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Yesterday โ€” July 20th 2018NPR Health Care

Doctors Raise Alarm About Shortages Of Pain Medications

By Wade Goodwyn
A pharmacy technician prepares syringes containing an injectable anesthetic in the sterile medicines area of the inpatient pharmacy at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.

A survey of anesthesiologists found that 95 percent say it is impacting patient care. Surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, intensive care unit doctors are also impacted.

(Image credit: Rick Bowmer/AP)

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:11

VA Whistleblowers 10 Times More Likely Than Peers To Receive Disciplinary Action

By Eric Westervelt
A sign marks the entrance to a VA Hospital in Hines, Ill.

A new report by the Government Accountability Office also found that nearly two-thirds of individuals who filed formal complaints did not work for Veterans Affairs the following year.

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  • July 19th 2018 at 23:04
Before yesterdayNPR Health Care

Can A Community Hospital Stick To Its Mission When It Goes For-Profit?

By Steven Findlay
Proponents of hospital mergers say the change can help struggling nonprofit hospitals "thrive," with an infusion of cash to invest in updated technology and top clinical staff. But research shows the price of care, especially for low-income patients, usually rises when a hospital joins a for-profit corporation.

After 130 years as a nonprofit hospital with deep roots in North Carolina, Mission Health is seeking to be bought by HCA Healthcare, the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain.

(Image credit: Jens Magnusson/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

  • July 19th 2018 at 15:26

Louisiana's New Approach To Treating Hepatitis C

By Alison Kodjak

Louisiana is working with Gilead Sciences and other companies on a deal that would change how the state pays for expensive hepatitis C drugs, with the goal of eliminating the disease in that state.

  • July 19th 2018 at 11:17

How Drug Companies Control How Their Drugs Are Covered By Medicaid

By Alison Kodjak

NPR's Alison Kodjak and the Center for Public Integrity have been looking at how the drug industry tries to keep Medicaid money flowing. Here they examine the industry's massive lobbying efforts.

  • July 18th 2018 at 22:45

Investigation: Patients' Drug Options Under Medicaid Heavily Influenced By Drugmakers

By Liz Essley Whyte
Drug companies have infiltrated nearly every part of the process that determines how their drugs will be covered by Medicaid.

Drug companies have infiltrated nearly every part of the process that determines how their drugs will be covered by Medicaid, an investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity finds.

(Image credit: Paul Blow for NPR)

  • July 18th 2018 at 11:00

Insurers And Government Are Slow To Cover Expensive CAR-T Cancer Therapy

By Michelle Andrews
Some critically ill patients who received a CAR-T cell treatment have remained cancer-free for as long as five years, researchers say. But the price is high.

Treatment costs for the immunotherapy can run to more than $1 million. Some state Medicaid programs aren't paying for the treatment, and Medicare's complicated payment rates have hospitals worried.

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  • July 17th 2018 at 14:02

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You โ€” And It Could Raise Your Rates

By Marshall Allen
Without scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on public data about things like race, marital status, your TV consumption and even if you buy plus-size clothing.

Without scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on public data about things like race, marital status, your TV consumption and even if you buy plus-size clothing.

(Image credit: Justin Volz for ProPublica)

  • July 17th 2018 at 11:00

To Improve Treatments, Researchers Want To Hunt For Clues In Medical Records

By Richard Harris
Information that could refine the uses of approved drugs may lie deep inside patients

The vast amount of data held in electronic medical records and insurance bills contains bits that could be useful in refining the use of approved for drugs. But how to find it?

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  • July 15th 2018 at 13:30

The State Of The Affordable Care Act

By Alison Kodjak

The Trump administration has made more moves that may further destabilize the Affordable Care Act.

  • July 14th 2018 at 14:22

Abortion Rights Groups Prepare For Intensified Battle At The State Level

By Sarah McCammon

Abortion rights advocates are concerned that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court might reverse or substantially erode Roe v. Wade. Under that scenario, states could have free reign to restrict the procedure.

  • July 12th 2018 at 23:09

Report: 1.6 Billion Opioid Doses Poured Into Missouri Over 6 Years

By Alison Kodjak
Prescription opioids like OxyContin flooded Missouri during the past six years.

A Senate investigation into prescription opioids in Missouri finds that pharmaceutical wholesalers had different standards for reporting suspicious orders to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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  • July 12th 2018 at 17:39

Cities Planning Supervised Drug Injection Sites Fear Justice Department Reaction

By Bobby Allyn
At safe injection sites like Insite, in Vancouver, Canada, drug users can inject drugs under the watch of trained medical staff who will help in case of overdose.

More than a dozen cities from San Francisco to New York are trying to open safe injection sites for heroin users. But worries about a crackdown from the Justice Department have local leaders on edge.

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  • July 12th 2018 at 11:21

A Simple Emergency Room Intervention Can Help Cut Suicide Risk

By Rhitu Chatterjee
Research shows that people taken to an emergency room after a suicide attempt are at high risk of another attempt in the next several months. But providing them with a simple "safety plan" before discharge reduced that risk by as much as 50 percent.

ER workers helped patients who arrived after a suicide attempt develop a tailored "safety plan" that included coping strategies of what to do and whom to call if the urge arose again.

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  • July 11th 2018 at 18:50

Has Genetic Privacy Been Strained By Trump's Recent ACA Moves?

By Michelle Andrews
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act still prohibits your insurer from using the results of genetic tests against you. But the ACA

As the Trump administration decides not to defend the Affordable Care Act's legal protections for people with pre-existing conditions, questions arise about health insurance and genetic information.

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  • July 11th 2018 at 14:02

Supreme Court Nominee May Be Hard To Pin Down On Obamacare

By Alison Kodjak

Brett Kavanaugh, the president's Supreme Court nominee, will have a chance to leave his mark on a series of health care cases — and specifically the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

  • July 11th 2018 at 10:59

Democrats Say Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Is A Threat To The ACA

By Julie Rovner
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (from left), Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Vice President Pence met on Capitol Hill Tuesday, ahead of meetings with Republican senators. Democrats vow to challenge Kavanaugh

Senate Democrats see defense of the Affordable Care Act's popular provisions as a rally issue that could keep their caucus unified when Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation battle heats up.

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  • July 11th 2018 at 11:00

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Could Leave His Mark On Many Health Care Cases

By Alison Kodjak

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, will have a chance to leave his mark on a series of health care cases, including ones related to Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood.

  • July 10th 2018 at 22:27

If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion

By Julie Rovner
Activists outside the Supreme Court in January voiced their support for abortion rights nationwide.

As with current abortion policies, a reversal of the landmark court decision would mean a woman's access to the procedure would continue to be determined by where she lives.

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  • July 10th 2018 at 19:21

Q&A: Wider Knowledge About Cancer Prevention Would Reduce U.S. Deaths

By Paul Chisholm
"Our health care systems need to adjust a little to try to get knowledge about cancer prevention to everybody," says Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society.

Cancer death rates remain high for some groups of people, including African-Americans, despite general gains made in recent decades. The American Cancer Society has ideas about reducing the gaps.

(Image credit: American Cancer Society)

  • July 10th 2018 at 18:19
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