Health Headlines for Week of October 15, 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

Recovering addicts say rural Missouri's meth 'explosion' is a warning to the country
KCUR.org, 10/17/18

McCaskill accuses drug companies of 'unbridled greed' in visit to Cape Southeast Missourian, 10/18/18 

A person should get vaccinated': Flu shots could stop another brutal flu season
KBIA.org/St. Louis Public Radio, 10/17/18

Overland Park doctor was a model for opioid firm under indictment, Senate report saysThe Kansas City Star, 10/16/18 

Another rural Missouri hospital to close, urgent care facility to replace it Missourinet.com/KFVS-TV, 10/12/18 

Kansas ranks near bottom in percent of doctors taking Medicare; Missouri near the top
The Kansas City Star, 10/15/18 

This year’s race for Kansas governor could make or break Medicaid expansion KCUR.org, 10/15/18 

Editorial: Time for priorities The Joplin Globe, 10/14/18 

Editorial: KC voters keep raising their own taxes. When will enough be enough? 
The Kansas City Star, 10/14/18 

Truman Medical, Cerner develop new software to combat opioid addiction 
Fox4KC.com, 10/12/18 

Blunt gathers information about opioid crisis 
St. Joseph News-Press, 10/12/18 

International Institute of St. Louis gets 3-year grant to combat human trafficking
St. Louis Public Radio, 10/12/18

FEDERAL

McConnell says Senate Republicans might revisit Obamacare repeal Reuters, 10/17/18 

Medicare for all? CMS chief warns program has enough problems already
Kaiser Health News, 10/16/18

States act to safeguard young cancer patients’ chances to have children
Kaiser Health News/TONIC, 10/17/18 

Trump rule would compel drug makers to disclose prices in TV commercials
The New York Times, 10/15/18 

4,100 more Arkansans lose Medicaid over work requirements Modern Healthcare, 10/15/18  

The great American health care panic  POLITICO, 10/15/18 

Vulnerable Republicans throw ‘Hail Mary’ on pre-existing conditions 
The Hill, 10/14/18  

CAMPAIGN 2018

Health care tops guns, economy as voters’ top issue Kaiser Health News, 10/18/18

Dems shift line of attack, warning of GOP threat to Medicare AP/U.S. News & World Report, 10/17/18

Commentary: Medical marijuana shouldn’t be an easy yes for Missouri voters
The Kansas City Star, 10/17/18 

McCaskill and Hawley’s fight over pre-existing conditions gets personal The Kansas City Star, 10/15/18

Republicans are suddenly running ads on pre-existing conditions. But how accurate are they? The New York Times, 10/16/18  

Editorial: Missouri voters should keep Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senate St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/13/18 

Missouri voters must decide on 3 medical marijuana plans 
AP/Southeast Missourian, 10/13/18 

Commentary: Missourians need health care, not political games St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/13/18 

HEALTH INSURANCE AND HEALTH CARE QUALITY

What is AFM? Everything you need to know about the polio-like virus suddenly affecting children across the U.S. Los Angeles Times, 10/17/18 

What is AFM? Everything you need to know about the polio-like virus suddenly affecting children across the U.S. Los Angeles Times, 10/17/18 

Private Medicaid plans receive billions in tax dollars, with little oversight NPR/Kaiser Health News, 10/18/18 

Paralyzing polio-like illness mainly affecting children confirmed in 22 states, CDC says
The Washington Post, 10/16/18

Why it’s so hard to diagnose Zika Reuters/The New York Times, 10/17/18 

 Melania Trump to focus on opioids, newborns in hospital tour AP/The New York Times, 10/16/18  

Trump wants drug commercials to include prices. These five companies have the most at stake STAT, 10/17/18 

1,495 Americans describe the financial reality of being really sick The New York Times, 10/17/18 

CMS proposes to require manufacturers to disclose drug prices in television ads
MHA Today, 10/16/18 

Officials say child is first to die in Florida flu season The New York Times, 10/15/18  

Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach  AP, 10/15/18  

How the architecture of hospitals affect health outcomes Harvard Business Review, 10/15/18  

2019 Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles MHA Today, 10/15/18  

Medicare Advantage riding high as new insurers flock to sell to seniors Kaiser Health News, 10/15/18 

Medicare Advantage plans found to improperly deny many claims 
The New York Times, 10/13/18  

WORKFORCE AND RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY

Study challenges hospitals’ use of accrediting watchdogs The Wall Street Journal, 10/18/18 

High blood pressure of pregnancy tied to dementia later in life The New York Times, 10/17/18

The EKG is only a start. Apple wants to seize the market for patient monitoring
STAT, 10/18/18

Commentary: Why doctors need leadership training Harvard Business Review, 10/17/18 

Rural Americans are worried about addiction and jobs, but remain optimistic NPR, 10/16/18 

Babies’ sleep linked to lower obesity risks years later  The Wall Street Journal, 10/15/18  

Rich families are paying baby nurses up to $800 a day to work 22-hour shifts and teach their babies to sleep through the night Business Insider, 10/15/18   

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care AP, 10/14/18

No wonder it works so well: There may be Viagra in that herbal supplement NPR, 10/12/18

Could a pregnant woman’s antidepressants cause autism in her child? The Washington Post, 10/14/18 

Tiny nanoparticles to treat a huge problem: Snakebites The New York Times, 10/12/18 

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