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With uptick in home births, midwives seek to practice in more states

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
With uptick in home births, midwives seek to practice in more states

By Michael Ollove Stateline Jennifer Crook is a trained and certified midwife living in Birmingham, Alabama, who has presided over about 200 home births. But to do so, she and her pregnant patients had to drive two hours across the state line to Tennessee. The reason for the border crossing was simple: Alabama is among […]

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You will soon be able to get dental coverage through the health exchange

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
You will soon be able to get dental coverage through the health exchange

Starting this open enrollment, Washington Healthplanfinder will offer family dental plans. Customers can shop for 2017 dental plans starting Nov. 1, 2016. Who Can Enroll in Family Dental? Family dental plans can cover just adults, adults and children, or children only. Anyone who is eligible and enrolls in a Qualified Health Plan is eligible to enroll in […]

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‘Microhospitals’ filling some ER needs

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
‘Microhospitals’ filling some ER needs

Sometimes Tiny Is Just The Right Size By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Eyeing fast-growing urban and suburban markets where demand for health care services is outstripping supply, some health care systems are opening tiny, full-service hospitals with comprehensive emergency services but often fewer than a dozen inpatient beds. These “microhospitals” provide residents quicker access to […]

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You may be surprised by how much salt you’re eating

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
You  may be surprised by how much salt you’re eating

From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Do you try to be careful about the amount of salt in your diet? Are you pretty sure you’re eating about the right amount of salt (also known as sodium chloride) every day, according to what most experts recommend? You may be wrong about that. Even […]

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Time for back-to-school immunizations

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Time for back-to-school immunizations

The Washington State Department of Health is urging parents to make sure their kids’ immunizations are up-to-date before heading back to school this fall. “Summer is a busy time, and immunizations are often overlooked. Vaccines are critical protection for our children and help keep other kids around them safe from many diseases such as whooping […]

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Utah health officials investigate unusual case of Zika

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Utah health officials investigate unusual case of Zika

Utah health officials confirmed today that they were investigating a case of Zika infection in a family contact who had cared for an individual who had acquired the infection while traveling abroad and subsequently died of unknown causes. Based on what is known now, the new cases had not recently traveled to an area with Zika […]

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Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

By Jenni Bengal Stateline Facing a wave of aging baby boomers, many states are trying to make it easier for frail seniors to stay in their homes — as many prefer — instead of moving into more costly long-term care nursing homes. States have a huge stake in where aging seniors and disabled people end […]

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Fraud concerns emerge as compounding drug sales skyrocket

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fraud concerns emerge as compounding drug sales skyrocket

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Government spending on “compounded” drugs that are handmade by retail pharmacists has skyrocketed, drawing the attention of federal investigators who are raising fraud and overbilling concerns. Spending on these medications in Medicare’s Part D program, for example, rose 56 percent last year, with some of the costliest products, including […]

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Vaccines are not just for kids

July 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Vaccines are not just for kids

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News The word “immunization” has long evoked images of nervous children wincing as they get injections to protect them from measles, mumps and other diseases. Now California’s doctors are turning their attention to adults, who haven’t been as diligent about getting their own shots. We recently spoke to Dr. Ruth […]

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As cases multiply, officials scramble to stop abuse of nursing home residents on social media

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
As cases multiply, officials scramble to stop abuse of nursing home residents on social media

By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman ProPublica. When a certified nursing assistant in Hubbard, Iowa, shared a photo online in March of a nursing home resident with his pants around his ankles, his legs and hand covered in feces, the most surprising aspect of state health officials’ investigation was this: It wasn’t against the law. […]

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