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Colorado unveils its plan for a state public option—and it could cut provider payments

October 11, 2019


Colorado officials on Monday released a draft report outlining a proposed state public health insurance option, but the plan is drawing criticism from health care providers who would receive lower reimbursements under the proposal.

What it's like to survive the mysterious, vaping-linked lung illness

October 11, 2019


After vaping for years, 18-year-old Piper Johnson spent a week in the intensive care unit with a lung illness officials say is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and now, as cases of the illness continue to rise, she is warning other teenagers of the risks and urging them to kick their vaping habit.

Only half of pregnant women received flu vaccines last year, survey shows

October 11, 2019


Only about one-third of pregnant women received both the influenza and tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccines last year, even though CDC strongly recommends the vaccines for every pregnancy, according to CDC survey results published Tuesday.

Nuns ask SCOTUS to review block on Trump contraceptive coverage rules

October 11, 2019


The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns, last week asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling by a federal appeals court that blocks the Trump administration's exemptions to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules.

HHS proposes rules to update anti-kickback statutes, Stark Law

October 10, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

Number of US residents with STIs reached record high in 2018

October 10, 2019


The number of U.S. residents diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) hit a record high in 2018, with almost 2.46 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other STIs, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

Jury orders J&J to pay patient $8B over antipsychotic Risperdal

October 10, 2019


A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday ordered New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $8 billion in punitive damages to a Maryland man who claimed J&J failed to properly warn patients and providers that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could spur breast growth in boys.

Why the US won't be affected by the latest Zantac recall

October 10, 2019


GlaxoSmithKline on Tuesday announced that it is recalling the common heartburn drug Zantac in all markets as a "precaution," after FDA last week announced that it has detected "unacceptable" levels of a cancer-causing chemical in some samples of the drug—but the recall will not affect Zantac products sold in the United States.

The US 'wastes' nearly $1 trillion in health spending each year. Where does it all go?

October 9, 2019


About 25% of U.S. health care spending annually is wasteful, according to a study published Monday in JAMA. See where all the money goes on our interactive charts.

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