Happy Friday! A fast programming be aware: We are closing up store for Thanksgiving, so I might be leaving you to your turkey and pumpkin pie next week. But by no means worry, I’ll be again in your inboxes Dec. 6, as we barrel out an outrageous tempo towards the top of the yr.
Speaking of outrageous tempo, is everybody doing OK after this news-filled week? If you’re feeling burdened you missed one thing health-related whereas distracted by the roughly 13 billion massive tales happening concurrently, chill out, I’ve obtained you coated.
One of these 13 billion massive tales was, after all, the newest Democratic debate. But the candidates is likely to be feeling some well being care fatigue like the remainder of us as a result of, though they hit their speaking factors, they moved shortly on to topics past “Medicare for All.” That got here as a slight shock, since earlier within the week Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launched a plan on transfer extra step by step into such a system than she’d beforehand mentioned. Warren’s new blueprint would begin by providing a extra beneficiant, sponsored authorities plan for some Americans and move MFA by the top of her third yr.
Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has already walked the superb line that the progressive 2020 candidates try on the subject of common well being care. He additionally ran on the thought of a single-payer system and has been navigating what occurs when political slogan meets actuality ever since he was elected. Could his expertise supply perception to the Warrens of the world?
The White House was left scrambling this week after President Donald Trump made an unscheduled go to to Walter Reed Medical Center final Saturday. The hypothesis over Trump’s well being unfold like wildfire, and the White House’s makes an attempt to border the journey as Part One of the president’s annual bodily had been extensively mocked by late-night hosts. Officials later shifted the story, saying it was only a routine checkup, however the harm had been achieved.
Side be aware (as a result of I used to be curious, and also you is likely to be, too): During his tenure, then-President Barack Obama in 2014 made an unscheduled Saturday journey to Walter Reed, as effectively. The motive? A sore throat. (h/t WSJ.)
CMS Administrator Seema Verma has stated that the a whole bunch of 1000’s of spent on outdoors communications contractors was meant to unfold consciousness of CMS’ insurance policies. But emails obtained by Politico present that among the discussions between these contractors and federal officers centered on getting Verma high-profile options in magazines like Glamour, successful recognition for her on “Power Women” lists and getting her invited to attend prestigious occasions.
In different information, this heartbreaking story takes a take a look at households of developmentally disabled beneficiaries who’re stranded on waitlists as a result of the state slashed its Medicaid funding.
A brand new Trump administration rule would pressure hospitals to disclose the costs they negotiate with insurers for all their procedures, as half of a bigger technique to extend transparency in well being care. As you may think, hospitals and insurers had been very a lot not happy and have already promised a authorized struggle. The negotiations have all the time been shrouded in thriller, and revealing them can be tantamount to exposing commerce secrets and techniques, they are saying.
A Wall Street Journal investigation has revealed that 1 in four of the medical doctors concerned within the 163 malpractice claims towards the Indian Health Service that the federal government settled or misplaced since 2006 had a historical past of medial errors and regulatory sanctions that ought to have raised pink flags within the hiring course of. At least 66 of the sufferers died on account of the alleged malpractice.
The Department of Justice deliberate to announce a plan Friday to fight persistent and underreported violence towards Native American ladies. The DOJ has confronted criticism after previous investigations discovered that 1000’s of missing-persons instances are lacking from the company’s logs. The proposal features a plan to rent coordinators throughout the nation who can be answerable for growing protocols for a extra coordinated legislation enforcement response to missing-persons instances.
If you need to get a take a look at drugmakers’ conduct through the begin of the opioid epidemic, look no additional than what’s happening in China, apparently. An Associated Press investigation reveals that the techniques being employed there by a Sackler-owned firm mirror those that spawned a disaster — in addition to 1000’s upon 1000’s of lawsuits. That contains issues like telling medical doctors that OxyContin is much less addictive than different opioids and representing the drug as protected for persistent ache.
Meanwhile, county officers in Ohio wrestle with extremely robust selections on the subject of reuniting youngsters who had been taken away due to a mum or dad’s dependancy. If the flawed selection is made it might probably — and has — ended within the demise of a kid.
In extra lighthearted information: You suppose your errors at work are placed on blast? This poor dude’s decimal error made nationwide information.
An enormous, federal examine confirmed that medication are simply as efficient at saving lives as surgical procedures for blocked arteries. But right here’s the factor, different research have already proven this, and but medical doctors nonetheless carry out them. Why? Hint, trace: It simply may need one thing to do with the truth that these procedures pull within the massive bucks (although medical doctors say it’s as a result of previous research had been poorly designed).
In the miscellaneous file for the week:
• South Dakota’s new slogan to fight drug use within the state was totally dragged by the social media wringer this week. “Meth. We’re on it,” was lambasted as each tone-deaf and ridiculous. But, the governor identified, it obtained your consideration, didn’t it?
• Who higher to take notes from on dependancy than Big Tobacco? In the early days, Juul executives had been bragging concerning the “leg up” they obtained from cigarette analysis.
• They’re billed as “quiet rooms,” however the remoted timeout areas present in faculties throughout Illinois appear much more troubling than the title suggests. Children are being saved in these rooms, locked up, alone and terrified — and the apply of doing so is commonly under-monitored by state officers.
• And so the pendulum swings: As extra is found about CTE (persistent traumatic encephalopathy) and the neurological harm achieved by enjoying soccer, many youth leagues have been banished. But the cultural roots of the game run deep, particularly in Texas the place the sport is making a comeback.
Hope everybody has a restful vacation. See you in December!