POLITICO New York Health Care: State Legislature derails maternal mortality panel — Doctors overprescribe antibiotics — Who to watch on primary night
By Nick Niedzwiadek and Amanda Eisenberg | 06/26/2018 10:00 AM EDT
MATERNAL MORTALITY — A bill that would have established a panel tasked with investigating maternal deaths during childbirth failed to pass the Legislature after it got derailed by a last-minute dispute over whether the board’s findings could be used in court proceedings. Supporters believe that strict confidentiality is necessary for OB/GYNs and other providers to provide an honest recounting of the events that led up to a mother’s death without fear that it will be turned against them down the road. Others note that New York allows for court-ordered disclosure in other sensitive matters like domestic violence deaths. Read more from Nick here .
INEFFECTIVE ANTIBIOTICS — Doctors are prescribing potentially ineffective antibiotics to a large percentage of two Medicaid populations — members in plans with the highest prescription rate and white women — at a higher rate than any other demographic, according to a new report from the United Hospital Fund of New York. Read more from Amanda here .
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WHAT TO WATCH ON PRIMARY NIGHT — The biggest health care battleground will be in the 19th Congressional district, where several Democratic candidates are squaring off for a shot against Rep. John J. Faso , who drew the governor’s ire for co-sponsoring an amendment to the American Health Act that would have forced the state to take over the multi-billion-dollar Medicaid share currently paid by local governments. For Democrats there’s been a divide on one major issue, Medicare for all, a policy popularized during the 2016 presidential primary. Five of the seven candidates say they support it, while Antonio Delgado and Pat Ryan both said they support universal health care access and a public option, and Brian Flynn is using it as a wedge to distinguish the candidates. Read more here .
— On Staten Island: GOP incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan voted against the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill, which won’t help him among the fiery Republicans expected to fuel his challenger, former Rep. Michael Grimm, who resigned the seat after pleading guilty to a felony. Donovan also voted against the tax cut bill, but still earned Donald Trump’s endorsement in a race that’s become a referendum on who makes the better foot soldier for the president.
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ACROSS THE RIVER — The New Jersey state Legislature on Monday sent Gov. Phil Murphy two bills that could force hospitals across New Jersey to pay more to support health care in the state. The first bill would take money from larger, more affluent hospitals and redistribute it to safety net hospitals that serve a higher percentage of Medicaid patients. The Legislature also passed a bill, that would expand the category of providers that must pay a fee to support graduate medical education in New Jersey. It would assess a $10 fee per hospital admission to long-term care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals and other care facilities. Currently, the fee is assessed only on acute care hospitals. Read more here.
VAPE ACTION — Nassau County legislative committees approved a bill requiring stores to keep e-cigarettes and vape products behind counters in an attempt to deter youth use. The bill is expected to be taken up and passed at the next full meeting on July 9. Read more here.
RN SENTENCED FOR FRAUD — The registered nurse who stole $390,000 from Medicaid was sentenced to a year in prison on Monday, Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced.
THE TIMES WEIGHS IN — The Paper of Record looks into the fight between Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the state Medicaid program over Orkambi, a cystic fibrosis drug with an annual price tag of over a quarter million dollars. Read more here .
— We wrote about this in April , when DRUB made the recommendation to cut the unit price to $57 from 186. Read more here .
MAKING ROUNDS — Scott Fischer, the Department of Financial Services executive deputy superintendent for insurance, is joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. His first day will be July 9.
GRANT LAND — Montefiore received a $150,000 grant to fund a clinical trial for children undergoing bone marrow transplants to see if virtual reality technology can help to manage their pain during procedures.
TAKE CARE — From Bloomberg: “Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. will revamp its training after an Arizona woman said she was humiliated when a pharmacist, citing personal objections, refused to fill a prescription to treat her miscarriage.” Read more here .
FREE ART — From TIME: “A Connecticut gallery owner was arrested after dropping a 10-foot-long sculpture of a heroin spoon in front of Purdue Pharma’s headquarters on Friday — and he says he plans to ‘gift’ more spoons to other drug companies, as well as to politicians and doctors.” Read more here .
GREEN LIGHT — British-based GW Pharmaceuticals received the green light from the DFA to sell Epidiolex, a marijuana-derived drug that treats two rare forms of childhood epilepsy, reports Business Insider. Read more here .
CONSIDER A BETTER PRICE — EP Vantage reports: “Sarepta has benefited from a U.S. ecosystem that offers government support for basic research, financial incentives for R&D and legal protection from competition. As the group could soon have a life-changing gene therapy on the market it must be challenged to come up with a price that does not stretch the finances of the families it likes to spotlight in its public relations.” Read more here .
WHAT WE’RE READING:
PRIMARY CARE TREATING ADDICTION — The New York Times profiled a primary care physician in Iowa who has begun treating patients with opioid dependencies. Read more here .
SNEAKY PAY — From Modern Healthcare: “Not-for-profit health systems—no strangers to paying top dollar for talented executives—are using sophisticated methods to avoid the penalties on high employee compensation.” Read more here .
PATIENT-CENTERED CARE — One nursing home in Kansas significantly decreased its use of antipsychotic medication and saw better patient outcomes, reports the Wichita Eagle. Read more here .
HELPING HAND — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin performed the Heimlich maneuver on fellow Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri during a recent luncheon. Read more here .
BANNING SODA BANS — California’s state Legislature is working on a deal that would block counties and municipalities from enacting taxes on sodas and other sugary drinks, as a way to head off an even more restrictive ballot initiative. Read more here .
TODAY’S TIP — Comes from researchers at the University of Buffalo, whose findings suggest Vitamin D can have long-term benefits and protect against stamina and performance impairment.
TAKE A TOKE — Marijuana use among adults is up from 2007, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Read the study here .
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