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How should physicians talk to patients about dying?

HOW SHOULD PHYSICIANS TALK TO PATIENTS ABOUT DYING?

The guide is being rolled out at Mass. General, Baylor Scott & White Health in Texas, Lowell General Hospital in Massachusetts, the...

Nominee for top HHS post says he would fix system that encourages pharma companies to raise drug prices

NOMINEE FOR TOP HHS POST SAYS HE WOULD FIX SYSTEM THAT ENCOURAGES PHARMA COMPANIES TO RAISE DRUG PRICES

Senate Democrats on Tuesday pressed President Donald Trump's nominee for the top health post to explain how he would fight skyrocketing...

 
 
 
Marijuana use has nearly doubled among pregnant women

MARIJUANA USE HAS NEARLY DOUBLED AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN

As of 2016, seven percent of pregnant California women in a Kaiser Permanente study used marijuana, and with it becoming recreationally...

Medicare lowers payments to 751 hospitals due to patient injuries

MEDICARE LOWERS PAYMENTS TO 751 HOSPITALS DUE TO PATIENT INJURIES

Last week, Medicare lowered a year's worth of payments to 751 hospitals to penalize them for having the highest rates of patient injuries.

 
 
 
Genetic testing firms filing for bankruptcy deprive CMS of hundreds of millions

GENETIC TESTING FIRMS FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY DEPRIVE CMS OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS

While some doctor-owned labs have dodged collection efforts for years, several testing firms deeply in debt to Medicare appear to have...

A Visit To Houston's Himalaya: Pakistani And Indian Food With Deep Texas Roots

A VISIT TO HOUSTON'S HIMALAYA: PAKISTANI AND INDIAN FOOD WITH DEEP TEXAS ROOTS

Chef Kaiser Lashkari's Pakistani restaurant has become a Houston institution. It's also emblematic of the multi-ethnic city itself,...

 
 
 
5 ways the tax bill could affect health policy

5 WAYS THE TAX BILL COULD AFFECT HEALTH POLICY

It turns out the tax bills in the House and Senate also aim to reshape healthcare. Here are five ways these bills are trying to achieve...

Drug discount program 340B is at center of debate between CMS, lawmakers and hospitals

DRUG DISCOUNT PROGRAM 340B IS AT CENTER OF DEBATE BETWEEN CMS, LAWMAKERS AND HOSPITALS

The 340B program requires pharmaceutical companies to give steep discounts to hospitals and clinics that serve high volumes of low-income...

 
 
 
New Biography Features Recipes Of Famed Chef And Cookbook Author Paula Wolfert

NEW BIOGRAPHY FEATURES RECIPES OF FAMED CHEF AND COOKBOOK AUTHOR PAULA WOLFERT

When Paula Wolfert was diagnosed with dementia, author Emily Kaiser Thelin set out to capture the chef's legacy, as well as her elaborate...

Florida stores get swept up in FDA's crackdown on imported drugs

FLORIDA STORES GET SWEPT UP IN FDA'S CRACKDOWN ON IMPORTED DRUGS

In a speech earlier this month, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency would be stepping up its work to prevent the importation...

 
 
 
States investigate pharma companies, CVS Health as diabetes drug prices reach record highs

STATES INVESTIGATE PHARMA COMPANIES, CVS HEALTH AS DIABETES DRUG PRICES REACH RECORD HIGHS

The United States is one of the few developed countries without regulations on prescription drug pricing.

A ‘rogue' clinical trial for herpes vaccine highlights the risks of flouting FDA regulations

A ‘ROGUE' CLINICAL TRIAL FOR HERPES VACCINE HIGHLIGHTS THE RISKS OF FLOUTING FDA REGULATIONS

“This researcher went rogue,” said Fernandez Lynch, the lawyer who specializes in medical ethics. “When one of their own goes rogue,...

 
 
 
Trump just made a move that could make Obamacare implode - here's which states have the most to lose

TRUMP JUST MADE A MOVE THAT COULD MAKE OBAMACARE IMPLODE - HERE'S WHICH STATES HAVE THE MOST TO LOSE

The Trump administration made a decision that could help the Affordable Care Act implode. On Thursday, President Donald Trump said...

Fear of pain and UTIs cause women's declining libido

FEAR OF PAIN AND UTIS CAUSE WOMEN'S DECLINING LIBIDO

2 in 10 postmenopausal women cite pain as a deterrent to intimacy while 1 in 10 blame bladder problems, say the Kaiser Permanente Center...

 
 
 
Healthcare is Ready for Alexa, as Soon as HIPAA Issue Resolved

HEALTHCARE IS READY FOR ALEXA, AS SOON AS HIPAA ISSUE RESOLVED

A voice-enabled bathroom scale that can scan for diabetic foot ulcers uses Amazon's voice service, Alexa, to instruct patients to step...

It's official: Pharma companies will have to justify major drug price increases in California

IT'S OFFICIAL: PHARMA COMPANIES WILL HAVE TO JUSTIFY MAJOR DRUG PRICE INCREASES IN CALIFORNIA

The new law requires drugmakers to give 60 days' notice to state agencies and health insurers anytime they plan to raise the price...

 
 
 
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul predicts Trump administration will embrace association health plans

U.S. SEN. RAND PAUL PREDICTS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL EMBRACE ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS

Supporters say expanding association plan availability could offer lower-cost coverage - mainly if the Trump administration makes it...

Dementia risk for women in 40s with high blood pressure

DEMENTIA RISK FOR WOMEN IN 40S WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Researchers at Kaiser Permanente in California admitted they were stunned by the extraordinarily high figure - and also to see that...

 
 
 
Report that Medicare has paid $1.5B to replace defective heart devices shows better tracking needed

REPORT THAT MEDICARE HAS PAID $1.5B TO REPLACE DEFECTIVE HEART DEVICES SHOWS BETTER TRACKING NEEDED

The report found that nearly 73,000 people on Medicare had one of the seven devices replaced because of recalls, premature failures,...

Is Trump's tough talk on pharma drug prices just a way to drive political contributions?

IS TRUMP'S TOUGH TALK ON PHARMA DRUG PRICES JUST A WAY TO DRIVE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS?

Pharmaceutical lobbying dollars have swelled in 2017, Kaiser Health News previously reported. In their disclosures, drug companies...