07 Jun 2019

A LARGE EMPLOYER ‘FRAMES’ THE ‘MEDICARE FOR ALL’ DEBATE

  By Phil Galewitz   Walk into a big-box retailer such as Walmart or Michaels and you’re likely to see MCS Industries’ picture frames, decorative mirrors or kitschy wall décor. Adjacent to a dairy farm a few miles west of downtown Easton, MCS is the nation’s largest maker of such household

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24 May 2019

USE OF BUPRENORPHINE TO TREAT OPIOID ADDICTION PROLIFERATES IN CALIFORNIA

By Harriet Blair Rowan Buprenorphine, a relative newcomer in the treatment of opioid addiction, is growing in popularity among California doctors as regulatory changes, physician training and other initiatives make the medication more widely accessible. The rate of Medi-Cal enrollees who received buprenorphine nearly quadrupled from the end of 2014 to

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24 May 2019

ANALYSIS: A HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL COULD KILL 2 MILLION JOBS, AND THAT’S OK

By Elisabeth Rosenthal As calls for radical health reform grow louder, many on the right, in the center and in the healthcare industry are arguing that proposals like “Medicare for All” would cause economic ruin, decimating a sector that represents nearly 20% of our economy. While exploring a presidential run,

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22 May 2019

Expiration of Temporary Medicaid Funds for Puerto Rico and USVI Would Result in Budget Shortfalls

Most of the temporary federal Medicaid funds that have supported healthcare in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) in recent years and in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes are set to expire at the end of September, raising the prospect of steep enrollment cuts, budget shortfalls and

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21 May 2019

HIDDEN FDA REPORTS MASKED THE SCOPE OF WIDESPREAD HARM FROM FAULTY HEART DEVICE

By Christina Jewett Faced with the possibility that a bout of abnormal heartbeats could end his life, in 2006, Dr. Marc Sicklick had a small device implanted in his chest that would shock it back into rhythm. Soon he would struggle with another life-or-death choice: whether to remove the Sprint Fidelis,

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16 May 2019

MAY 19: Deductible Relief Day

Deductible Relief Day is May 19. That’s the date by which average spending for people with employer-sponsored health insurance is sufficient to satisfy the average deductible, the amount they must pay out-of-pocket for most health care services before their insurance plan kicks in to help pay the bills, Kaiser Family

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09 May 2019

3D printing innovation allows scientists to create vascular network

  By Jade Boyd Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs with a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues. The new innovation allows scientists to create exquisitely entangled vascular networks that mimic the body’s natural passageways for blood, air, lymph and other vital fluids.

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08 May 2019

DRUG INDUSTRY PATENTS GO UNDER SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S MICROSCOPE

By Rachel Bluth   Congress isn’t making much headway in finding a solution to the problem of soaring prescription drug prices, but lawmakers from both parties are tinkering on the edges with legislation that aims to increase competition among drugmakers. A comprehensive piece of drug-pricing legislation is a high priority for

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08 May 2019

Feds Want To Show Healthcare Costs On Your Phone, But That Could Take Years

  By Fred Schulte   Federal officials are proposing new regulations that for the first time could allow patients to compare prices charged by various hospitals and other healthcare providers using data sent to their smartphones. Donald Rucker, who coordinates health information technology policy for the, said he expects that the

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27 Apr 2019

In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Medical Care

By Victoria Knight In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published in Health Affairs in April.   The researchers used demographic and income data to project estimates

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