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White House Mulls Limits For Well-Known Carcinogen In Chewing Tobacco

KHN Morning Briefing

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

KHN Morning Briefing

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

KHN Original

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.

Hospital Customer Surveys Creating Powerful Incentive To Prescribe Opioids, Some Worry

KHN Morning Briefing

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.

Medicare Official Suggests New Doctor Payment Formula Could Be Delayed

KHN Morning Briefing

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.