Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Health On The Hill

In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Joanne Kenen of Politico talk about a spate of health-related legislative action on Capitol Hill, including Senate passage of a bill to address the opioid epidemic. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week.

Three Boston hospitals fined nearly $1 million for HIPAA violations from TV filming

Three major Boston hospitals’ invited ABC film crews to film a documentary series, but the shoots violated patient privacy laws, HHS said.

Senate opioid bill misses the mark, experts say

Addiction medicine experts have raised concerns that the Senate opioid bill passed this week is another missed opportunity to make the most impact toward combating the crisis.

Private accreditors OK troubled Calif. surgery centers

A decade ago, California stopped licensing surgery centers and then gave approval power to private accreditors that are commonly paid by the same centers they inspect. That system of oversight has created a troubling legacy of laxity, an…

Opioid cheating is a billion-dollar industry

If you search for “how to pass a urine drug test” on the internet, you will get several million results. As physicians, we see and manage the national opioid crisis every day. We see the impacts of this in our practices and our lives. The crisis frankly shows no signs of abating or becoming a […]

House Democrats press HHS for Medicaid work requirement records

Two top Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight want to subpoena the Trump administration’s documents around its Medicaid work requirement policy. Health officials haven’t responded to their previous requests for information.

Low consumer health fluency could lead to billions in tax savings on table during open enrollment

Part of the issue is that consumers are often undisciplined about saving in general, and lack the necessary vocabulary for financial communication.

Karl Rove: GOP must go on healthcare offensive

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Happy National Grateful Patient Day!

One day I found out that it was National Limerick Day. I didn’t even know there was a National Limerick Day. I investigated other “days” and found out that September 7th was National Grateful Patient Day. So, this grateful patient will start her post with a limerick: There was a patient in a flimsy gown, […]

Frontier Airlines chairman donates $25M to Mayo’s new medical school

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