Health Headlines for Week of December 3, 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 Dave Dillon.    

STATE/LOCAL AND FEDERAL

Federal legislation seeks ban on shackling pregnant inmates WBUR,org, 12/5/18  

Missouri governor calls for 'long-overdue' drug-monitoring database to curb opioid abuse St. Louis Public Radio, 12/5/18 

Commentary: More federal support for opioid programs on the way DailyJournalOnline.com, 12/5/18

Bipartisan senators introduce new drug pricing bill The Hill, 12/4/18  

Missouri doctors urge new limits on prescribing opioids in hospitals St. Louis Public Radio, 12/4/18

Governor Parson hosts first-ever Rural Health Summit in Bolivar KY3.com, 12/4/18 

Despite global drop in suicides, U.S., Missouri rates are up Columbia Missourian, 12/4/18 

Patients, health providers have many decisions to make before medical marijuana is available 
Columbia Missourian, 12/4/18  

In video, Springfield police chief apologizes for destroying rape kits, bad practices
The Kansas City Star, 12/4/18 

Medical coalition updates guidelines to treat and prescribe opioids Columbia Missourian, 12/3/18 

Two state representatives pre-file bills to change HIV and drug treatment policies   
Missourinet.com, 12/3/18 

Missouri Job Center uses grant to help people work in healthcare  OzarksFirst.com, 12/4/18 

From the opioid crisis to rural hospitals, health care will be focus of Missouri governor this week St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/3/18 

Missouri prescription drug monitoring program legislation to be filed Monday by Rehder
Missourinet.com, 12/2/18 

Rate of uninsured children worsens in Missouri, nationwide Public News Service, 11/29/18 

Meet a rare breed: Missouri doctors eager to help patients try medical marijuana
The Kansas City Star, 12/2.18 

Lobbyists hired to prevent MU Health monopoly in Jeff City Columbia Daily Tribune, 12/1/18 

Letter to the Editor: Missouri's safety-net programs work to build healthy families
Columbia Missourian, 12/3/18 

Letter to the Editor: Experiment with a partial universal plan for health care
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/30/18  

BUSINESS AND RESEARCH

Walgreens is teaming up with FedEx to defend its turf from Amazon and CVS
Business Insider, 12/6/18  

The 'holy grail' for cancer diagnostics? Australian researchers claim breakthrough in new study USA TODAY, 12/4/18  

Giving patients a voice in their mental health care before they’re too ill to have a say
The New York Times, 12/3/18 

The opioid epidemic’s first corporate casualty may be a drugmaker that helped fuel the crisis Bloomberg, 12/4/18  

Employers change tactics to curb health-insurance costs The Wall Street Journal, 12/2/18

As Amazon moves into the pharmacy business, licensing efforts gain scrutiny 
STAT, 11/30/18 

HEALTH CARE QUALITY AND ORGAN DONATION

No cash, no heart. Transplant centers require proof of payment. Kaiser Health News/The New York Times, 12/5/18 

Giving patients a voice in their mental health care before they’re too ill to have a say
The New York Times, 12/3/18  

Giving patients a voice in their mental health care before they’re too ill to have a say
The New York Times, 12/3/18  

Medicare cuts payments to nursing homes whose patients keep ending up in hospital
Kaiser Health News/NPR, 12/3/18 

Why hospitals should let you sleep The New York Times, 12/3/18  

PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH INSURANCE

New study shows 1 in 6 U.S. health care workers are immigrants
PBS NewsHour, 12/5/18 

41 percent of adults don’t plan to get flu shot despite last year’s deadly season
The Hill, 12/5/18 

More raw beef recalled after nationwide salmonella outbreak 
NPR, 12/5/18  

Without Obamacare penalty, think it’ll be nice to drop your plan? Better think twice
Kaiser Health News, 12/5/18  

Trump administration peppers inboxes with plugs for private Medicare plans
The New York Times, 12/1/18 

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