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Supreme Court decision means Washington pharmacists must fill prescriptions regardless of religion – Puget Sound Business Journal

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court decision means Washington pharmacists must fill prescriptions regardless of religion – Puget Sound Business Journal

Washington state pharmacists who want the right to refuse to fill prescriptions based on their religious beliefs were denied Tuesday – after nearly a decade of battling it out in the courts. The United States Supreme Court chose not take the case challenging Washington state rules adopted in 2007 that ensured patients would have timely […]

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Game Changer: The best analysis of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Game Changer: The best analysis of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision

By Nina Martin ProPublica. Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt was an unexpectedly sweeping victory for reproductive rights advocates — a “game changer,” said Nancy Northrop of the Center for Reproductive Rights that “leaves the right to an abortion on much stronger footing than it stood on before this decision was […]

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In states, some resistance to new opioid limits

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
In states, some resistance to new opioid limits

By Christine Vestal Stateline For governors and lawmakers in nearly every state, the soaring overdose death toll from prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl has become an urgent priority. Lawmakers in dozens of states took decisive action this year to stanch the flow of prescription pain drugs and help those addicted to them. Roughly 2.5 millionAmericans are […]

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States offer privacy protections to young adults on their parents health plan

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
States offer privacy protections to young adults on their parents health plan

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The health law opened the door for millions of young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. But there’s a downside to remaining on the family plan. Chances are that mom or dad, as policyholder, will get a notice from the insurer every time […]

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Florida cracks down on troubled for-profit facility for the disabled

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Florida cracks down on troubled for-profit facility for the disabled

By Heather Vogell ProPublica, June 24, 2016 After years of tepid action, Florida officials are moving to intensify monitoring and remove residents from a sprawling complex for the disabled that has a long history of abuse and neglect. The state is taking the unusual step of stationing an investigator at the Carlton Palms Educational Center […]

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End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
End-of-life are better for patients with cancer and dementia, study

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News A new study offers surprising findings about end-of-life care — specifically, physicians tend to be more likely to accommodate the advanced-care wishes of patients with cancer or dementia than renal disease, congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease or frailty.

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Supreme Court strikes down key restriction in Texas anti-abortion law

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court strikes down key restriction in Texas anti-abortion law

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News The Supreme Court struck down key aspects of a Texas abortion law Monday, casting doubt on similar laws in nearly two dozen states. At issue in the court’s decision were two specific provisions of a sweeping law to restrict abortions passed by the Texas legislature in 2013. The provisions […]

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Downgraded accreditation triggered state, federal investigation at Virginia Mason | Puget Sound Business Journal

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Downgraded accreditation triggered state, federal investigation at Virginia Mason | Puget Sound Business Journal

A regulatory agency’s decision to downgrade Virginia Mason Medical Center’s accreditation status earlier this month because of issues with quality and safety standards prompted a dual state and federal investigation. Virginia Mason has already taken corrective action to fix the issues raised, but the Washington state Department of Health says “there is an ongoing investigation, […]

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Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas abortion law

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas abortion law

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics.” Source: Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas abortion law

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How FluMist lost its place in the flu-fighting toolbox

June 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
How FluMist lost its place in the flu-fighting toolbox

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News What led to the abrupt fall of FluMist — the nasal spray version of influenza vaccine — which until recently was considered the preferred alternative to the injectable vaccine for younger children? No one is quite sure, but there were hints of trouble for the past three flu seasons. […]

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