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Health Industry – Kaiser Health News

In Era Of Increased Competition, Hospitals Fret Over Ratings
Hospitals are jockeying for patients and view the many different quality and safety ratings as a keen way to distinguish their services. But when those ratings nosedive, a hospital may retaliate.

POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2017 10:00 AM
Opioids After Surgery Left Her Addicted. Is That A Medical Error?
Doctors prescribed powerful opioids for a patient after back surgery but gave her little guidance on how to take them safely. Then, she says, they misdiagnosed her withdrawal symptoms. Some experts say this situation is akin to a hospital-acquired condition.

POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2017 10:00 AM
Stopping Opioid Addiction At One Key Source: The Hospital
Based on research conducted at the University of Michigan’s medical center, a group of surgeons developed a strategy to help post-surgical patients from misusing or abusing their prescription painkillers.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2017 4:01 PM
Your Plumber Offers A Money-Back Guarantee. Should Your Doctor?
Even though consumers don’t expect to pay for faulty service or goods, they are often forced to pay for bad health care. But a small number of hospitals and doctors are seeking to change that practice.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2017 10:00 AM
CVS-Aetna Merger A Bid To Bring Down Costs, Gain Competitive Edge
What will the mega-merger mean for consumers and the health care industry? Senior correspondent Chad Terhune offers insight.

POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2017 9:57 PM
Whistleblower: Medicaid Managed-Care Firm Improperly Denied Care To Thousands
An explosive report prepared by a SynerMed executive alleges the California firm, which oversaw care for 1.2 million patients, fabricated documents and violated state and federal regulations for years. The state says it left low-income patients on Medicaid managed care in “imminent danger.”

POSTED DECEMBER 01, 2017 10:00 AM
If Your Insurer Covers Few Therapists, Is That Really Mental Health Parity?
Behavioral care was four times more likely to be out-of-network than medical or surgical care, an analysis by Milliman shows.

POSTED NOVEMBER 30, 2017 3:01 PM
Hospitals With History Get A Second Life
The number of hospitals across the country has plummeted, but many old buildings are being resuscitated as apartments and condos.

POSTED NOVEMBER 30, 2017 10:00 AM
Patients With Rare Diseases And Congress Square Off Over Orphan Drug Tax Credits
The House and Senate want to reduce or eliminate federal tax credits for “orphan drugs” used to treat rare diseases, but patients are fighting against the plan.

POSTED NOVEMBER 30, 2017 10:00 AM
University Was Tipped Off To Possible Unauthorized Trials Of Herpes Vaccine
Southern Illinois University has concluded its researcher violated university rules and U.S. law.

POSTED NOVEMBER 29, 2017 12:50 PM

The Health Law – Kaiser Health News

Sign-Up Deadline Is Friday, But Some People May Get Extra Time
Although in most states the insurance marketplace deadline is Friday, some consumers might be entitled to a special enrollment period if their 2017 plan is being discontinued or they are from states designated by the federal government as hurricane disaster areas.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 10:00 AM
Sen. Collins’ Strategy To Stabilize Insurance Market Raises Doubts Among Analysts
Even if the Republican from Maine can get her party to go along, her suggestions to bolster the individual insurance market may be too little, too late.

POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2017 10:00 AM
Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Is Health Care Spending Still The Hungry, Hungry Hippo?
In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of the Wall Street Journal, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Margot Sanger Katz of The New York Times discuss new health spending numbers from the federal government, as well as how the year-end legislating in Congress is being complicated by health issues.

POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2017 5:59 PM
For Marketplace Customers Who Delay, Auto-Enrollment Could Be Nasty Wake-Up
People who have a plan from the health law’s marketplace and who don’t actively shop for a new one will be auto-enrolled on Dec. 16. But unlike past years, most people won’t be able to change those plans if they don’t like them.

POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2017 10:00 AM
Challenges Abound For 26-Year-Olds Falling Off Parental Insurance Cliff
Insurance has often been a tough-sell among these young people because they are often healthy and choosing a plan is complicated. A shorter enrollment and less outreach could dampen enthusiasm.

POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2017 10:00 AM
Brokers Tout Mix-And-Match Coverage To Avoid High-Cost ACA Plans
But buyer, beware. Cobbling together “packages” designed to cover gaps in high-deductible health plans could shortchange consumers, warn advocates.

POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2017 10:00 AM
Churning, Confusion And Disruption — The Dark Side Of Marketplace Coverage
The Affordable Care Act has increased the number of people with insurance, but shopping around for plans puts a burden on patients, especially this year.

POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2017 10:00 AM
Pace Of U.S. Health Spending Slows In 2016
Dramatic increases in spending that came with the influx of newly insured consumers in 2014 and 2015 appear to be moderating.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2017 11:26 PM
Facebook Live: A Status Check On Obamacare Enrollment
In this chat, KHN’s Julie Appleby offers a progress report on the 2018 sign up season.

POSTED DECEMBER 05, 2017 5:01 PM
‘I’ve Never Been This Busy’: As Marketplace Deadline Nears, Navigators Feel The Pinch
With less federal funding and marketing, local groups are feeling the pressure to keep up enrollment in the plans offered through the federal health law’s marketplace.

POSTED DECEMBER 05, 2017 10:00 AM

Cost and Quality – Kaiser Health News

Experts Tell Congress How To Cut Drug Prices. We Give You Some Odds.
Some of the nation’s most influential scientists recommend eight steps to lower drug prices. KHN takes the political temperature and tells you the chances of Congress acting on them.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 10:00 AM
In Era Of Increased Competition, Hospitals Fret Over Ratings
Hospitals are jockeying for patients and view the many different quality and safety ratings as a keen way to distinguish their services. But when those ratings nosedive, a hospital may retaliate.

POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2017 10:00 AM
Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Is Health Care Spending Still The Hungry, Hungry Hippo?
In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of the Wall Street Journal, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Margot Sanger Katz of The New York Times discuss new health spending numbers from the federal government, as well as how the year-end legislating in Congress is being complicated by health issues.

POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2017 5:59 PM
Brokers Tout Mix-And-Match Coverage To Avoid High-Cost ACA Plans
But buyer, beware. Cobbling together “packages” designed to cover gaps in high-deductible health plans could shortchange consumers, warn advocates.

POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2017 10:00 AM
Pace Of U.S. Health Spending Slows In 2016
Dramatic increases in spending that came with the influx of newly insured consumers in 2014 and 2015 appear to be moderating.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2017 11:26 PM
Your Plumber Offers A Money-Back Guarantee. Should Your Doctor?
Even though consumers don’t expect to pay for faulty service or goods, they are often forced to pay for bad health care. But a small number of hospitals and doctors are seeking to change that practice.

POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2017 10:00 AM
Facebook Live: A Status Check On Obamacare Enrollment
In this chat, KHN’s Julie Appleby offers a progress report on the 2018 sign up season.

POSTED DECEMBER 05, 2017 5:01 PM
Dangling A Carrot For Patients To Take Healthy Steps: Does It Work?
Many medical groups and state Medicaid programs are offering gift cards, cash and other rewards to low-income patients if they agree to get preventive screenings and make healthier lifestyle choices.

POSTED DECEMBER 05, 2017 10:00 AM
‘Rock Star’ Navigator On Mission To Clear Health Insurance Hurdles For Vietnamese
In Texas, the uninsured rate among Vietnamese immigrants is nearly double the national rate. Navigators there are working to reverse that.

POSTED DECEMBER 05, 2017 10:00 AM
CVS-Aetna Merger A Bid To Bring Down Costs, Gain Competitive Edge
What will the mega-merger mean for consumers and the health care industry? Senior correspondent Chad Terhune offers insight.

POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2017 9:57 PM

Kaiser Health News

Viewpoints: The Tax Bill As The GOP’s Obamacare; What About This Massive Merger?
A selection of opinions on health care from news outlets around the country.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM
State Highlights: Texas Set Spending Record For Abstinence-Only Education; Single-Payer System Cost Tempers Calif. Enthusiasm
Media outlets report on news from Texas, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM
The Quandary Physicians Face Because Of The Potency Of Fentanyl
In other opioid news, a county in Tennessee is looking to join nearly 200 other jurisdictions in a lawsuit alleging that some drug manufacturers and distributors contributed to the nation's addiction crisis.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM
Segregation Patterns Are Deeply Embedded In Boston Health Care, Spotlight Investigation Finds
The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigations team reports on the racial divide in care that's plaguing the city. Meanwhile, Native Americans are getting lost in the health care system, and many point to the role racism plays in the problem.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM
Maine Governor Reiterates New Taxes Can’t Pay For Medicaid Expansion
Maine voters approved a referendum in November to expand Medicaid but Gov. Paul LePage again laid out his objections in a letter to lawmakers. In Michigan, a new study looks at the number of Medicaid enrollees who are working.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM
Medical Labs Sue Over Reductions In Medicare Payments
The trade association that represents clinical labs says the administration is misapplying a 2014 law that sought to set market-based pricing for certain lab tests.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM
With Flurry Of Mergers, Hospitals Are Building Muscle, But They Face Uphill Battle In Industry
Mergers can only accomplish so much for struggling hospitals in the ever-evolving landscape that is the health industry these days.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM
FDA’s Plans To Speed Medical-Device Approval Process Has Some On Edge Over Patient Safety
Doctors are also worried about the lack of oversight after the product gets to the market. "The [Food and Drug Administration’s] track record on post-market surveillance is not reassuring, most post-marketing studies are not started or not completed, and the data remains unavailable to clinicians and patients," said Rita F. Redberg, editor of JAMA Internal Medicine.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM
Sen. Murray Questions CDC Chief’s Ability To Perform Role Due To Financial Conflicts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Brenda Fitzgerald is legally obligated to maintain some investments in cancer detection and health information technology. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) raises concerns since, as a result, Fitzgerald must recuse herself from "matters pertaining to cancer and opioids, two of the most pervasive and urgent health challenges we face as a country."

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM
Despite Ryan’s Enthusiasm To Overhaul Medicare, GOP Senators More Wary Just Months Before Elections
“We’re talking about Medicare, and that’s a pretty big bite in the middle of an election year. I’m not saying no, but there are other things that could happen," said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2017 2:11 PM

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