Viewpoints: Murkowski Explains Her Opposition To Individual Mandate; Cost-Sharing Burdens

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

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Perspectives: Orphan Drug Tax Credit Gives People With Rare Diseases Hope. GOP Plan Could Crush That

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.

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Nursing Home Staff Did Everything Possible To Help Patients After Hurricane, Facility Tells Congress

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

The letter from Florida's Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which is tied to several deaths following Hurricane Irma, says that staff followed proper procedure in handling the crisis, but that they couldn't overcome the lack of power.

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Alex Azar Is Just Latest In List Of People Tied To Industry Filling Trump’s Top Health Spots

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.

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State Highlights: Ohio Lawmaker Offers Price Transparency Bill; Workers Fired Over Refusal To Get Flu Shot

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Media outlets report on news from Ohio, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois and California.

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Top Doctor At D.C. Public Hospital Is Fired After Alleging Mismanagement

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Dr. Julian Craig, an internal medicine physician, appeared before the City Council's health committee and criticized the Veritas management company, saying it disregarded hospital programs designed to ensure patient safety. In other industry news, Medicare officials announce an expansion of a program to help rural hospitals, and a historic hospital in Massachusetts is hoping to merge with a larger system.

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Majority Of Iowa’s Medicaid Recipients Left With Only One Provider

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

But federal rules require states that contract out their Medicaid management to offer recipients more than one option.

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Brexit Strains England’s Already-Hurting Health System As Doctors, Nurses Flee Back To Europe

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Long before Brexit, the N.H.S. suffered from chronic staffing shortages, but recruiting nurses from the European Union had helped plug the gap. Now though, England faces a potential mass exodus of a good percentage of its health care workers.

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New Drug-Resistant Strain Of Malaria Threatens To Upend Years Of Eradication Efforts

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

“It has a big potential to spread,” says Dr. Arjen M. Dondorp, deputy director of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok. “We should be very worried that other countries in Southeast Asia can be affected by this, and, of course, that it will reach Africa at some point.” In other public health news: stem cell treatments, breast cancer, transgender patients, Legionnaires’ disease, allergies, and more.

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Simply Asking Patients If They Use Opioids Isn’t Enough. This Hospital Goes Further.

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Screening alone doesn't do much for patients, experts say, but Christiana Care Health System in Delaware pairs patients with addiction counselors and gets them enrolled in community-based drug treatment program before they've even left the hospital.

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