It’s Not Just Hospitals That Sue Patients Who Can’t Pay

This story is part of a partnership that includes WPLN, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Nashville General Hospital is a safety-net facility funded by the Tennessee capital city. For a patient without Read more

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Appeals Court Shoots Down Arkansas’ Medicaid Work Requirements In Latest Legal Blow For Trump Administration

The ruling, written by a Reagan-appointed judge, upheld a lower court’s stance that Arkansas’ plan to add work requirements to its Medicaid program was “arbitrary and capricious” and failed to show how such rules would help Medicaid to meet its Read more

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Women Shouldn’t Get A Bill For An IUD … But Sometimes They Do

This story also ran on Vice. This story can be republished for free (details). After a few months on daily contraceptive pills, Erica M. wanted something more reliable. She wanted an intrauterine device, a form of long-acting reversible contraception that Read more

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Remaking Medicaid — Maybe

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Trump administration is trying to achieve a goal for Republicans that dates to the 1980s — allowing states to obtain at least some of their funding for Medicaid as Read more

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A Guide To Following The Health Debate In The 2020 Elections

About HealthBent KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, Julie Rovner, who has covered health care for more than 30 years, offers insight and analysis of policies and politics in her regular HealthBent columns. Send questions to [email protected] This story also ran on NPR. Read more

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Health Tech Company Resolves Allegations It Helped Set Up System To Encourage Opioid Prescriptions

Information technology company Practice Fusion admits to soliciting and receiving kickbacks of nearly $1 million from a “major opioid company.” The Department of Justice says this is the first time criminal action has been taken against an electronic health records Read more

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Latest Patient Charity Settlement With Justice Department Becomes Fourth Such Deal In As Many Months

Federal authorities argued that drugmakers and charities created programs that favored specific medicines over lower-cost options. Syndicated from https://khn.org/morning-breakout/latest-patient-charity-settlement-with-justice-department-becomes-fourth-such-deal-in-as-many-months/

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Insys Founder Sentenced To 5.5 Years In Prison For Scheme That Involved Bribing Doctors To Prescribe Opioids

Federal prosecutors have said that Insys, based in Arizona, embarked on an intensive marketing plan — including paying doctors for sham educational talks and luring others with lap dances — to sell its under-the-tongue fentanyl spray, Subsys, which was federally Read more

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: SCOTUS Punts On ACA Case — For Now

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Alice Miranda Ollstein Politico @AliceOllstein Read Alice's Stories Caitlin Owens Axios @caitlinnowens Read Caitlin's Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times Read more

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Trial Against Boston Hospital Highlights Complex Challenges That Emerged When Doctors, Parents Disagree Over Care

Two starkly different pictures were painted of the parent of the patient at the heart of a lawsuit against Boston Children’s Hospital. Other hospital news comes out of Florida, Louisiana and North Carolina. Syndicated from https://khn.org/morning-breakout/trial-against-boston-hospital-highlights-complex-challenges-that-emerged-when-doctors-parents-disagree-over-care/

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After Rape Of Comatose Woman, Arizona Governor Requests New Regulations To Protect Disabled Patients

“All Arizonans deserve to be safe — and we have a special responsibility to protect those with disabilities,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement. Arizona in the 1990s created an exemption from state regulation for intermediate care facilities for Read more

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From State Battles Against Opioids: Wis. Doctors Warned Over Prescribing; Minn. Governor Wants New Legislation

News on efforts to combat the drug epidemic is reported from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona, New Hampshire and Ohio. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Opioid Crisis: Feds Warn 180 Wisconsin Providers About PrescriptionsFederal prosecutors have warned 180 Wisconsin doctors, physician assistants and nurse Read more

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For California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Resistance Is Personal

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). When President Donald Trump demands a border wall or threatens to deport young unauthorized immigrants, one of the loudest opposition voices comes from the son of Mexican immigrants — Read more

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State Highlights: Texas District Spends $6.3 Million To Protect Students From Gun Violence; New Mexico Lawmakers Consider Aid-In-Dying Bill

Media outlets report on news from Texas, New Mexico, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Kansas, California and Missouri. The Wall Street Journal: One School District’s Security Upgrade: Facial Recognition, Tracking IDs And AR-15sThe school district here uses a facial recognition system to Read more

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After Series Of Setbacks Over The Years, Catholic Health Initiatives And Dignity Health Seal Prolonged Courtship

Merger talks, which were officially announced in October 2016, were expected to span a year. After a series of setbacks over that time, the California Justice Department conditionally approved the merger Nov. 21, marking the final major regulatory nod. Other Read more

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How A Trade Secrets Lawsuit Reveals Just How Nervous Established Health Care Giants Are Of New Players

The health care initiative created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase worries traditional health care companies — the recent lawsuit between the venture and UnitedHealth is a stark example of aggressive tactics such companies will take to protect their Read more

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State Highlights: California-Run Veterans Homes ‘Shortchanged, Exploited,’ Audit Finds; N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Gun Control Measures, Including Red Flag Bill

Media outlets report on news from California, New York, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Wyoming, Texas, New Hampshire, Missouri, Massachusetts, Florida and Washington, D.C. Los Angeles Times: California Has Mismanaged Its Veterans Home Properties, Audit FindsCalifornia has “mismanaged” properties where its state-run Read more

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