Health Headlines Week of August 13, 2018

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

Babies born dependent on opioids need touch, not tech KBIA.org, 8/16/18

SSM Health in talks to sell multiple Missouri hospitals outside St. Louis market
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/16/18

McCaskill on pre-existing conditions: “We’ve got to figure out a way to take care of them that makes the most financial sense” Missourinet.com, 8/15/18

Government awards $3 million to Missouri's safety net health centers St. Louis Public Radio, 8/15/18

Source: MU Health Care signs letter of intent to take ownership of SSM Health St. Mary's
KRCG.com, 8/15/18 

Phelps County signed agreement to fully implement Prescription Drug Monitoring Program The Rolla Daily News, 8/14/18

Missouri turnover rate for hospital jobs climbs nearly 2% Becker's Hospital Review, 8/14/18 

The Affordable Care Act is a key issue in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race Missourinet.com, 8/14/18

What do Missouri's Senate candidates think of medical pot and other hot-button ballot items? St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/14/18

Tech skill warning: If firms can't find workers here, they'll go elsewhere St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/14/18

How will the PDMP impact the opioid crisis in Phelps County? The Rolla Daily News, 8/13/18

Welcome to Missouri – after you have your children St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/13/18

Health care costs leave Missourians facing tough decisions. How can they be lowered?

The Kansas City Star, 8/13/18

Mid-Missouri hospitals to launch pilot program to help those opioid addicts   Missourinet.com, 8/13/18

Missouri hospitals struggle to retain certain employees Jefferson City News Tribune, 8/12/18

Commentary: Sen. Roy Blunt: Short-term health insurance will benefit millions of Americans FoxNews.com, 8/12/18 

FEDERAL

Surprise gift: Free tuition for all N.Y.U. medical students The New York Times, 8/16/18

Trump readies new round of controversial Medicaid changes POLITICO, 8/16/18

GOP’s midterm peril: What if they win on killing Obamacare? POLITICO, 8/17/18

Trump calls on Justice Department to sue opioid companies The Wall Street Journal, 8/16/18 

Senate study faults government care of migrant children AP/ABC News, 8/15/18 

New lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s support for Medicaid work requirements
The Washington Post, 8/14/18 

As Catholic hospitals expand, so do limits on some procedures The New York Times, 8/10/18

A judge blocked a Medicaid work requirement. The White House is undeterred. The New York Times, 8/11/18

States fight Trump on non-Obamacare health plans The Hill, 8/12/18

Lax state ethics rules leave health agencies vulnerable to conflicts POLITICO, 8/12/18 

PUBLIC HEALTH

FDA approves the first generic version of EpiPen STAT, 8/16/18 

2017 was the worst year ever for drug overdose deaths in America Vox.com, 8/16/18 

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain AP, 8/15/18 

Bleak new estimates in drug epidemic: A record 72,000 overdose deaths in 2017
The New York Times, 8/15/18

Report finds traces of a controversial herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats
The New York Times, 8/15/18

Few hospitals dedicate space for family caregivers, but that could change Modern Healthcare, 8/15/18

Should you choose a female doctor? The New York Times, 8/14/18

A traumatic brain injury may increase the risk of suicide, study says The Washington Post, 8/14/18 

Commentary: Our doctors are too educated The Washington Post, 8/13/18  

States leverage federal funds to help insurers lower premiums Kaiser Health News/Governing, 8/15/18

To keep you healthy, health insurers may soon pay your rent Forbes, 8/14/18  

They thought hemophilia was a ‘lifelong thing.’ They may be wrong. The New York Times, 8/13/18

Tech giants pledge to ease patient, provider access to health data The Wall Street Journal, 8/13/18 

To address school shootings, U.S. wants students to learn bleeding-control techniques  The New York Times, 8/13/18

Patients often end up with expensive medical bills, even when they go to in-network facilities: Analysis The Hill, 8/13/18 

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial Reuters, 8/10/18

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