KHN: Trump Administration Sinks Teeth Into Paring Down #Drug #Prices

This story notes that CMS approved a Medicaid waiver from Oklahoma in June, but denied a Massachusetts request for a similar exception to existing rules.  Oklahoma’s plan would expand that to negotiate additional prescription price reductions based on value-based purchasing agreements. Still, CMS’ recent rejection of a related Massachusetts proposal makes it difficult to believe … Continue reading KHN: Trump Administration Sinks Teeth Into Paring Down #Drug #Prices

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ProPublica: How some insurers use patient data against patients

ProPublica quotes Robert Greenwald, faculty director of Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, in a story about how insurance companies use the data they collect from enrollees. For example, as way of avoiding potentially high costs expensive patients -- so-called cherry picking Greenwald said: "Insurance companies still cherry-pick, but now they’re … Continue reading ProPublica: How some insurers use patient data against patients

Start you week off with an Improbable Research Table Talk –ice cream and science in the morning

This week: "The Neural Bases of Disgust for Cheese: An fMRI Study."   Marc Abrahams and Gus Rancatore.   Toscanini’s Ice Cream, 159 First St., Cambridge. A newish activity from the people behind the IgNobel Prizes, which are announced each September at a raucous, funny, one-of-a-kind ceremony.  At each Improbable Research Table Talk, Marc Abrahams(editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, … Continue reading Start you week off with an Improbable Research Table Talk –ice cream and science in the morning

Alzheimer’s drug promising? Page 1. Alzheimer’s drug not so promising? Page B12

Not sure how STAT played this on their site. In the the print version of The Boston Globe, it ran it on A1 Thursday Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer’s disease The follow-up in today's print edition ran on B12, with this headline: Interpreting an Alzheimer's trial. Have yet to find in on … Continue reading Alzheimer’s drug promising? Page 1. Alzheimer’s drug not so promising? Page B12

UMass doc comments on pediatricians statement re: plastic food containers

Umass doc weights in on this. Also see research from Silent Spring Institute. AAP release here.   From Times: “Because hormones act at low concentrations in our blood, it is not surprising that even low-level exposures to endocrine disrupters can contribute to disease,” said Laura N. Vandenberg, an assistant professor in the department of environmental health … Continue reading UMass doc comments on pediatricians statement re: plastic food containers

After Opioid Overdose, Only 30 Percent Get Medicine To Treat Addiction via KHN and WBUR, in Spanish and English

Study by BMC docs. Story by Martha Bebinger at WBUR See English version below or listen here. Luego de una sobredosis de opioides, solo el 30% recibe tratamiento contra la adicción Martha Bebinger, WBUR Más de 115 estadounidenses mueren al día por sobredosis de opioides. Muchos otros sobreviven gracias al antídoto naloxone. Pero un nuevo … Continue reading After Opioid Overdose, Only 30 Percent Get Medicine To Treat Addiction via KHN and WBUR, in Spanish and English

Nearly 30 percent of adult Mainers under 65 have pre-existing health conditions

The rest of the New England states are closer to 25 percent. This Kaiser Health News story looks at states that are suing, arguing that the ACA -- including provisions covering pre-existing conditions -- is unconstitutional. States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most If Shield On Preexisting Conditions Were Axed Harriet Rowan If the Affordable Care … Continue reading Nearly 30 percent of adult Mainers under 65 have pre-existing health conditions