White House Mulls Limits For Well-Known Carcinogen In Chewing Tobacco
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says the chemical is one of the most troublesome cancer-causing agents in smokeless tobacco as well as in cigarette smoke. Meanwhile, California is tightening rules on a common pesticide because of its health risks, an extra screening for women with dense breast tissue may be needed and the National Institutes of Health faces congressional scrutiny over its funding of a World Health Organization cancer agency.
Medicare Releases New Detailed Analysis Of Spending On Hospice Care
According to the figures for 2014, Medicare spends $11,393 on average for each beneficiary for 70 days of care, Modern Healthcare reports. The numbers, however, vary by state. Also, The Hill reports on concerns about Medicare’s move to bundled payments.
Saying Goodbye, The Right Way
Twenty dying people, at peace with their mortality, shared their views on life, love and death with a Los Angeles artist for an exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance.
State Highlights: Minn. Striking Nurses Seek Meeting With Allina Board; Texas Nursing Home Patients Get Poor Care
Outlets report on health news from Minnesota, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee and California.
First Edition: September 7, 2016
Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.
Patients With Dementia Present Communication Challenges In Hospice Care
Dementia complicates pain management in hospice patients because communication is difficult and the cause of pain can be hard to identify, researchers report.
‘Women Have Had To Be Strong For So Long. Opioids Are A Good Way Out. Benzos Are A Good Way Out’
The Washington Post offers a series on why death rates have risen for whites in midlife, particularly women.
As The For-Profit World Moves Into An Elder Care Program, Some Worry
PACE, a little-known Medicare program that helps keep older people in their own homes, is allowing for-profit companies in. Tech and venture capital have expressed interest.
‘More At Peace’: Interpreters Key To Easing Patients’ Final Days
But more training is needed for such translators to do their jobs well, without miscommunications and misunderstandings.
Hospital Customer Surveys Creating Powerful Incentive To Prescribe Opioids, Some Worry
Surveys asking patients about their experience also include a question about how their doctor helped manage their pain. But in the midst of a raging opioid crisis, some think it’s creating pressure on the providers to get the best ratings possible. Meanwhile, insurance rules make it tough for patients to get a drug that helps ease cravings.
State Highlights: ColoradoCare Backers Try To Woo Sanders; States Not Requiring Criminal Checks On Doctors Dwindling
Outlets report on health news from Colorado, Massachusetts, Texas, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Minnesota and California.
Medicare Official Suggests New Doctor Payment Formula Could Be Delayed
CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt tells a Senate hearing that administration officials are concerned the needs of small physician practices may not have been addressed yet. In other Medicare news: a study on what age groups spend more on end-of-life care, Sen. Orrin Hatch wants changes to the Stark Law and a hospice agrees to a penalty.
Younger Seniors Amass More End-Of-Life Care Than Oldest Americans, Study Finds
A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis sheds new light on a widely-held belief about the costs of end-of-life care.
Palliative Care Sometimes Adds To Families’ Stress Burden, Study Finds
A study in JAMA finds palliative care counseling for families of chronically ill patients is not routinely needed by all and sometimes increases symptoms of post-traumatic stress.