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SUSPENDED — The state Department of Health is suspending passive enrollment in an insurance option, which was designed to improve care for many of Medicaid's costliest patients, but failed to gain support of doctors and patients. http://politi.co/1HXiTwV
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KICKING THE MAYOR’S ASS, ‘RIGHTEOUSLY’ — On the night before Mayor Bill de Blasio was scheduled to have hernia surgery, he made an appearance at two holiday parties hosted by local unions to remind workers of his labor-friendly accomplishments during his two years in office. http://politi.co/1TEedMZ
ZADROGA ACT WILL BE THERE — House Speaker Paul Ryan informed Rep. Dan Donovan, a Republican from Staten Island, that the GOP-controlled House will pass the Zadroga Act as part of the upcoming omnibus budget bill, Donovan’s office said in an emailed statement.
Read the congressman's full statement here: http://1.usa.gov/1Okjaqe
NOW WE KNOW — Cheerleading is one of the safest high school sports, but the injuries can be pretty severe, according to a study from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. http://bit.ly/1HXn7Vd
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BABY BUMP — North Shore-LIJ announced Thursday it will spend $8.2 million over the next two years to upgrade the OBGYN unit at Forest Hills Hospital.
COMING TO TOWN — Kallyope Inc., a New York-based biotechnology company headquartered in the Alexandria Center for Life Science, announced Thursday it has launched Series A financing of $44 million.
HEALTH REPUBLIC COLLATERAL DAMAGE — The Syracuse Post-Standard reports: “An Eastwood company that processes claims for troubled health insurer Health Republic laid off another 27 employees this week. http://bit.ly/1HXi8nw
FINANCES — Losses at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center contributed to a more than 50 percent decline in operating income for its new parent company in the three-month period that ended Sept. 30, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. http://bit.ly/1HXkAdP
HEALTH RANKINGS — New York moved up one spot in the 26th Annual America’s Health Rankings from the United Health Foundation, from 14th place to 13th place. http://bit.ly/1wYWIzQ
ACROSS THE RIVER: The New Jersey Assembly health committee advanced a bill Thursday that would raise the legal age to buy and sell tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 19 to 21. http://politi.co/1Q3IQ0E
-SAFE STAFFING — The committee also advanced a bill that would mandate minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios for all units in general and special hospitals and ambulatory surgery facilities.
-HOSPITAL GROUPS — A group of seven hospitals filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court on Thursday to halt Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey from advertising its new OMNIA tiered health plans. http://politi.co/1TEdfQR
PHARMA REPORT: Ed Silverman has a really interesting read on why Takeda Pharmaceuticals is asking a federal appeals court to rule that a Native American tribal court does not have jurisdiction over a lawsuit. http://bit.ly/1HXjz5p
-UNDERCUTTING? — Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, which recently made a much cheaper compounded alternative to Turing's Daraprim, is planning to challenge other high-priced, off-patent drugs with compounded formulations, CEO Mark Baum tells POLITICO.
WHAT WE’RE READING:
-THIS COULD BE BIG — POLITICO reports that Vermont is negotiating with federal officials to secure an "all-payer waiver."
-A NEW TACK — Bloomberg Business published a really long article on Theranos, reviewing how the company, which claims it will revolutionize the blood testing industry, got itself in so much trouble and whether it can get itself out. http://bloom.bg/1HXlaZ0
-DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS — ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein and NPR look “at the damage caused by small-scale privacy breaches and how little enforcement has been taken by federal regulators against the health care providers responsible for them. http://bit.ly/1mdkgxx
-WRONG DIRECTION — More than 750 hospitals will have their Medicare payments cut 1 percent because they failed to adequately reduce rates of hospital-acquired conditions, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. http://go.cms.gov/1Q3K7EZ
-A PARTY DIVIDED — Many Senate Democrats can’t wait to repeal the excise tax on high-cost plans, and Hillary Clinton now says she opposes the tax. http://bv.ms/1Z2y2Bj
TODAY'S TIP — Comes from the state’s health department: “Candles, trees, holiday lights & decorations are leading causes in home fires. Use flame-resistant or flame-retardant decorations.”
-YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT ‚— When the agricultural revolution began, human DNA changed dramatically, altering their height, digestion, immune system and skin color, according to a study in Nature. http://nyti.ms/1TEeShA
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