CMS Axes New York’s Plan To Extend Its Medicaid Reform Program After State Asked For $8B In Funding

In denying New York’s request, the federal government is refusing to support the way the state is trying to change its delivery system to care for people in community medical facilities rather than in hospitals. It is rejecting the application but not eliminating funding that was already promised. Other Medicaid news comes from Minnesota and …

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Colorado Unveils Public Option Reimbursement Rates That Officials Say Will Help Hospitals Remain Profitable

The Colorado Health Insurance Option formula’s base rate is 155% of Medicare rates, but hospitals’ individual rates would vary based on hospital type. Hospitals are still wary about the option, though. It seems likely hospitals will have to raise costs for people with insurance plans that aren’t part of the state option, said Katherine Mulready, …

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Senate Dems Block 2 Abortion Measures, Accusing McConnell Of Playing Politics With Bills Destined To Fail

The legislation would have all but ban abortions after 20 weeks and mandate care for babies of failed abortions–a measure that’s widely criticized as unnecessary by abortion rights advocates. The debate turned heated, with Republicans repeatedly accusing Democrats of favoring killing babies. The New York Times: Democrats Block Abortion-Related Bills As Republicans Seek Election AdvantageSenate …

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As The Coronavirus Spreads, Americans Lose Ground Against Other Health Threats

For much of the 20th century, medical progress seemed limitless. Antibiotics revolutionized the care of infections. Vaccines turned deadly childhood diseases into distant memories. Americans lived longer, healthier lives than their parents. Yet today, some of the greatest success stories in public health are unraveling. Even as the world struggles to control a mysterious new …

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Trusting Injection Drug Users With IV Antibiotics At Home: It Can Work

This story is part of a partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Two mornings a week, Arthur Jackson clears space on half of his cream-colored sofa. He sets out a few rolls of tape and some gauze, then waits for a knock on his …

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Democrats Sharpen Health Care Attacks As Primaries Heat Up

The ideal began to get real on Tuesday, as seven of the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination sparred over the price tag on health care reform and even revealed similarities on issues like marijuana legalization. With Democrats in 15 states and American Samoa set to cast their primary votes in the next week, …

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Bernie Sanders Embraces A New Study That Lowers ‘Medicare For All’s’ Price Tag, But Skepticism Abounds

“[A recent study] said ‘Medicare for All’ will lower health care costs in this country by $450 billion a year and save the lives of 68,000 people who would otherwise have died.” — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in remarks made February 25, 2020 during the South Carolina Democratic primary debate. Defending his signature health plan …

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Past As Prologue: Questioning Buttigieg’s Claim About Keeping Your Health Care

“If you like your private plan, you can keep it.” — a statement made in a video ad released by the Pete Buttigieg for President campaign on Feb. 21, in advance of the South Carolina primary. This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). As the Democratic …

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U.S. Medical Panel Thinks Twice About Pushing Cognitive Screening For Dementia

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). A leading group of medical experts on Tuesday declined to endorse cognitive screening for older adults, fueling a debate that has simmered for years. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said it could neither recommend nor oppose cognitive screening, citing insufficient scientific evidence of …

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Viewpoints: If Patient Voices Could Be As Loud As Lobbyists, Then Surprise Medical Bills Might End; How Is it That Greedy Corporations Get Rich On Insulin?

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. Stat: To Fight Surprise Medical Bills, Create A Powerful United Patient Lobby Physicians are taught to prioritize the interests of their patients, using their knowledge, preferences, and values to guide clinical decisions. Political decisions about the U.S. health care system tend to take the reverse …

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Different Takes: Don’t Wait Any Longer To Prepare For Coronavirus In U.S.; Remember How Vulnerable Pregnant Women Might Be

Editorial pages focus on best ways to stem dangers of coronavirus. The Washington Post: Coronavirus Dangers Loom. Complacency Is One Of Them.The coronavirus has shown the ability to transmit between people, cause serious illness and jump continents. These three conditions bring the world to the threshold of a pandemic. The word is scary, as Monday’s …

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State Highlights: New Jersey Considers Boosting Already High Cigarette Tax For First Time In 10 Years; Shutting Expensive ER Helps Save Rural Georgia Hospital

Media outlets report on news from New Jersey, Georgia, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Michigan, Pennsylvania, D.C. and Maryland. The New York Times: New Jersey May Raise Cigarette Taxes To Highest Level In NationZahir Shabazz smokes about three packs of cigarettes each week. Each …

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New Speedy Genomic Testing For Tough To Diagnose, Deadly Infections Could Revolutionize Care, Researchers Say

The tests that sort through DNA are costly, but Kevin Outterson, a professor of health law at Boston University, says they “advance what we do by more than a century.” Public health news is on mental health, ADHD in adults, mammograms and aging, mental health in jails, unsafe public housing, eye diseases, tetanus, lower sperm …

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Google Researchers Candidly Lay Out Scope Of Difficulty When It Comes To Making Health Data Anonymous

Anonymized data is a gold mine for health research–but it’s not going to come easily. The Google researchers experimented with four different ways of de-identifying data, and in the end, even the most labor-intensive methods succeeded in anonymizing only 97% to 99% of the data. Other health technology news focuses on online predators, missing person …

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1,200 Plus Opioids Given To 3 Sisters: Appalachian Task Force Convicts Tennessee Psychiatrist

The verdict was against Richard Farmer, accused of accepting sexual favors for drugs. “Doctors who take advantage of patients suffering from addiction are no different than street corner drug dealers,” said the DEA’s J. Todd Scott. News on the epidemic is on a drug manufacturer’s proposed settlement, an Arizona candidate’s overdose, treatment in jails, and …

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Lawmakers Want IHS To Be Held Accountable For Its Role In Protecting Pediatrician Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Boys

The troubled Indian Health Services has balked at releasing any records about how the agency had handled accusations against Stanley Patrick Weber, who has been convicted of sexually abusing Native American boys. The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Pressure U.S. Indian Health Service To Release Sex Abuse ReportLawmakers who oversee the U.S. Indian Health Service are …

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Insurers Steering Patients Toward Clinics They’ve Bought In New Threat To Hospitals, Providers

“It’s very worrisome for hospitals,” said Chas Roades, a health care consultant. “Suddenly, the plan you’re relying on for payment is also competing with you at the front end of the delivery system.” In other news, Walmart takes on CVS and Amazon, and patients are left floundering when insurer drops doctors. The Wall Street Journal: …

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Juul To Propose Selling E-Cigarette That Will Only Unlock For Users Who Are At Least 21 Years Old

Juul, which has been under public and congressional scrutiny over allegations that it marketed its product for young users, intends to submit to the FDA more than 250,000 pages, including scientific research, marketing materials and an update on its efforts to curb illegal sales to minors. By May 12, for the first time ever, all …

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Immigration Advocates Braced As ‘Public Charge’ Rule Goes Into Effect

The Trump administration rolled out a rule on Monday that advocates say will have a chilling effect on immigrants seeking needed help through programs like Medicaid and food stamps. “It’s sending a message that says, ‘you’re not welcome,’” said Marty Martinez, Boston’s chief of health and human services. The Associated Press: Crackdown On Immigrants Who …

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