Month: November 2019

Startup Seeks To Hold Doctors, Hospitals Accountable On Patient Record Requests

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). When Kelly Shanahan had her OB-GYN practice in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., she was meticulous about providing medical records promptly to all patients who requested them, she said. But since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2013, an event that forced her into ….  Read More

White House Unveils Finalized Health Care Price Transparency Rule

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Hospitals will soon have to share price information they have long kept obscured — including how big a discount they offer cash-paying patients and rates negotiated with insurers — under a rule finalized Friday by the Trump administration. In a companion proposal, the administration announced it is also planning to require health insurers to spell ….  Read More

Surgeon General’s Marijuana Warning Omits Crucial Context

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Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News Speaking about a recent federal advisory on marijuana, Dr. Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, put a new spin on long-standing admonitions about the drug. “Marijuana has a unique impact on the developing brain. It can prime your brain for addiction to other substances,” Adams said at a Washington, D.C., substance ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Spending Bill Slowdown

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The fiscal year started a month and a half ago, but Congress has still not agreed on an annual spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services – or any of the other annual spending bills that fund the government. Meanwhile, Congress IS ….  Read More

Medicaid Tweak Might Offer Means To Improve U.S. Maternal Health

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When Madavia Johnson gave birth to Donald Ray Dowless III last year, she was hit by a case of severe postpartum anxiety. She was scared to carry her son downstairs or drive him in a car. She couldn’t manage to continue law school ― and could hardly leave the house ― because she didn’t trust ….  Read More

More Adolescents Seek Medical Care For Mental Health Issues

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Less than a decade ago, the emergency department at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego would see maybe one or two young psychiatric patients per day, said Dr. Benjamin Maxwell, the hospital’s interim director of child and adolescent psychiatry. Now, it’s not unusual for ….  Read More

Sit, Heal: Dog Teaches Military Med Students The Merits Of Service Animals

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This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). The newest faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has a great smile — and a wagging tail. Shetland, not quite 2 years old, is half golden retriever, half Labrador retriever. As of this fall, he is ….  Read More

Voters Say Congress Needs To Curb Drug Prices, But Are Lawmakers Listening?

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This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). House Democrats are poised to pass sweeping legislation to lower drug prices using strategies President Donald Trump has endorsed. A Trump aide urged the Republican-controlled Senate to vote on a different package curbing drug prices that was drafted by a ….  Read More

How Germany Averted An Opioid Crisis

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KHN correspondent Shefali Luthra reported this article from Germany as a 2019 Arthur F. Burns Fellow. HAMBURG, Germany ― In 2016, 10 times as many Americans as Germans died as a result of drug overdoses, mostly opiates. Three times as many Americans as Germans experienced opioid addiction. Even as the rates of addiction in the ….  Read More

Bruising Labor Battles Put Kaiser Permanente’s Reputation On The Line

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Kaiser Permanente, which just narrowly averted one massive strike, is facing another one Monday. The ongoing labor battles have undermined the health giant’s once-golden reputation as a model of cost-effective care that caters to satisfied patients — which it calls “members” — and is exposing it to new scrutiny from politicians and health policy analysts. ….  Read More