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Why Amazon is steering its employees to LA for cancer care

October 16, 2019


To reduce health spending, Amazon is now paying for employees with cancer to travel to Los Angeles to see leading specialists at City of Hope health system.

He finally quit cigarettes after smoking for 50+ years. But vaping might have killed him.

October 16, 2019


John Steffen had been smoking traditional cigarettes since the 1960s and turned to e-cigarettes about five years ago to help kick his habit, but he died this spring—and doctors believe e-cigarettes are to blame.

Medicaid work requirements need better oversight, GAO says

October 16, 2019


CMS is not adequately overseeing the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on administrative costs to implement Medicaid work requirements, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

CMS: More MA beneficiaries will enroll in top-rated plans in 2020

October 16, 2019


More than three-quarters of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with prescription drug coverage are expected to enroll in plans with four- or five-star ratings for the 2020 coverage year, according to CMS quality star ratings data released Friday.

Half of US residents have been impacted by substance misuse, survey shows

October 16, 2019


Almost half of adults in the United States say substance misuse has impacted their families, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Was the Salt Lake City cop who arrested a nurse over a blood draw just a 'fall guy'?

October 16, 2019


When a video of a Salt Lake City police officer handcuffing a University of Utah Hospital nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient went viral, the department fired him for his conduct—but now, the officer is suing the department and the city, saying he was following his supervisor's orders when he arrested the nurse.

CBO: Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill would save Medicare $345B, but result in fewer new drugs

October 15, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill aiming to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States would save Medicare $345 billion from 2023 to 2029, but drugmakers would bring fewer new drugs to the market, according to a preliminary analysis by the Congressional Budget Office released Friday.

CDC gives vaping-linked illness a new name

October 15, 2019


CDC on Friday released new guidance for clinicians to use to evaluate and treat patients with a lung illness officials believe is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and gave the illness a new name.

Appeals court seems likely to rule against Medicaid work requirements

October 15, 2019


During oral arguments Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seemed likely to uphold a lower court ruling against Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.

Meet 'Milasen': The first-ever drug designed for just one patient

October 15, 2019


Eight-year-old Mila Makovec was diagnosed with a rare, usually fatal neurological disorder in 2016, but now—thanks to a drug that researchers developed specifically for her—many of Mila's symptoms have been halted or reversed, according to a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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