Weekly Reader - August 1, 2022

Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.

Weekly Reader - August 1, 2022
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Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.

  • “No-Bid Medicaid Contract for Kaiser Permanente Is Now California Law, but Key Details Are Missing” (Kaiser Health News) - Although legislators in California have approved a huge statewide contract with Kaiser Permanente, questions remain.
  • “Exclusive: Finestra analysis shows recent NYC abortion prices total hundreds of dollars” (Finestra) - In an exclusive analysis, we found that cash prices for abortion in New York City can be in the hundreds of dollars.
  • “Nurse Midwives Step Up to Provide Prenatal Care After Two Rural Hospitals Shutter Birthing Centers” (Kaiser Health News) - As rural hospitals face massive budget cuts, nurse midwives are increasingly being called upon to meet the needs of patients.
  • “Scientists hone argument that coronavirus came from Wuhan market” (Washington Post) - Two new papers confirm the conclusion that public health experts and scientists have been arguing for years: that COVID-19 originted in a market in Wuhan, China.
  • “Patients With Epilepsy Navigate Murky Unregulated CBD Industry” (Kaiser Health News) - Cannabidiol–more commonly known as CBD–has become incredibly mainstream over the past few years–and government regulations have not yet had time to catch up.
  • “The M.M.A. Doctor’s Dilemma: To Stop or Not to Stop the Fight” (NY Times) - As mixed martial arts is an inherently violent sport, on-site medical experts wrestle with difficult, split-second decisions with tremendous financial implications.
  • “Rural Hospital Rescue Program Is Met With Skepticism From Administrators” (Kaiser Health News) - Although government help will likely be needed to keep rural hospitals afloat, many in the industry question the most recent approaches.
  • “Death toll rises […] after devastating Kentucky floods; Biden approves disaster declaration” (USA Today) - President Joe Biden announced that flooding in Kentucky justifies a disaster declaration as the death toll increases drastically.
  • “‘True Cost of Aging’ Index Shows Many Seniors Can’t Afford Basic Necessities” (Kaiser Health News) - Although many older people are in their “Golden Years,” many struggle to pay for conventional medical care.