Health Headlines for Week of February 18, 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

Voter initiatives, including Medicaid expansion, could get harder to pass The Wall Street Journal, 2/17/19 

STD rates in Greene County are at an all-time high, officials say 
Springfield News-Leader, 2/18/19 

Letter to the Editor: Sad state of Medicaid in Missouri makes families, children suffer

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/18/19  

Editorial: Why is Missouri dropping thousands of children from its Medicaid rolls? The Kansas City Star, 2/18/19

Editorial: It's time for a reality check on marijuana St. Joseph News-Press, 2/17/19

Senator says Medicaid's able-bodied recipients should work for benefits
Springfield News-Leader, 2/16/19

Meth's quiet resurgence Columbia Missourian, 2/17/19

Missouri hospital suspends operations in another blow to former North KC chain The Kansas City Star, 2/15/19

State association: Hospitals' online price lists confusing The Joplin Globe, 2/15/19

Commentary: Let's reimagine rural health care in Missouri Columbia Missourian, 2/15/19

Commentary: Fighting the opioid crisis in rural America Southeast Missourian, 2/16/19

Commentary: Misguided changes to national liver allocation policy will hurt Kansas City-area patients The Kansas City Star, 2/15/19

Letter to the Editor: Expanding Medicaid will better serve those already insured
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/19

Letter to the Editor: Pass legislation to protect people from surprise medical bills
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/15/19

FEDERAL

For 2020 Dem hopefuls, ‘Medicare-for-all’ is a defining issue, however they define it
Kaiser Health News/Money.com, 2/19/19  

Editorial: How much will Americans sacrifice for good health care? The New York Times, 2/16/19 

HEALTH CARE QUALITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH 

Washington state House committee passes bill to ban personal, philosophical vaccine exemptions  The Hill, 2/16/19  

This protocol may reduce MRSA infections after discharge from the hospital Forbes, 2/18/19 

Patients want private rooms, and hospitals are accommodating them 
The Boston Globe, 2/16/19  

As measles outbreak flares, vaccination rates soar and some come off the fence The New York Times, 2/16/19 

Hospital wastes a third less food after this one change Forbes, 2/18/19 

RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS

Walgreens and CVS are redesigning their drugstores to focus more on health. Here's how they compare CNBC.com, 2/18/19 

The link between menopause and Alzheimer’s The Wall Street Journal, 2/18/19 

‘Dancing in the streets’: Health tech leaders emboldened by U.S. plan to free up patient data  
STAT, 2/16/19  

As measles outbreak flares, vaccination rates soar and some come off the fence The New York Times, 2/16/19

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