KHN Investigation On Opioid Prescribers Pains Some Readers And Tweeters

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. In Defense Of Opioid Prescribers Articles such as this one are leaving elderly patients with […]

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A ‘No-Brainer’? Calls Grow For Medicare To Cover Anti-Rejection Drugs After Kidney Transplant

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). On Wednesday, Alexis Conell will mark seven years since she received the kidney transplant that saved her life, but the 53-year-old Chicago woman isn’t exactly celebrating. […]

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Medicare Advantage Overbills Taxpayers By Billions A Year As Feds Struggle To Stop It

Health insurers that treat millions of seniors have overcharged Medicare by nearly $30 billion the past three years alone, but federal officials say they are moving ahead with long-delayed plans to recoup at least part of the money. Officials have […]

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Hospitals Block ‘Surprise Billing’ Measure In California

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Citing fierce pushback from hospitals, California lawmakers sidelined a bill Wednesday that would have protected some patients from surprise medical bills by limiting how much hospitals could charge them […]

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Viewpoints: On Obamacare, Appeals Court Needs To Let Policy Created In Congress Stand; Stop Frightening Everyday People About Health Care Change

Opinion writers focus on these health care topics and others. The Washington Post: It’s Time For An Appeals Court To Right The Ship On ObamacareThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit will consider on Tuesday one of the […]

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Recent Antitrust Actions Against Hospitals, Insurers Purchasing Physician Practices Hint Of Obstacles To Come

Recent decisions in court cases come as concerns mount over the growing consolidation of hospitals and physician practices and the impact on prices and total health spending. In other health industry news: jobs, blood pressure devices, and artificial intelligence. Modern […]

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Trump Administration To Take Steps To Shift More Kidney Treatment To At-Home Care And Away From Stand-Alone Dialysis Clinics

HHS will announce an agency-wide initiative to encourage home dialysis and also to ramp up better prevention and screening for kidney disease, Politico reports. The plan could upend the kidney care market, and face serious pushback from big dialysis chains […]

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Systemic, ‘Profoundly Heartbreaking’ Abuse Discovered At San Francisco Hospital, Sending Shock Waves Through City

Twenty-three patients at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center who lived in two wards at the public hospital that primarily serves dementia patients were subjected to alleged physical and verbal abuse between 2016 and 2019. Health officials said […]

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Pelosi Aims For Feds To Negotiate Drug Prices, Even For Private Insurers

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). As House Democrats hash out a proposal empowering the federal government’s top health official to negotiate lower drug prices, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking it a step further […]

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Trump Has Blessed States’ Exploration Of Importing Drugs. Will It Catch On?

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). Seeking a solution to the soaring costs of drugs, Colorado, Florida and Vermont are making plans to import medications from Canada, where prescriptions are cheaper. […]

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Health Care Gets Heated On Night 2 Of The Democratic Presidential Debate

This fact check was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). On Thursday, the second night of the first Democratic primary debate, 10 presidential hopefuls took the stage and health issues became an early flashpoint. […]

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KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Dems Debate Health Care

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Health care played a feature role in the first debate among Democratic presidential candidates Wednesday, with would-be nominees spreading across the spectrum on the question of how quickly to move […]

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False, Misleading Information On Cancer ‘Cures’ Thrives On YouTube, Ensnaring Patients At Their Most Vulnerable Time

“People with a new cancer diagnosis are often feeling vulnerable and scared,” said Renee DiResta, a researcher who studies disinformation. Facing the horrors of such a diagnosis and treatment, some people start searching for information and community online. But even […]

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State Highlights: California Legislature Votes To Restore Individual Mandate; 33 New Measles Cases Reported, Majority In New York

Media outlets report on news from California, New York, Oregon, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio. The Associated Press: California Legislature OKs Health Insurance MandateThe California Legislature voted Monday to tax people who refuse to […]

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KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Politics Heading Into 2020: Live From Aspen!

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The cost of health care looms as a major issue going into the 2020 campaign. But even as Democratic presidential candidates debate ways to bring down prices and expand insurance […]

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In Debate Over What To Do About Surprise Medical Bills, Alexander Hints At Support For In-Network Guarantee

Although many lawmakers agree that patients need to be protected from surprise medical bills, there are different ways that could go and many stakeholders who have strong opinions on what the solution should be. At a hearing on Wednesday, Senate […]

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