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Health Headlines for Week of February 11, 2019

Author: ELIZABETH/Monday, February 11, 2019

The Missouri Hospital Association publishes “Today's Headlines,” a summary of state and national health care news, as a service to our members. Questions about “Today's Headlines” and requests for articles that require a subscription should be directed to Renee Wilde.  

STATE/LOCAL

Plan to make the poor work for Medicaid draws scorn in Missouri Senate St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/13/19  

Missouri lawmaker wants state to explain purge of families from Medicaid St. Louis Public Radio, 2/13/19

House committee tackles joinder venue bill The Missouri Times, 2/13/19 

Commentary: Food and health care access fuel workforce development St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/13/19  

What other states can teach Kansas and Missouri about expanding Medicaid KCUR.org, 2/13/19

More than 50K eligible children dropped from Medicaid in MO The St. Louis American, 2/12/19 

New report recommends $1 billion in annual savings with overhaul of Medicaid in Missouri St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/11/19

Despite some Republican reluctance, House passes prescription drug monitoring program Columbia Missourian, 2/11/19 

Springfield legislator wants more transparency on health care costs Springfield News-Leader, 2/12/19 

The heartbreak and heroism of being the X-Men in Alzheimer's disease St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/11/19 

More than 50 children killed in 3 years: Guns take a heavy toll in Kansas City area
The Kansas City Star, 2/12/19 

Kansas man learns of air ambulances’ crazy costs after unnecessary flight to KU Hospital
Fox4KC.com, 2/11/19 

Letter to the Editor: Missouri representative makes poor defense of his position
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/11/19  

Editorial: Hey Missouri, you know why every other state has an opioid tracking system?
The Kansas City Star, 2/8/19

Editorial: Don't hijack veterans in health debate St. Joseph News-Press, 2/9/19

Missouri's shrinking Medicaid rolls raise red flag on vetting process Kaiser Health News/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/11/19

Missouri gun death rate among highest in the nation, CDC says St. Louis Public Radio, 2/9/19

Missouri legislation seeks to add fentanyl trafficking to the statutes Columbia Missourian, 2/10/19

Behavioral health experts have concerns over marijuana St. Joseph News-Press, 2/10/19

Smallpox vaccination exercise improves public safety KRCGtv.com, 2/8/19

Commentary: The real Medicaid work problem is not with low-income Missourians
St. Louis American, 2/11/19 

FEDERAL

Court allows House Democrats to join Obamacare's defense POLITICO, 2/14/19

Draft federal spending deal includes largest boost for FDA in five years STAT, 2/14/19

Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER AP, 2/14/19 

Congress moves to act on gun control amid partisan debate about background checks
The Washington Post, 2/13/19 

Push for Medicare buy-in picks up with '50 and over' bill 
POLITICO, 2/13/19 

House health panel eyes putting consumer warnings on short-term plans 
Modern Healthcare, 2/13/19  

Sherrod Brown separates from Dem pack on Medicare, 'Green New Deal' proposals
POLITICO, 2/12/19 

Other states likely to follow Utah's partial Medicaid expansion Modern Healthcare, 2/11/19 

New rules could ease patients’ access to their own health records 
The Wall Street Journal, 2/11/19 

FDA launches tougher oversight of supplements 
The Washington Post, 2/11/19 

Republicans can’t wait to debate 'Medicare for all' POLITICO, 2/10/19

A top Trump health administrator faces test from newly elected Democrats The Wall Street Journal, 2/10/19

Utah plan to cut Medicaid expansion by 50,000 nears passage AP, 2/8/19 

BUSINESS

 Hospital mergers improve health? Evidence shows the opposite The New York Times, 2/11/19 

PUBLIC HEALTH AND INSURANCE

Two crises in one: As drug use rises, so does syphilis Kaiser Health News, 2/14/19

Discharged, dismissed: ERs often miss chance to set overdose survivors on ‘better path’
Kaiser Health News/TONIC, 2/15/19

Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season AP/U.S. News & World Report, 2/14/19 

Medical anthropologist explores ‘vaccine hesitancy’ NPR, 2/13/19  

What happened to bird flu? How a major threat to human health faded from view STAT, 2/13/19  

Health plans don’t want patients on opioids. So what are they doing for pain?
POLITICO, 2/12/19 

We don’t have any data’: Experts raise questions about Facebook’s suicide prevention tools STAT, 2/11/19  

Trump’s HIV strategy faces potential minefield POLITICO, 2/9/19

Washington measles outbreak draws crowd to hearing on vaccine law The Washington Post, 2/8/19

‘Pit of infection’: A border town’s crisis has nothing to do with migrants
The New York Times, 2/9/19 

PHARMACEUTICAL AND RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY

Racial disparities in cancer incidence and survival rates are narrowing NPR, 2/14/19

The instant, custom, connected future of medical devices The New York Times, 2/15/19     

U.S. launching program to spur investment in AI for health care STAT, 2/13/19  

Pay attention to this little-noticed opioid lawsuit in Oklahoma Stateline, 2/14/19  

Depression during and after pregnancy can be prevented, national panel says. Here’s how. The New York Times, 2/12/19

Depression drug related to ketamine wins endorsement of key advisory panel STAT, 2/12/19  

Why opioids hit white areas harder: Doctors there prescribe more readily, study finds
Los Angeles Times, 2/11/19 

Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/11/19 

A.I. shows promise as a physician assistant The New York Times, 2/11/19  

24-hour flu pill may not be miracle drug doctors thought The Wall Street Journal, 2/11/19

Do you sleep long hours? Many experts say it’s benign, but others aren’t sure. The Washington Post, 2/9/19 

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