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  1. Doctors Raise Alarm About Shortages Of Pain Medications
    A survey of anesthesiologists found that 95 percent say it is impacting patient care. Surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, intensive care unit doctors are also impacted.
  2. VA Whistleblowers 10 Times More Likely Than Peers To Receive Disciplinary Action
    A new report by the Government Accountability Office also found that nearly two-thirds of individuals who filed formal complaints did not work for Veterans Affairs the following year.
  3. Can A Community Hospital Stick To Its Mission When It Goes For-Profit?
    After 130 years as a nonprofit hospital with deep roots in North Carolina, Mission Health is seeking to be bought by HCA Healthcare, the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain.
  4. Louisiana's New Approach To Treating Hepatitis C
    Louisiana is working with Gilead Sciences and other companies on a deal that would change how the state pays for expensive hepatitis C drugs, with the goal of eliminating the disease in that state.
  5. How Drug Companies Control How Their Drugs Are Covered By Medicaid
    NPR's Alison Kodjak and the Center for Public Integrity have been looking at how the drug industry tries to keep Medicaid money flowing. Here they examine the industry's massive lobbying efforts.
  6. Investigation: Patients' Drug Options Under Medicaid Heavily Influenced By Drugmakers
    Drug companies have infiltrated nearly every part of the process that determines how their drugs will be covered by Medicaid, an investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity finds.
  7. Insurers And Government Are Slow To Cover Expensive CAR-T Cancer Therapy
    Treatment costs for the immunotherapy can run to more than $1 million. Some state Medicaid programs aren't paying for the treatment, and Medicare's complicated payment rates have hospitals worried.
  8. Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates
    Without scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on public data about things like race, marital status, your TV consumption and even if you buy plus-size clothing.
  9. To Improve Treatments, Researchers Want To Hunt For Clues In Medical Records
    The vast amount of data held in electronic medical records and insurance bills contains bits that could be useful in refining the use of approved for drugs. But how to find it?
  10. The State Of The Affordable Care Act
    The Trump administration has made more moves that may further destabilize the Affordable Care Act.
  11. Abortion Rights Groups Prepare For Intensified Battle At The State Level
    Abortion rights advocates are concerned that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court might reverse or substantially erode Roe v. Wade. Under that scenario, states could have free reign to restrict the procedure.
  12. Report: 1.6 Billion Opioid Doses Poured Into Missouri Over 6 Years
    A Senate investigation into prescription opioids in Missouri finds that pharmaceutical wholesalers had different standards for reporting suspicious orders to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
  13. Cities Planning Supervised Drug Injection Sites Fear Justice Department Reaction
    More than a dozen cities from San Francisco to New York are trying to open safe injection sites for heroin users. But worries about a crackdown from the Justice Department have local leaders on edge.
  14. A Simple Emergency Room Intervention Can Help Cut Suicide Risk
    ER workers helped patients who arrived after a suicide attempt develop a tailored "safety plan" that included coping strategies of what to do and whom to call if the urge arose again.
  15. Has Genetic Privacy Been Strained By Trump's Recent ACA Moves?
    As the Trump administration decides not to defend the Affordable Care Act's legal protections for people with pre-existing conditions, questions arise about health insurance and genetic information.


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