A Hospital’s Human Touch: Why Taking Care In Discharging A Patient Matters
Patients and caregivers often feel abandoned and lose trust in health care professionals when they sense a lack of caring during transitions. With it, they feel better able to handle concerns and act on their doctors’ recommendations.
State Highlights: Maryland Governor Takes Steps To Enact Unique All-Payer Health Model; Group Seeks Ethics Review Of Rep. Jordan’s Ties To OSU Sexual Abuse Case
Media outlets report on news from Maryland, Ohio, California, Arkansas, New Jersey, Kansas, Ohio, Oregon, North Carolina, Minnesota, Missouri, Florida, Washington, Massachusetts and Louisiana.
Vaping Devices, Electronic Cigarettes Touted As Smoking Cessation Aids, But Some Data Suggests Otherwise
There’s a growing field of conflicting data on the benefits and harms of the products. In other public health news: organs, cancer patients’ end-of-life plans, Lyme disease, suicide, police violence and more.
Hospitals Scramble To Find Alternatives To Medications As Drug Shortages Persist
Hospitals and ER departments nationwide are coming up short when they need drugs such as morphine. “So many substances are short, and we’re dancing every shift,” said Dr. James Augustine, a doctor in Cincinnati.” In other public health news: palliative sedation, glaucoma, gaming addictions, ovarian cysts, emphysema and more.
The Dark Side Of Convenience: Smart Home Technology Is Making It Easier For Abusers To Control Their Victims
Internet-connected locks, speakers, thermostats, lights and cameras that have been marketed as the newest conveniences are now also being used as a means for harassment, monitoring, revenge and control. In other public health news: pandemics, breathing tubes, precision medicine, pregnancy vaccines, and more.
Hospice Care Has Become Booming Multibillion-Dollar Industry — And More And More Companies Want In
Humana is planning on buying two chains that together would create the industry’s biggest operator. But there’s more to hospice care than just profits. Meanwhile, some not-for-profit health systems are using methods to get around penalties on high employee compensation.
Medicare Financial Outlook Worsens
The Medicare board of trustees said the program’s hospital insurance trust fund could run out of money by 2026, three years earlier than previously forecast.
Suspension Of California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Leaves Sick Patients In Limbo
Doctors have stopped writing lethal prescriptions and pharmacists have stopped filling them after a court fight over how the law was enacted.
WellCare Joins In Health Industry Merger Trend With $2.5B Deal To Acquire Meridian
The move is just the latest in an industry seeking to survive through consolidation and deals with other insurers, ambulatory care providers and pharmacy benefit managers.
Concerns Rise As California Hospitals Provide Few Details Following Crash Of Information System
While Sutter Health executive officer Sarah Krevans says everyone was provided “high-quality, safe patient care,” during the outage, patients, doctors and nurses describe a different picture. More hospital news is reported out of Illinois, Washington and Texas, also.
Choosing Between Death And Deportation
What happens when an undocumented immigrant has a life-threatening diagnosis? Much depends on where the person lives. And even in states with generous care for a dire illness, a patient can face difficult life-and-death choices.
Longer Looks: Caregivers In Prison; Medicare For All; Drunken Driving Laws
Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.
State Highlights: Ohio City’s Last Abortion Clinic Reopens For Business; Sacramento Approves Hospice For Terminally Ill Homeless People
Media outlets report on news from Ohio, California, Massachusetts, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Illinois, Oregon and Florida.
Humana To Scoop Up Curo As Part Of Plan To Create Nation’s Largest Hospice Operator
Humana, TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe had also previously announced plans to buy Kindred Healthcare’s hospice business.
Barbara Bush’s End-Of-Life Decision Stirs Debate Over ‘Comfort Care’
The former first lady’s announcement “not to seek additional medical treatment” and to focus on “comfort care” shone a light on end-of-life choices.
Medical Marijuana’s ‘Catch-22’: Federal Limits On Research Hinder Patients’ Relief
Suffering Americans seek medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids and other powerful pharmaceuticals. Though legal in 29 states, some doctors say the lack of strong data makes it hard to recommend.
Paying Hospitals To Keep People Out Of Hospitals? It Works In Maryland.
The state’s ambitious payment overhaul has begun to demonstrate savings and a change in culture, say new reports.
State Highlights: Hospice Nurses Endure Long Drives, Hours In Rural Texas; N.C. Children Unlawfully Taken From Homes
Media outlets report on news from Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Arizona, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Kansas, Ohio, California,