Mary Agnes Carey, partnerships editor and a senior correspondent for Kaiser …

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Carrie Underwood Has Learned to 'Cut Myself Slack' When It Comes to Working Out: 'I Fit It in When I Can'

This article originally appeared on People.com.  Before having her son 2-year-old son Isaiah, Carrie Underwood would work out six or seven days a week, but she doesn’t put pressure on herself to maintain such an intense workout schedule anymore. “It just happens if and when it happens,” Underwood, 34, told PEOPLE of her new approach to …

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Viewpoints: Taking Stock Of Genetic Privacy; What About Those Medical Misfits?

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The New England Journal Of Medicine: Undermining Genetic Privacy? Employee Wellness Programs And The LawGenetic information is becoming ubiquitous in research and medicine. The cost of genetic analysis continues to fall, and its medical and personal value continues to grow. Anticipating this age of …

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Perspectives On The Trump Budget: Examining The Charged Language Used To Respond To It; And What Does That Budget Say About Trump And His Voters?

Opinion writers take on a variety of fiscal issues advanced by President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, including how it treats Medicaid and Social Security’s disability program. The Washington Post: Trump’s Budget Gives Us Plenty To Criticize, But Let’S Not Go OverboardThere is plenty to criticize, or even be outraged by, in the 2018 budget unveiled …

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Different Takes: The Politics Of Repeal, Replace And Reform

Editorial pages across the country include thoughts about the political risks in play as Congress and states confront efforts to dismantle Obamacare. Bloomberg: Exposing The Obvious About The GOP Health-Care BillThe gory details of the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House legislation to “repeal and replace” Obamacare are, in many ways, superfluous. The bill’s …

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Research Roundup: Early Hospital Discharges; Missed Vaccinations; Growth In Spending

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. JAMA Surgery: Costs And Consequences Of Early Hospital Discharge After Major Inpatient Surgery In Older AdultsDo fast-track discharge protocols and shorter postoperative length of stay after major inpatient surgery reduce overall surgical episode payments, or are there unintended increased costs because …

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State Highlights: Calif. Legislature Steps Into Tense Fight Over Tobacco Tax; Mass. Agency Finds Avoidable ER Visits Are Driving Up Costs

Media outlets report on news from California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Kansas, Minnesota, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Arizona, Florida. Los Angeles Times: California Senate, Assembly Advance Their Own Plans On How To Spend Tobacco Tax RevenuePerhaps the biggest budget skirmish that remains unsolved this year is how California should spend revenue from the tobacco tax voters …

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Many Adults Don’t Know That Secondhand E-Cigarette Vapor Poses Health Risk To Kids

In a survey, nearly one-third say they don’t know if such aerosol causes harm to children. In other public health news, groups worried about superbugs press In-N-Out Burger to make good on its pledge to phase out beef raised with antibiotics. And researchers investigate the impact of Facebook on mental health. NPR: Many Adults Don’t …

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Mapping Zika’s Family Tree With Genome Sequencing Shows The Origins Of An Epidemic

Using the technique could help researchers predict how the next pandemic will move across the globe. Los Angeles Times: What The DNA Of The Zika Virus Tells Scientists About Its Rapid SpreadA family tree can reveal a lot, especially if it belongs to a microscopic troublemaker with a knack for genetic shape-shifting. DNA sleuthing can …

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Setting Sights On High Drug Prices, Gottlieb Steers FDA Into Waters Previous Chiefs Dared Not Tread

In previous administrations, the heads of the FDA said the agency’s focus is efficacy and safety. But Dr. Scott Gottlieb is launching a concerted effort, hinged on increasing competition with generic drugs, to address skyrocketing costs. The Wall Street Journal: FDA Chief Proposes Rules Changes To Fight High Drug PricesThe new commissioner of the Food …

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Wis. Committee Approves Gov. Walker’s Plan To Test Some Medicaid Enrollees For Drugs

The plan, if it wins full legislative approval and is endorsed by federal officials, would be the first of its kind in the country. The Associated Press: Walker’s Medicaid Drug-Testing Wins ApprovalGov. Scott Walker’s proposal making Wisconsin the first state to require drug tests to receive Medicaid health benefits has won approval from the Legislature’s …

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House Panel Broadens Investigation Of NIH Safety And Compliance Issues

House Energy and Commerce Committee requests more documents in its probe of contaminated research samples reported at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In other administration news, former Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) starts her new job as director for the Department of Health and Human Service’s regional office in Atlanta Roll Call: NIH Probe …

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‘Health Care’ = Fighting Words In Montana

There was likely good reason why Greg Gianforte, successful Republican candidate for Congress from Montana, lost his cool on the eve of the election — scuffling with a reporter, breaking the man’s glasses and ending up with a misdemeanor assault charge: He, like many Republicans these days, walks a perilous line when talking health care. Ben …

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Influx Of Elderly Patients Forces ER To Practice Comfort Care

A man sobbed in a New York emergency room. His elderly wife, who suffered from advanced dementia, had just had a breathing tube stuck down her throat. He knew she never would have wanted that. Now he had to decide whether to reverse the life-sustaining treatment that medics had begun. Dr. Kei Ouchi, then a …

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‘You’ve Got Mail’: Emails And Robocalls Hit Home In Promoting Medicaid Enrollment

Postcards, robocalls and other low-tech outreach tools can be as effective as personalized enrollment assistance at encouraging eligible people to sign up for Medicaid, a new study found. Researchers conducted two randomized, controlled trials in Oregon that evaluated the extent to which people who were potentially eligible for Medicaid signed up for coverage following different …

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Strategies To Defend Unpopular GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements And Deleted Comments

Earlier this month, a day after the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, Ashleigh Morley visited her congressman’s Facebook page to voice her dismay. “Your vote yesterday was unthinkably irresponsible and does not begin to account for the thousands of constituents in your district …

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