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State Highlights: Ballot Initiative Seeks To Limit The Range Of Care Costs At Mass. Hospitals; N.H., Calif. Make Progress On Health Care Transparency

News outlets report on health issues in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, California, Connecticut, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida and Wisconsin.

Kaiser Health News: N.H., Calif. Seek To Help Consumers Get Details On Health Care Prices
Two states are making inroads into revealing some of the biggest secrets of health care by publishing price information to help consumers comparison shop for doctors, dentists and prescription drugs. New Hampshire, which already had the nation’s most advanced website allowing people to compare the cost of specific medical procedures, last week added prices for 16 dental procedures and 65 prescription drugs. ... California on Wednesday released an expanded version of its quality report cards on 154 large physician groups. Those cards, which already assess clinical quality and patient experiences, take a different tack than New Hampshire. (Rau, 3/10)

Los Angeles Times: Are You Pre-Diabetic? 46% Of California Adults Are, UCLA Study Finds
For decades, more and more Californians have put on weight and fallen sick with diabetes, prompting warnings that the disease was spiraling out of control. Now experts have data showing just how bleak the situation is. Researchers from UCLA determined that 55% of California adults have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetic, according to a study published Thursday. (Karlamangla, 3/10)

The Charlotte Observer: Veterans Get First Glimpse Of New Charlotte VA Health Care Center
The new Charlotte VA Health Care Center won’t open until April. But veterans and other visitors got a sneak peek Wednesday during an open house at the nearly completed building off Tyvola Road west of Interstate 77. “It’s a beautiful facility,” said Frank Gettys, 72, a Vietnam War veteran. “I’m from Gastonia, and it’s convenient for me. … It’s all brand new. There’s nothing not to like.” (Garloch, 3/10)

The Associated Press: Long A Niche, Street Medicine For Homeless Heads Mainstream
They're house calls without the house. Far from the sterile confines of a doctor's office or hospital, Brett Feldman looks for homeless people where they're most likely to be found — in wooded encampments, under bridges, along riverbanks, at soup kitchens — and treats them for ailments ranging from diabetes to trench foot, mental illness to substance abuse. (Rubinkam, 3/10)

The Orlando Sentinel: Zika Update: First Sexually Transmitted Case Confirmed In Florida
Polk County reported the first confirmed sexually-transmitted case of Zika in Florida, the state health department said on Wednesday. The news comes a day after the World Health Organization said that sexual transmission of Zika is more common than previously thought. According to reports, United states is investigating more than a dozen possible such cases. (Miller, 3/9)

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: 4 New, Nonfatal Cases Of Deadly Bacterial Infection Reported
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported four new cases of the bacterial strain Elizabethkingia anophelisthat is linked to more than a dozen deaths in Wisconsin. The new cases bring the total number of people infected to 48. No deaths were reported among the new cases. Indeed, the number of deaths has been revised downward from 18 to 15. (Fauber, 3/9)

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