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Hospital use of two popular heart medicines, nitroprusside and isoproterenol, dramatically dropped after the prices for both soared.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
In other hospital-related news, it’s proven more difficult than expected to find patients to fill Massachusetts’ increase in psychiatric beds and what city health inspectors found at Houston-area health facilities.
Three years ago, only about a quarter of the nation’s large employers were very confident they would have a health plan in 10 years. That number has now risen to 65 percent.
Appalachia is falling behind the rest of the country in infant mortality and life expectancy. And although much attention has focused on the area’s opioid crisis, the study finds that the region’s tendency to be “more accepting of tobacco use as a social norm” is a bigger factor in its health problems.
El programa otorgará $320 millones a zonas en las que el virus sigue expandiéndose. Tener un hogar seguro ayuda a llevar adelante un buen tratamiento.
Little-known rules require all health insurance companies to help pay claims when any one of them fails. Penn Treaty failed big — and insurers around the country are likely to pass those costs onto policyholders.
The small federal program once based funding on an area’s cumulative number of cases. It will now be more responsive to places where new outbreaks are occurring.
Last year, a fierce battle emerged over Sarepta’s new muscular dystrophy drug, in which FDA official Janet Woodcock approved the treatment — overruling the recommendations of a review team and an advisory committee. Newly released emails show what happened next.
The legislation says terminally ill patients can ask drug companies for experimental treatments, but companies often are reluctant to provide unapproved products for a variety of reasons. And the FDA has a system to handle requests for such drugs.
The fees account for about $1.4 billion of the FDA’s approximately $5 billion annual budget and help pay for agency reviews that get the products to the marketplace.
Cerca de 6,5 millones de personas en el país tienen heridas que tardan meses, y hasta años en sanar… si llegan a curarse. El costo, económico y psicológico, de estos padecimientos es astronómico.
Response times for emergency medical service units are about twice as long in rural areas as in urban areas, researchers say, underscoring the need for trained lay people to provide first aid until professional help arrives.
Outlets report on news from Maine, California, Florida, Rhode Island, Maryland, Kansas, New Hampshire, Texas and Pennsylvania.
The market for wound care products booms among a growing older and diabetic patient pool, but many treatments are untested and funding for research falls short.
Court allows state attorneys general to join a pending legal challenge to keep billions in subsidies flowing to consumers and insurers, despite the Trump administration’s resistance.
The nation’s second-largest insurer is shrinking its presence on Obamacare exchanges and in the broader individual market in response to prevailing uncertainty. California is just the latest — and the biggest — example.
The figure could be higher if President Trump ends an important consumer subsidy, which he has threatened to do. The exchange also announced that Anthem Blue Cross will pull out of Covered California and the overall individual market in 16 of the 19 regions it currently serves.
The FDA granted approval for Spinraza in late December for use on children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy. Insurance coverage is mostly focused on infants and children.
KHN examines the role of PBMs in the prescription drug-pricing pipeline.