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Doling Out Pain Pills Post-Surgery: An Ingrown Toenail Not The Same As A Bypass

As the opioid epidemic rages, a Johns Hopkins surgeon and researcher is leading an effort to curb overprescribing by offering procedure-specific guidelines to ensure that post-surgical patients leave the hospital with enough, but not too much, pain medication.

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Live from Aspen!

In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times report from the Spotlight Health portion of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. They’re joined by Democratic Govs. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Steve Bullock of Montana.

1 In 5 Immigrant Children Detained During ‘Zero Tolerance’ Border Policy Are Under 13

The White House’s latest immigration strategy has created challenges for the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is now responsible for more children — many far younger than in previous administrations.

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend.

‘Holy Cow’ Moment Changes How Montana’s State Health Plan Does Business

Other states are watching to see if controlling how much hospitals get paid can continue to hold down costs in “Big Sky Country.”

Special Coverage

Pre$cription for Power

Patient Advocacy Groups Take In Millions From Drugmakers. Is There A Payback?

Kaiser Health News launches “Pre$cription for Power,” a groundbreaking database to expose Big Pharma’s ties to patient groups.

Bill Of The Month

This investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR dissects and explains your medical bills every month in order to shed light on U.S. health care prices and to help patients learn how to be more active in managing costs.

Treating The Tiniest Opioid Patients

Treating The Tiniest Opioid Patients

For the babies of the opioid crisis, the best care may be mom’s recovery.

Is Your Hospital On The List?

Medicare is penalizing these 751 hospitals for patient injuries.

When Credit Scores Become Casualties Of Health Care

The complexity of health insurance coverage rules, along with market trends that leave consumers open to more out-of-pocket costs, lead to mounting medical debt for consumers.

Simple surgeries. Tragic results.

Simple Surgeries, Tragic Results

As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives.

Investigation

Liquid Gold

Pain doctors soak up profits by screening urine for drugs.

Meet The Medicaid Nation

Those relying on the federal government’s safety net are grandmothers, the kid next door, your supermarket cashier — maybe even you.

Neglect Unchecked

Neglect Unchecked

Infection lapses are rampant in nursing homes but punishment is rare, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

Weekly Podcast

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Live from Aspen!

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‘Monkey On Your Back?’

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