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Kaiser Health News - Politics

  • newFirst Edition: August 28, 2014
    Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about the Congressional Budget Office's latest projections regarding Medicare and Medicaid spending.
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Aug 14, 11:14am -
  • newObama Vows Better Health Care, Other Initiatives, For Vets, Military
    Addressing the American Legion’s national convention, the president announced steps to expand access to mental health care and an initiative to lower home loan costs for military families. He also promised a new "culture of accountability' at the D…
    - 24 hours ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:31pm -
  • newAriz. GOP Primary For Governor Won By Treasurer
    Doug Ducey defeated former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. Smith had the backing of Gov. Jan Brewer after supporting her Medicaid expansion proposal. Also, other Arizona Republicans who backed the Medicaid expansion there withstand challenges from more conse…
    - 24 hours ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:30pm -
  • First Edition: August 27, 2014
    Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about Kevin Counihan, the person who take on the challenge of running
    - 1 day ago, 27 Aug 14, 11:25am -
  • Report Tallies Funds Committed To Federal Insurance Exchange
    The federal government has committed nearly $800 million to the project, according the Health and Human Services' inspector general. Also in the news, Washington state will have a special limited enrollment period for people who want to shop for cove…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:45pm -
  • Vermont GOP Candidates For Governor Blast State's Move Toward Single Payer System
    The criticism of Gov. Peter Shumlin's push for a publicly funded health care system came during a debate on the eve of the primary. Also, in Virginia, Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveils a tax plan that would repeal taxes in the health l…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:11pm -
  • Viewpoints: Check Out Those Nursing Home Stars; Rove A 'Bleeding Heart Liberal' On Medicare?
    A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:09pm -
  • Political Cartoon: 'Game Of Groans?'
    Take a look at KHN's lighter side, featuring today's cartoon and health policy haiku.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:09pm -
  • House Hires $500-An-Hour Lawyers To Sue Obama
    House Republicans revealed they will pay law firm Baker & Hostetler LLP to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his legal authority in implementing the Affordable Care Act by giving large employers a one-year extension to offer cover…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:07pm -
  • First Edition: August 26, 2014
    Today's early morning highlights from major news organizations, including a report about how what some say is a health law "drafting error" and other's term a "political miscalculation" could become the measure's trouble spot.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 11:05am -

MedPage Today - Washington Watch

  • Critics Slam FDA Plan to Up Minorities in Studies
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- The FDA is trying to increase representation of women and minorities in clinical trials, but observers said the agency's latest effort in this area is not sufficient.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:16pm -
  • White House Takes Action on Vets' Mental Health
    (MedPage Today) -- President Obama announced action Tuesday to address veterans' mental health issues as the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs prepared to release a report on problems at the VA's Phoenix facility.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:00pm -
  • Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services
    (MedPage Today) -- The federal government is now requiring state Medicaid programs to cover comprehensive autism services for children, which will bring financial relief for many parents but is making states concerned about costs.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 6:16pm -
  • Morning Break: Money Talks at One Cardio Journal
    (MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff.
    - 3 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 1:45pm -
  • Increase E-Cig Regulation, Says AHA (CME/CE)
    (MedPage Today) -- In a policy statement issued by the American Heart Association, researchers recommend stricter regulations on e-cigarette use, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution.
    - 3 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 10:10am -
  • HHS Takes Another Step Back From Contraceptive Coverage
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- The Obama administration is extending an exemption to the Obamacare contraceptive coverage mandate to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations whose owners or leaders object to providing the coverage, officials a…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 10:46pm -
  • Eliquis OK'd for Treating, Preventing VTE
    (MedPage Today) -- The FDA has approved the oral anticoagulant drug apixaban (Eliquis) for treating deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and for preventing recurrent episodes of these conditions.
    - 7 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 10:17pm -
  • Type 1 Diabetes Antibody Test Gains FDA Nod
    (MedPage Today) -- The FDA has cleared the first autoantibody test that can distinguish type 1 diabetes from other kinds, the agency announced.
    - 8 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 10:35pm -
  • VA Moves to Increase Vets' Access
    (MedPage Today) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has started moving ahead with its efforts to improve healthcare for veterans, starting with increasing access to private-practice physicians.
    - 8 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 7:46pm -
  • Morning Break: Feds Say No to Obamacare Info Request
    (MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff.
    - 8 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 1:48pm -

i360 Gov - Healthcare Policy & IT News

  • computing change puzzles IT experts
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary subscription available): The CMS is planning on a change in data-hosting tactics as it seeks a new contractor to run The agency expects the change will help avoid glitches in the exchange site operatio…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:35am -
  • newDoD calls for best bids on EHR project
    Healthcare IT News: It's official. After 11 months of talk, the Department of Defense is now taking proposals for its electronic health record modernization project, a plan which officials say will eliminate barriers to exchanging the health data of…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:34am -
  • newThe Evolving Case of Analytics in Mississippi
    Healthcare Informatics: The State of Mississippi has approximately 750,000 active Medicaid beneficiaries, roughly 25 percent of the state’s total population. According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, only seven states have a higher perce…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:34am -
  • newPA: Talks on Pa.'s Medicaid plan said to be nearing end
    PennLive: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An announcement could be made soon on Gov. Tom Corbett's plan to use billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars under the 2010 health care law to subsidize private health insurance policies, a spokeswoman said W…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:33am -
  • newA New Federal Patient Privacy Agenda
    Gov Info Security: The workgroups that advise the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on privacy and security issues are shifting gears as the ONC focuses on building an interoperable, nationwide health IT infrastructure.
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:33am -
  • Time to measure public health effectiveness
    Government Health IT: It has historically been difficult for public health officials — especially at cash-strapped state and local departments — to actually gauge whether or not their outreach and initiatives really work. A new tool from the Robe…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:40am -
  • Could a wording 'glitch' doom Obama's healthcare law?
    Los Angeles Times: When a federal appeals court ruled last month that a seemingly arcane wording flaw in the Affordable Care Act should invalidate a central part of the law, many of those who drafted the statute five years ago reacted with shock and…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:40am -
  • CDC Shares Resources on the Risks of Healthcare-associated Infections from Drug Diversion Quality health care is safe health care; neither patients nor providers should be at risk for acquiring HBV, HCV, or other bloodborne infections during health care encounters. Viral hepatitis stakeholders recognize that such health care-ass…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:39am -
  • After the Community Health Systems Incident, FBI Issues Another Hacking Warning to Healthcare
    Healthcare Informatics: After last week's large-scale hack against Franklin, Tenn.-based health system, Community Health Systems, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is sending another warning to healthcare organizations over the threat of inc…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:39am -
  • States With Medical Marijuana Laws Have Fewer Opioid Overdose Deaths
    Time: States with medical marijuana laws have fewer deaths from opioid overdoses compared to states that do not allow medical marijuana, according to new research.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:38am -