Viewpoints: America Is Waiting For Trump To Save Lives, Make Safer Gun Laws; Lessons On The Importance Of Doctors Also Being Researchers

Editorial writers weigh in on these public health issues and others. Los Angeles Times: President Trump, America Is Still Waiting For Your Improvements To Gun LawsTwo weeks after Donald Trump took the oath of office in January 2017, Briddell Barber, […]

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State Highlights: National Experiment Aims To Help Seniors Age In Place; Suicides, Drugs Take Toll On Missouri

Media outlets report on news from Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, California, Massachusetts, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Stateline: On-Site Health Care Could Help Seniors Stay At Home The nation’s older population is growing rapidly — it’s projected to nearly double by […]

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Minnesota Lawmakers Tackle How To Help People With Diabetes Who Can’t Afford Rising Costs Of Insulin

The plan under consideration would require pharmaceutical companies to supply insulin to Minnesota patients who are not already on a public health program and who make less than 400 percent of the federal poverty line. As the debate goes on, […]

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External Claim Audits Key to Strong Hospital Compliance Programs

Hospital compliance programs have the potential to prevent costly denials and healthcare fraud investigations by conducting audits of high-risk areas, including coding, clinical documentation, and medical billing. Yet hospitals are still leaving millions of dollars on the exam room table. […]

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CMS Increases Scrutiny of Owners through Medicare Provider Enrollment Process

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on September 5, 2019, intended to address program integrity and vulnerability issues. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) testified before Congress in 2011 that fraud schemes relied […]

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AI helps physicians with no coding experience create automated tools: study

Using automated deep learning software, physicians without any background in computer programming were able to develop effective artificial intelligence technology for medical image diagnostic classification, a recent study found. As described in The Lancet Digital Health, scientists trained a deep […]

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. Happy Friday! A quick programming note before we dive into the […]

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Parsing Policy: Since When Did Vaping Become The Biggest Threat To Children?; The Threat To Roundup Homeless Is Just Another Attack On Democratic-Run Urban Areas

Editoral writers express about these public health issues and others. Washington Post: Vaping Is Not The Biggest Threat To Our Children Today There have been 22 shootings at U.S. schools in 2019 alone. Active-shooter drills are a back-to-school activity. America’s children […]

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State Highlights: Legal Challenges Face Trump’s Proposals To Address California Homeless Crisis; After New Vaccine Law Starts, New York Sees Surge In Home Schooling

Media outlets report on news from California, New York, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Oregon. The Washington Post: Trump’s Proposals To Tackle California Homelessness Face Local, Legal ObstaclesPresident Trump’s emerging plan to address California’s homeless crisis […]

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Few Things So Starkly Set America’s Health System Apart As How Much Patients Have To Pay Out Of Pocket

Nearly all of America’s global competitors — whether they have government health plans, such as Britain and Canada, or rely on private insurers, such as Germany and the Netherlands — strictly limit out-of-pocket costs. In more news on the health […]

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First Edition: September 13, 2019

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: Despite Repeated Calls For Unity, Democrats Throw Some Debate Punches On Health PlansUnity was in the air on Thursday, as a trimmed-down cast of 10 Democratic presidential candidates […]

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Despite Booming Economy, Uninsured Rate Ticks Up

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The annual report from the Census Bureau, released this week, found that 27.5 million Americans were without health insurance last year, an increase of nearly 2 million from 2017. The […]

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