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HHS Watchdog Says Iowa Failed To Collect $700,000 in Medicaid Drug Rebates

KHN Morning Briefing

The inspector general for the federal Department of Health and Human Services says that between March 2012 and December 2014 Iowa’s Medicaid program did not invoice drugmakers for the rebates that the state and federal government were entitled to. Also, California groups file suit to help some Medicaid patients stay out of managed care networks if the patients want to keep their doctors and specialized providers.

N.C. Releases Plan For Restructuring Medicaid, Improving Physical And Mental Health Care

KHN Morning Briefing

The details lay out how the state will move from a fee-for-service program to managed care. Among other Medicaid developments are news accounts on the head of Oregon’s program resigning at the governor’s request, doctors at California’s UC Davis Medical Center saying the hospital’s decision to refuse to accept Medicaid payments has hurt vulnerable patients and health care providers complaining about Colorado’s new billing system.

U.S. News Releases 2017 Rankings For Hospitals

KHN Morning Briefing

In other news, a hospital system in Houston adds more facilities while a group of physicians who are hospitalists are seeking to expand beyond Maryland.

Doctor’s Murder Raises Tough Questions About Battling Opioid Epidemic

KHN Morning Briefing

Dr. Todd Graham refused to give a patient a pain killer prescription. The woman’s husband returned with threats and a gun. Graham’s death is serving as a stark reminder to the community that doctors are on the front lines of the crisis. Meanwhile, deaths from drug overdoses in the U.S. rose sharply in the first nine months of 2016.

For Insurance Commissioners On Front Lines, Subsidies Aren’t Just A Part Of A Political Game

KHN Morning Briefing

In Washington, the subsidies for insurers have become a hot topic in the health care debates, but state insurance commissioners are more concerned about what they’ll actually have to do if they’re cut off. Without the federal subsidies, insurers would need to get the money — estimated at $7 billion to $10 billion next year — from another source. Meanwhile, in other marketplace news, Anthem is pulling out of Nevada’s exchanges and paring back its offerings in Georgia, and Molina is closing a clinic in Michigan.

Health Gap Widens Between Appalachia And Rest Of The U.S.

KHN Original

In the early 1990s, people in this economically depressed region lagged only slightly behind other parts of the country. Today, rates of infant mortality in Appalachia are significantly higher than elsewhere, and the difference in life expectancy has grown noticeably.