Health Headlines Week of July 17, 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

Stories of addiction highlight Springfield opioid summit Springfield News-Leader, 7/20/17

Missouri, Illinois report first cases of West Nile virus in 2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/20/17 

Local hospitals brace for heat exhaustion surge Fox4KC.com, 7/20/17 

High cost of treating epilepsy pushes couple to start foundation 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/20/17 

Senator balks at Greitens’ drug monitoring plan over campaign cash  

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/20/17 

Letter to the Editor: Routine dental care is out of reach for many Missourians
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/21/17 

As Senate wrestles with health care, McCaskill says individual mandate could be on table
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/19/17 

Greitens pushes for coordinated law enforcement effort to tackle drug problem

Southeast Missourian, 7/20/17 

Do prescription drug monitoring programs actually curb opioid abuse?
St. Louis Public Radio, 7/19/17 

Doctors seek colleagues' help to practice medicine OzarksFirst.com, 7/19/17 

Mental health stigma in rural areas has unique factors KRCU.org, 7/19/17

Healthcare-provider groups call for bipartisan healthcare deal HealthLeaders, 7/19/17

Commentary: Blame Donald Trump for the collapse of health care reform
The Kansas City Star, 7/19/17 

Commentary: How Medicaid expansion turned into a runaway locomotive Columbia Missourian, 7/20/17 

Editorial: Greitens' drug monitoring plan falls short of the model St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/17

Editorial: Yet another GOP health care bill bites the dust. Good St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/17

Editorial: Republicans should move on from Obamacare repeal The Kansas City Star, 7/18/17

Missouri’s senators respond to GOP falling short of health care plan support
Missourinet.com, 7/18/17

To survive, rural hospitals need to grow—but the demographics don’t add up
St. Louis Public Radio, 7/19/17

Missouri urged to create database of prescriptions for controlled substances
The Wall Street Journal, 7/18/17

Debate over painkiller abuse monitoring isn't over in Missouri, key lawmakers say
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/19/17

Officials worry Greitens' drug program may not mesh with current efforts
Columbia Missourian, 7/18/17

Freeman provides support to those with healthcare policy concerns
FourStatesHomepage.com, 7/18/17

Editorial: Gov. Eric Greitens orders needed drug monitoring program but stumbles on the details The Kansas City Star, 7/17/17

Editorial: Cigarette tax increase needed in Missouri 
The Joplin Globe, 7/18/17 

Gov. Greitens signs executive order to establish drug monitoring program

Missourinet.com, 7/17/17

BCRA's proposed Medicaid cuts stand at the 'intersection of value and values'
HealthLeaders, 7/17/17 
  
Much at stake for patients, hospitals The Examiner, 7/18/17 

Hospitals embrace robotic surgery, despite cost questions The Kansas City Star, 7/17/17 

Local hospitals start to see impact of nursing shortage FourStatesHomepage.com, 7/17/17 

SSM, Missouri Care reach agreement  St. Louis Business Journal, 7/18/17 

Hospital district eyed in Callaway Jefferson City News Tribune, 7/18/17 

Letter to the Editor: Missouri offers help with ER issues, policies St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/17 

Editorial: Senators should walk away from proposed health bill, toward compromise  Springfield News-Leader, 7/15/17

Editorial: We need nurses The Joplin Globe, 7/16/17

High number of opioid prescriptions - county among highest in nation Washington Missourian, 7/15/17

Report: Workforce vacancies in nursing reach record high in Missouri The Joplin Globe

Springfield campus expands to meet growing demand in health care field KY3.com

Price sensitive? Health plans with no out-of-network benefits heat up in employer market
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/16/17

Meth making a comeback, but it's not your neighbors cooking it anymore
Stateline/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/17/17

Thousands of Missourians are about to be cut from prescription drug program
The Kansas City Star, 7/16/17

Technology plays increasing role in health care St. Joseph News-Press, 7/17/17

Letter to the Editor: GOP bill to defund Medicaid is not meant to help states
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/14/17 

FEDERAL

Cloud of confusion hangs over health-care bill The Washington Post, 7/20/17 

GOP floats proposal to ease Medicaid cuts 
The Wall Street Journal, 7/20/17 

Trump’s war of attrition against Obamacare 
POLITICO, 7/21/17 

Revised GOP healthcare bill would still leave millions without insurance, new report concludes 
Los Angeles Times, 7/20/17 

These Americans hated the health law. Until the idea of repeal sank in. 
The New York Times, 7/20/17 

Trump plan might cut expenses for some insured patients with chronic needs
Kaiser Health News, 7/21/17 

Trump demands that senators find a way to replace Obamacare The New York Times,  

Senate Republicans still at impasse after late-night health care meeting 
POLITICO, 7/19/17  
Freedom Caucus to try to force vote on Obamacare repeal 
POLITICO, 7/19/17 

CBO: Senate Republican Obamacare repeal plan would increase uninsured by 32 million in 2026 
USA TODAY, 7/19/17 

Cruz plan gets thumbs up from HHS but thumbs down from most everyone else
Kaiser Health News, 7/19/17 

White House working with moderates on new Medicaid proposal
The Hill, 7/19/17 

Hospitals fight to keep Medicare drug subsidies
The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/17 

Congress squares off over drug pricing and a controversial drug discount program
Kaiser Health News, 7/18/17 

Commentary: In health care, Republicans could learn from Rwanda The New York Times, 7/18/17  

Latinos left out of clinical trials … and possible cures Kaiser Health News/USA TODAY, 7/19/17 

How the Senate health care bill failed: G.O.P. divisions and a fed-up president The New York Times, 7/18/17 

‘Let Obamacare fail,’ Trump says as G.O.P. health bill collapses The New York Times,  

Senate Democrats open to bipartisan health talks — after repeal fails POLITICO, 7/18/17 

Medicaid shows its political clout POLITICO, 7/19/17 

With collapse of GOP health care effort, Congress faces a long ‘to-do’ list for health policy
STAT, 7/18/17 

With health-bill collapse, Republicans face uncertain electoral future in 2018
The Washington Post, 7/18/17

Health care overhaul collapses as two Republican Senators defect The New York Times, 7/17/17 

Why is Mitch McConnell still calling for a health-care vote? The Washington Post, 7/18/17 

Trump blindsided by implosion of GOP health care bill 
POLITICO, 7/18/17 

Old truth trips up G.O.P. on health law: A benefit is hard to retract 
The New York Times, 7/17/17 

McCain’s surgery will delay Senate votes on health care bill The New York Times, 7/15/17 

Governors give chilly reception to health bill push The New York Times, 7/15/17 

‘Bare bones’ insurance policies really only work for people who are healthy
The Washington Post, 7/15/17

Trump's no 'dying in the streets' pledge faces reality check AP/ABC News, 7/15/17 

Analysis: Senate’s latest health blueprint cuts costs at the expense of chronically ill
Kaiser Health News, 7/17/17 

BUSINESS

Another CBO estimate on latest Senate health care reform bill — BCRA of 2017
MHA Today, 7/20/17

More from CBO on the Senate health care reform bill; BCRA of 2017 
MHA Today, 7/20/17 

U.S. News postpones release of hospital rankings due to data errors
STAT, 7/17/17 

How hospitals got richer off Obamacare POLITICO, 7/17/17 

PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH INSURANCE

Opioid treatment funds in Senate bill would fall far short of needs NPR, 7/20/17  

Obamacare payments to continue The Hill, 7/19/17 

Half of Americans have diabetes or a high risk for it — and many of them are unaware
Los Angeles Times, 7/18/17

Health insurers’ next Obamacare scare is just two days away Bloomberg, 7/18/17 

How much are Republicans willing to pay to move Medicaid enrollees into private insurance? Modern Healthcare, 7/17/17 

5 ways GOP reforms could change your health plan options Kaiser Health News, 7/18/17 

CMS issues changes to the PFS and other part B services; Medicare shared savings program requirements; and the Medicare diabetes prevention program for CY 2018 MHA Today, 7/17/17  

CMS releases proposed updates to the CY 2018 hospital OPPS and ASC program
MHA Today, 7/17/17  

Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too Kaiser Health News, 7/14/17 

WORKFORCE

Women CEOs, nurses get short end of salaries Modern Healthcare, 7/19/17

Doctor shortage in rural Arizona sparks another crisis in 'forgotten America' NPR, 7/14/17 

RESEARCH

Certain antibiotics may increase risk of birth defects The New York Times, 7/20/17 
Depression among heart attack survivors can be deadly, yet is often ignored Kaiser Health News, 7/20/17 

U.S. researchers are trying a series of life hacks to try to ward of dementia
Los Angeles Times, 7/19/17 

Interrupted sleep may lead to Alzheimer’s, new studies show The Washington Post, 7/18/17 

A growing number of people make mistakes when they take their medication The Washington Post, 7/16/17

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