Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

KHN’s newsletter editor, Brianna Labuskes, wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to.

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Viewpoints: Lessons Learned About New Cures For Cancer; Finally, Some Positive Signs For Gun Safety

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

Editorial pages focus on these and other health topics.

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Research Roundup: Prescribing Opioids To High-Risk Patients, PrEP Use Among Black Individuals

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.

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State Highlights: Florida Seeks To Close Facility For Disabled, Citing Horrific Abuse; NYC Sets Up Task Force On Mentally Ill After Shootings

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

Media outlets report on news from Florida, New York, California, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Minnesota, Maryland, Georgia and Massachusetts.

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Gay Conversion Therapy Would Be Added To List Of Deceptive Business Practices Under Proposed California Bill

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

The bill, which passed the state Assembly, now moves to the Senate. Despite no evidence that the therapy works, some religious groups have said such a law would violate their constitutional rights.

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Investigators Recommending Abundance Of Caution With Lettuce After E. Coli Outbreak Spreads

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

Fifty-three related E. coli infections have been reported in 16 states, according to the CDC. Officials are now telling consumers not to eat store-bought, chopped romaine lettuce.

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Michigan Senate Votes To Add Work Requirements To State’s Medicaid Program

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

The bill would require able-bodied adults who receive Medicaid health care coverage to either work at least 29 hours a week or be enrolled in a job training or education program. The legislation now moves to the House for consideration. Media outlets report on Medicaid news out of Tennessee, Massachusetts and California, as well.

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Teaching Hospitals Help Doctors-In-Training Get Practice. But It’s Also Where They Can Learn Bad Habits

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

Many physicians are being trained at hospitals that have been cited for deficiencies by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Declining Opioid Prescription Rates Show That Drumbeat Of Alarm Over Crisis Is Producing Results

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

But some advocates are now worried that patients with chronic pain are being undertreated. Meanwhile, NIH wants to conduct research on fentanyl, but the nationwide law-enforcement crackdown on opioid abuse means scientists are having a hard time getting permission to get samples of the illegal products they need to study. And the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on improving Medicaid, Medicare and other programs that cope with the effects of substance abuse.

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Growth Of Prescription Drugs Spending Slowing, But That Won’t Necessarily Be Reflected For Consumers

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

“We’re not suggesting that nobody is seeing higher costs," said Murray Aitken, of the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, which released the numbers. "We’re just saying that when we roll everything up, the amount received by manufacturers rose by only 0.6 percent in 2017.”

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