Physicians Increasingly Support Single-Payer Health Care, Survey Finds

Fifty-six percent of doctors either expressed strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer system, according to a survey by the physician recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins. Kaiser Health News: Doctors Warm To Single-Payer Health CareSingle-payer health care is still a controversial idea in the U.S., but a majority of physicians are moving to support …

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Nevada’s Insurance ‘Bare Market’ Now Appears Covered

The health insurer Centene Corp. decided to expand its reach in Nevada, offering health plans in rural counties that were at risk of having no options next year. The step is viewed as a victory for Obamacare supporters. The New York Times: Obamacare’s Bare County Problem Looks Mostly Solved, For NowA few months ago, it …

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First Edition: August 16, 2017

Aug 16 2017 Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: CBO: Killing Cost-Sharing Subsidies Would Hike Silver Plan Premiums And DeficitKHN reporter Phil Galewitz writes: “If President Donald Trump were to follow through on his threats to cut federal cost-sharing subsidies, health insurance premiums for silver plans would soar by …

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Doctors Warm To Single-Payer Health Care

Single-payer health care is still a controversial idea in the U.S., but a majority of physicians are moving to support it, a new survey finds. Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system, according to the survey by Merritt Hawkins, a physician recruitment firm. In its …

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CBO: Killing Cost-Sharing Subsidies Would Hike Silver Plan Premiums And Deficit

If President Donald Trump were to follow through on his threats to cut federal cost-sharing subsidies, health insurance premiums for silver plans would soar by an average of 20 percent next year and the federal deficit would rise by $194 billion over the next decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The change would …

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5 Moves, 30 Minutes: Your Ultimate Kickboxing Workout

This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com. It’s time to give your cardio routine a kick in the you-know-what. Just like other cardio workouts, kickboxing offers all the benefits of a high-intensity routine, including better coordination, mobility and strength. You’ll not only knock your muscles into high gear, but you’ll squash the stress of the day. RELATED: Undefeated: Kickboxing …

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For Some People, Too Much Protein Can Be Deadly—Here’s What You Need to Know About the Death of a Bodybuilding Mom

An Australian woman has died after consuming large amounts of protein from food and dietary supplements, her family says. The mom of two had increased her protein intake while preparing for a bodybuilding competition, but doctors discovered too late that she had a rare disorder that prevented her body from properly metabolizing the nutrient. Meegan …

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These Are Tracy Anderson’s All-Time Best Ab-Sculpting Moves

The truth: The belly is a bad place to pack on pounds. That’s because excess visceral fat—found deep within the abdomen—increases major health risks (heart disease, type 2 diabetes, even dementia). One study revealed that normal-weight women with bigger bellies had a 48 percent higher risk of premature death than their slim-stomach counterparts. Luckily, you can take control of that gut. “Cutting …

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Viewpoints: Short-Term Health Fix; Sabotage To Marketplaces; VA Hospital Director Should Go

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The Wall Street Journal: A Short-Term ObamaCare FixRepublicans in Congress haven’t repealed or replaced Obama Care, but the Trump Administration still has an obligation to help Americans facing higher premiums and fewer choices. One incremental improvement would be rescinding regulations on temporary health-insurance plans. …

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State Highlights: Ohio Tensions Rise Over Drug-Pricing Transparency Ballot Measure; Number Of Calif. Dialysis Patients Spikes

Media outlets report on news from Ohio, California, Texas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Iowa. Stat: In Ohio, Tension Brews Over Who’s Funding A Drug Price-Control Ballot MeasureIt was supposed to be a battle over high drug prices, but right now, it’s become a battle over transparency — specifically, which drug makers are funding an effort …

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Ga. Rural Hospitals Seek Partnerships To Survive Financial Challenges; Serious Mistakes Made At D.C.’s United Medical Center Led To OB Ward Shutdown

In other hospital news, hospital and health system executives’ compensation continues to soar; a Kansas official details the privatization plan for Osawatomie State Hospital; and more. Georgia Health News: Seeking Partnerships Is A Survival Strategy For Rural Hospitals“Looking for a partner’’ seems like a theme best suited to a high school dance or a dating …

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Funding For N.H.’s Medicaid Expansion Now In Jeopardy

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services informed New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu that a fund helping to pay expansion costs, which is partially supported by voluntary donations from hospitals, violates federal law. Meanwhile, federal officials approved changes that will allow Nebraska to continue its Health Insurance Premium Program, through which the state’s Medicaid …

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More VA Doctors Can Practice In N.H. Hospitals As Governor Loosens Licensing Requirements

Gov. Chris Sununu signs an executive order amidst a state of emergency at Manchester VA Medical Center due to flooding. In other veteran health care news, a VA enrollment office in Atlanta is hit with controversy over unprofessional and racially charged instant messages by a staffer. New Hampshire Union Leader: Sununu Order Opens Doors For …

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Standard Advice On Finishing Antibiotics Is Being Challenged By Disease Experts

The infectious disease specialists are making the case that taking the drugs once they are not needed may be helping lead to antibiotic resistance. In other public health news, some big-name companies are working to destigmatize mental health problems, Amazon recalls some solar eclipse glasses, music may help some dementia patients and articles on the …

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Enough Painkillers Sold In One Town To Medicate Every Man, Woman, Child For 136 Days

A first-time release of CDC prescribing data shows vast regional disparities. Stateline reports on the numbers and the town — Martinsville, Va. — that topped the list. In other news on the national opioid epidemic: Massachusetts police test a new overdose database; experts wait on the impact of White House action; and the deaths of …

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Apple, Aetna Discuss Deal To Distribute Free Or Discounted Watches To Insurance Beneficiaries

The move could cover 23 million insured by Aetna. In health care industry consolidation news, Google will buy Senosis health and Allscripts will acquire a part of billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantHealth. The Hill: Report: Aetna In Talks To Get Apple Watches To Its Customers Apple and Aetna held previously undisclosed meetings last week to discuss distributing …

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Drug Manufacturers Face Looming Deadline To Track Medicines As U.S. Cracks Down On Counterfeits

In other pharma industry news, early clinical trial data prove to be a mixed blessing for investors, while the Food and Drug Administration issues new prescription advisories and recalls. Stat: With Deadlines Looming, Pharma Companies Look To Tighten Drug SecurityMost people trust that their medicine matches the description on the bottle. But what if it …

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Trump Blasts Merck CEO After He Quits White House Panel Over Charlottesville Response

In a quick response to the announcement from Merck’s chief Kenneth Frazier, the president tweeted that the decision would give Frazier “more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!” Stat: 7 Things To Know About The Pharma CEO Who Incurred Trump’s Wrath[Kenneth] Frazier, the CEO of drug giant Merck, announced that he was resigning from a …

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GOP Efforts To Repeal-And-Replace Obamacare Resurface

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) says his sweeping proposal is “about the only game left in town.” On the House side, members of the conservative Freedom Caucus on Friday filed a discharge petition that, with a simple 218-vote majority, would trigger a floor vote on a two-year Affordable Care Act repeal — with no replacement — …

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