Health Headlines for Week of August 14, 2017

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 Struemph.

STATE/LOCAL

KC sits in ‘holding pattern’ with ACA marketplace uncertainty Kansas City Business Journal, 8/17/17

U.S. Senators differ on how to get high speed internet to rural Missouri Missourinet.com, 8/18/17

McCaskill at town hall: ‘My job isn’t to fight the president’ The Kansas City Star, 8/17/17

[Corrected to exclude hospitals] CON subcommittee proposes minimum occupancy requirement for long term care beds The Missouri Times, 8/16/17 

Group of people with disabilities sour after Medicaid meeting at Blunt's Springfield office
Springfield News-Leader, 8/16/17 

KanCare last in customer satisfaction, J.D. Power reports The Kansas City Star, 8/16/17 

Some of Greitens' budget cuts for Missouri agencies are still a mystery St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/16/17

CON subcommittee proposes minimum occupancy requirement for hospital bedsThe Missouri Times, 8/15/17

Select Medical opening 38-bed acute care center at Missouri Baptist St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/15/17

Centene expands footprint in Illinois St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/15/17

For those who are injured, the price of gun violence is lifelong St. Louis Public Radio, 8/16/17

MU study finds successful ways to reduce hospital admissions of St. Louis nursing home residents St. Louis Public Radio, 8/15/17

Missouri braces for massive inflow of visitors for once-in-a-lifetime eclipse  Missourinet.com, 8/15/17

50,000 more drug disposal pouches donated to Mo. to fight opioid epidemic
The Missouri Times, 8/15/17

Editorial: Opioid crisis now official St. Joseph News-Press, 8/15/17 

Cape County adopts prescription drug database plan 
Southeast Missourian, 8/15/17 

Mosaic, Northwest Medical Center announces expansion of hospital 
St. Joseph News-Press, 8/14/17 

Most U.S. teenagers do not get HPV vaccines to prevent cancer 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/17

As net neutrality debate continues, Blunt pushes for rural expansion of broadband
The Missouri Times, 8/14/17

Letter to the Editor: Even conservative Missouri can expand Medicaid
Springfield News-Leader, 8/14/17 

Editorial: Want to know if Vivitrol is right for you? Ask your judge
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/13/17

Editorial: A renewed call for primary seat belt law Jefferson City News Tribune, 8/13/17

‘Bad for the disabled, bad for taxpayers’: In-home care cuts hit Missouri families
The Kansas City Star, 8/11/17

State plan to check on welfare scammers floundering St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/17

Insurer alerts Medicaid members of privacy violation St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/17 

FEDERAL

Time crunch among hurdles for bipartisan Senate push to bolster ACA Morning Consult, 8/18/17 

White House: Health-insurer payments will be made in August The Wall Street Journal, 8/16/17 

Often missing in the health care debate: Women’s voices Kaiser Health News, 8/17/17 

Docs, hospitals respond to CMS retreat on bundled payments 
Medpage Today/HealthLeaders, 8/16/17 

CBO: Pulling Obamacare subsidies would drive up premiums, increase deficit
POLITICO, 8/15/17 

White House to pressure McConnell on Obamacare The Hill, 8/16/17 

CMS moves to cancel Medicare programs overhauling some hospital payments
STAT, 8/15/17 

CBO to release report Tuesday on ending Obamacare insurer payments The Hill, 8/14/17

Trump aides predicting 'brutal' September POLITICO, 8/13/17 

HEALTH CARE QUALITY

Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds  NPR/ProPublica, 8/17/17 

Doctor shortage under Obamacare? It didn’t happen The New York Times, 8/14/17  

Rural America's childbirth crisis: The fight to save Whitney Brown The Wall Street Journal, 8/13/17

Results of CMS' readmissions program has hospitals, experts questioning its purpose
Modern Healthcare, 8/12/17 

Commentary: The future of value-based payment—time to reexamine and refocus our efforts Health Affairs, 8/11/17 

HEALTH INSURANCE

How to handle a large, unexpected medical bill The Wall Street Journal, 8/15/17 

Trump administration could zap Obamacare enrollment by dropping outreach deals
CNBC.com, 8/14/17 

Health insurers get more time to calculate increases for 2018 The New York Times, 8/13/17 

Health insurers struggle to win reprieve of Obamacare tax Bloomberg, 8/11/17 

PUBLIC HEALTH

Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom
Kaiser Health News/NBC News, 8/18/17 

Hate in the ER: Oregon doctor says some refuse her treatment because of her race
The Kansas City Star, 8/16/17 

Doctors criticize Express Scripts for plan to limit opioids Washington Examiner, 8/16/17 

4 questions about Trump’s emergency declaration on opioids STAT, 8/11/17 

PHARMACEUTICAL

Solar eclipse could make for busy ERs
HealthLeaders, 8/18/17 

Healthcare data breaches caused by hacks are on the rise Modern Healthcare, 8/16/17  

Climbing cost of decades-old drugs threatens to break Medicaid bank Kaiser Health News/The Daily Beast, 8/14/17 

New numbers reveal huge disparities in opioid prescribing Stateline, 8/14/17  

RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY 

Don't blame the surgeons: Long-term opioid use rarely starts with surgery, study finds
Los Angeles Times, 8/17/17

Gun sellers join forces to curb suicide-by-firearm, rampant in rural areas Kaiser Health News, 8/17/17 

Doctors from top medical schools prescribe fewer opioid painkillers NBC News, 8/15/17 

Doctors warm to single-payer health care Kaiser Health News, 8/16/17  

Why early peeks at drug trials are giving investors whiplash The Wall Street Journal, 8/14/17 

The new conundrum about when to stop antibiotics The Wall Street Journal, 8/14/17  

A cancer conundrum: Too many drug trials, too few patients The New York Times, 8/12/17  

WebMD wants to go beyond medical information The Wall Street Journal, 8/13/17

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