Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate...
Will combo pill catch on in US to prevent heart attacks?
A cheap, daily pill that combines four drugs has been tested for the first time in the United States to see if it works as well among low-income Americans as it has in other countries to treat...
Humana co-founder David Jones Sr. dies
David A. Jones Sr., who borrowed $1,000 to launch a nursing home company that grew into the $37 billion health insurance and health care giant Humana Inc., died Wednesday at age 88.
Purdue Pharma to stay in business as bankruptcy unfolds
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Tuesday for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits...
‘Blood money’? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales
The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin.
Tennessee unveils $7.9B block grant proposal for Medicaid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to receive its Medicaid funding in a lump sum under a proposal seeking to drastically overhaul the program that...
Purdue Pharma begins Chapter 11 bankruptcy journey
NEW YORK (AP) — Purdue Pharma gets its day in court Tuesday after the OxyContin maker filed for bankruptcy and negotiated a potential multi-billion dollar settlement to resolve thousands of...
Can Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement win judge’s approval?
BOSTON (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has embarked on a multibillion-dollar plan to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's deadly opioid crisis by transforming itself in bankruptcy...
‘Once you have it, you need it’: Opioid epidemic still rages
As lawyers exchange mountains of paper and dicker over the details of a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, Americans are dying from opioids by the tens of thousands in an epidemic that...
Chaotic talks show challenge of reaching opioid settlement
For months, the judge overseeing national litigation over the opioids crisis urged all sides to reach a settlement that could end thousands of lawsuits filed by state and local...
Settlement money won’t restore Ohio city upended by opioids
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The tentative settlement involving the opioid crisis and the maker of OxyContin could mean that thousands of local governments will one day be paid back for some of the costs of...
Idaho officials taking comments on Medicaid expansion waiver
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are taking public comments while considering a Medicaid waiver that would require patients to get a referral from a primary physician before they can get family...
Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes and reduce their appeal to youngsters have sputtered under industry pressure in over a half-dozen states this year even as one state,...
Maryland woman convicted of felony Medicaid fraud
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland attorney general's office says a woman has been convicted of felony Medicaid fraud after claiming that she was providing care for a client with developmental...
Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A tentative settlement announced Wednesday over the role Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis falls short of the far-reaching national settlement the...
What’s ahead after the Purdue tentative settlement
CLEVELAND (AP) — Wednesday's tentative $12 billion settlement by some state, local and tribal governments with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and the company's owners could shape...
VA may have to pay billions in vets’ emergency care bills
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government may be required to pay billions of dollars in emergency care claims to veterans after a federal court ruled this week that the Department of Veterans Affairs...
- Post-BulletinAnalysis: 2M health jobs at stake in 'Medicare for All'June 15, 2019
- Sioux City JournalLETTER: Health care system needs proper balanceMay 29, 2019
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens' VoiceNo Road Back From ‘Medicare For All’April 17, 2019
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Maine lawmakers to take another look at health care reform
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some Maine lawmakers are preparing to start tackling health care reform proposals that could go to the full Legislature when it returns in January.
New Mexico to bolster Medicaid spending on mental health
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is seeking to bolster access to a variety of health care services, including mental health treatment, in rural areas with a $78.5 million proposed increase in...
Clock is ticking on NY deadline for student vaccinations
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — When New York lawmakers revoked a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations, the change sent thousands of the state's parents scrambling to get their kids shots —...
Some states, towns skeptical over proposed opioid settlement
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An offer from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family to settle some 2,000 lawsuits over their contribution to the national opioid crisis is receiving growing...
Anti-smoking advocates bemoan “faltering” pace of FDA action
WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other...
US agency sees low risk in contaminated blood pressure drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Wednesday tried to reassure patients that they face very low risks from ongoing contamination problems with widely prescribed blood pressure...
OxyContin maker negotiating settlement worth a reported $12B
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Purdue Pharma would devote its profits to cleaning up the devastation wrought by opioids, and the controlling Sackler family would be out, under a $10 billion to $12 billion...
Washington expands access to opioid reversal medication
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Pharmacies across Washington state can now dispense opioid overdose reversal medication without a prescription.
Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy signed a...
OxyContin maker, governments in talks to settle lawsuits
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — States and local governments are in talks to settle lawsuits with the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin that is facing billions of dollars in potential liability...
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- Globe NewswireUtah Outpacing Nation in Health Care Innovation, Cambia Grove Report FindsJanuary 30, 2019
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Biden health plan aims far beyond legacy of ‘Obamacare’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wrapping himself in the legacy of "Obamacare," Joe Biden is offering restless Democrats a health care proposal that goes far beyond it, calling for a government plan almost...
What lies ahead following Oklahoma opioid judgment
Oklahoma's $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson will likely be followed by more trials and legal settlements seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has...
Judge orders drugmaker to pay $572 million in opioid lawsuit
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million,...
Delaware hospital system to review state prison health care
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's largest hospital system will conduct a review of medical and behavioral health care in state prisons.
Department of Correction officials said Thursday that...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders vigorously defended his signature "Medicare for All" proposal Wednesday after criticism from his 2020 rival Joe Biden and called on his fellow Democratic...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was on friendly turf when he appeared in January 2018 at a San Francisco health care conference to call for urgency in the search for a cancer cure. He had come before...
Colorado’s lt. governor named COO of Columbia hospital
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's lieutenant governor is returning to the health care industry after leaving office.
Columbia University Irving Medical Center announced Wednesday that Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne will become chief operating officer of the New York hospital and also chief executive officer of the hospital's faculty practice, Columbia Doctors, on Jan. 15.
Election Impact: Health care stocks jump following midterms
NEW YORK (AP) — The outcome of the midterm elections was good for the stock market in general, mostly because it didn't produce any big surprises, but it was especially good for the health care industry and several other companies.
Health insurers rose sharply Wednesday as investors anticipated that any prospects of repealing the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance to millions of Americans, diminished greatly now that Democrats control the House of Representatives.
Iowa hospitals say Medicaid change will cost them millions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials running the state's Medicaid program have changed the way hospitals are paid for emergency room care which allows insurance companies to deny or reduce payment for hundreds of symptoms causing hospitals to absorb millions of dollars in unpaid bills.
Report: Jobs in health care industry continue to rise
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The number of jobs in New York's health care industry continues to rise, with that sector of the state's economy contributing about $71 billion in wages last year.
That's according to a new report released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The Democrat says health care jobs statewide topped 1.2 million in 2017, an increase of more than 18 percent over the past decade.
That hot lunch delivered to your door? Your health insurer might pick up the tab.
The cleaning crew that fixed up your apartment while you recovered from a stroke? The hospital staff helped set that up.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A study by a coalition of Wisconsin health care organizations says the state's shortage of long-term care providers is continuing to grow.
Health care industry adjusts to meet Baby Boomers’ desire to stay in their own homes
Local care providers say it’s not just the dynamics and size of the Baby Boomer population that’s changing the ways health care is delivered – it’s also a matter of what people want. And what they want is to stay home.
The so-called “Silver Tsunami,” which refers to an aging Baby Boomer population with a much longer life expectancy than previous generations, has created a demand in all sectors of health care. And in-home health care services mirror the population shift.
What if the state set health care prices? Hospital officials share their thoughts on AB 3087
Local perspectives vary on a proposed measure that would establish a state commission to set rates for health care services. It all depends on who you ask. The bill introduced on Monday has already made waves in the state’s health care industry.
If approved by the Legislature, Assembly Bill 3087 would essentially allow the state to determine prices for medical services covered by commercial insurers. Programs like Medicare and Medicaid wouldn’t be affected by the change.
California bill would create health care price controls
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's government would set prices for hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services under legislation introduced Monday, vastly remaking the industry in a bid to lower health care costs.
The proposal, which drew swift opposition from the health care industry, comes amid a fierce debate in California as activists on the left push aggressively for a system that would provide government-funded insurance for everyone in the state.
SPRINGFIELD — Health care industry veteran Joe Mark will lead PeaceHealth Oregon on an interim basis, PeaceHealth announced Monday.
Mark is to replace CEO Rand O’Leary, who will leave PeaceHealth on April 20.
Mark has been hired to lead PeaceHealth in Lane County until a permanent replacement for O’Leary is found after a national job search.
With 5,233 employees, PeaceHealth is the largest health care system in Lane County.
New leadership to guide Rideout Health through its affiliation with Adventist
Starting next week, Rideout Health will have someone new at the helm as the organization officially begins its affiliation with Adventist Health.
The local health care organization announced current CEO Gino Patrizio will be replaced with an interim president, and the transition process is expected to begin April 2.
LOWELL -- In his bid for the 3rd Congressional District, Patrick Littlefield stands as one of the race's political newcomers. With experience founding a business in the health care industry and running a program at the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, though, Littlefield believes he offers enough unique and relevant qualifications to separate him from even the most seasoned candidates.
Local health care organizations breathed a sigh of relief last month when voters passed Measure 101, securing $550 million for Oregon’s Medicaid program through mid-2019.
The vote preserved taxes on hospitals and health insurers to help pay for the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon’s version of Medicaid, the government-funded health insurance plan for low-income and disabled people.
Why Amazon and friends’ plan could be a major disrupter of health care system
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Hartford HealthCare president says company must keep up with ‘blinding’ change
Norwich — People who work for hospital systems like Hartford HealthCare are going to have to start thinking about patients as customers, too, the company's President and CEO Elliot Joseph said Tuesday.
State hears from residents on planned hospital closure
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island health officials have heard from community members on the planned closure of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.
Many attendees at the Monday meeting in Pawtucket pleaded for the hospital to remain open, saying nearby residents may not be able to travel to other hospitals. Others noted that the closing of hospitals like Memorial reflects the changing health care industry.