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Barbara Bush Is Receiving Comfort Care — Here’s What That Entails

KHN Morning Briefing

It was announced that former first lady Barbara Bush will not seek further medical treatment beyond comfort care for her failing health. People who opt for comfort care receive treatment only for their symptoms, such as shortness of breath or pain, rather than trying to prolong life.

146 Lawmakers Press HHS To Roll Back Nursing Home Rules

KHN Morning Briefing

Last year, federal officials implemented the first stage of new rules to improve care that won praise from advocates for residents. But the industry has complained that the regulations go too far. Also, in Kansas, the high use of anti-psychotics among nursing home residents is raising concerns, and in one county in Maryland nursing homes are working to make Asians feel their care is culturally sensitive.

Bipartisan Bill Seeks To Overturn New Cuts In Some Medicare Drug Payments

KHN Morning Briefing

The congressional effort is aimed at a rule recently issued by the Trump administration that reduces federal reimbursement for medicines purchased under the federal 340B Drug Discount Program. That program helps boost revenues for hospitals that primarily serve low-income patients. Also in Medicare news, federal officials seek suggestions about lowering drug prices and set some new rules on the Part D drug program. The government also reports that improper payments have fallen.

Raising Taxes On Cigarettes Is Working, Which Is Why Industry Is Swarming On State Capitols

KHN Morning Briefing

“I’d never seen this amount of money being poured into a session in my 17 years here,” says the American Cancer Society’s Kristin Page-Nei of the failed effort in Montana to increase the state’s cigarette tax. In other public health news: peanut allergies, labor, memory training, ankle replacements, UTIs, and more.