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Outlets report on health news from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Colorado and Ohio.
In other state hospital news, a Minnesota lawsuit involving the dissolution of the North Suburban Hospital District has been dismissed, and Pennsylvania’s Abington Memorial agrees to pay $510,000 in drug diversion settlement.
In speeches on the West Coast, the vice president says he will continue his campaign to find cures for the deadly disease and extolled young researchers to find new remedies through their “overwhelming skepticism for orthodoxy.”
The pharmaceutical company wants to show how much it is spending on research and that its sales growth isn’t coming from raising prices on drugs. Meanwhile, an acquisition plan in the biotech world could be a sign of good things to come for the industry.
A study in Health Affairs finds that one insurer’s decision to link doctors’ reimbursements to measures of quality showed improved care for all patients but the gains were greater for poorer patients. Another study looks at how small doctor practices and small insurers are being squeezed by their larger competitors.
The company is buying Surgical Care Affiliates in a $2.3 billion deal.
North Carolina’s new governor could face a time crunch if he tries to get an expansion plan approved before President Donald Trump is inaugurated. Also, The New York Times examines an effort to build a database of Medicaid patients around the country.
In what is expected to be her last speech before leaving office, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell made a final plea for the health law.
Senate Democrats took to the floor on Monday night for nearly six hours to criticize their colleagues’ plans to dismantle the health law.
The lawmakers are facing dissent from their own party by members who are concerned that there is no plan on how to replace the health law if Congress votes to repeal it.
“Patients are always saying, don’t just give me the averages, tell me what happened to others who look like me and made the same treatment decisions I did,” says Dr. Tracy Lieu, who heads Kaiser Permanente’s research division that is exploring how it might use years worth of health records to inform current patients.
In other pharmaceutical news, a GAO report finds regulation of drug compounding in small settings is weak.
The charity, the American Kidney Fund, receives money from the dialysis chains and helps patients buy insurance to cover their kidney treatments.
It’s “going to be like that slow-moving tsunami that we know is coming, and we can watch it and try to prepare for it — but in the aftermath of the tsunami, there’s devastating loss that we never could have planned for,” said Heidi Gartland, vice president for community affairs and government relations at Cleveland-based University Hospitals Health System.
Some Republican lawmakers voice concerns about dismantling the health law without having a solid replace plan in place.
Rep. Tom Price advocated on everything from a sperm test to a hot pepper ingredient on behalf of medical interests that included campaign donors.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
In other hospital news, a Massachusetts network buys its first hospital in New Hampshire, plans for a replacement hospital in New Jersey take a step forward and a transgender man says a Catholic hospital refused to perform a hysterectomy.
State lawmakers in Georgia, Minnesota, Florida, Texas and Massachusetts consider health care measures.
People who signed up for the private Medicare Advantage option can switch back to original Medicare until Feb. 14. Also, government documents show that the federal government didn’t recover millions of dollars in overcharges by Medicare Advantage plans.