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NO TO CUTS — Several dozen health care workers, community advocates and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall Thursday, firing a warning shot at Mayor Bill de Blasio. They would not, they said, accept cuts to New York City Health + Hospitals. No closings, they said, no privatization. Their concern stems from a report, due in the coming weeks, from Manatt Phelps & Phillips, a consulting firm hired by de Blasio, to examine the finances of Health + Hospitals. http://politi.co/23J7wiA
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EXTENDED HOURS FOR MAMMOGRAMS — Mammography providers will now be required to offer extended hours at least two days each week. Read the new regulations here: http://on.ny.gov/1TUuoJk
NOW WE KNOW — Have you ever encountered a bearcat and wondered why it smelled like buttered popcorn? In the event you have, a new study by Duke University has an answer: The chemical compound that gives freshly made popcorn that mouthwatering smell is also the major aroma emitted by bearcat pee. http://bit.ly/23JbB6s
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DON’T DO THAT — A husband and wife who operated a "three-quarter house" were arrested Wednesday morning in Brooklyn and charged with money laundering, kickbacks and grand larceny. Yury and Rimma Baumblit, who were the subject of a New York Times investigation,could face up to 15 years in prison. The Baumblits are accused of forcing their residents to attend certain drug treatment programs in exchange for more than $2 million in Medicaid kickbacks.
GET WELL SOON — State Sen. Jim Seward, chairman of his chamber’s insurance committee, underwent surgery for bladder cancer on Wednesday, his office announced Thursday. Seward said his physicians told him the cancer was found in the early stages and that he is expected to make a full recovery. He said he was diagnosed in early February. Seward had a successful surgery at Albany Medical Center, where he is still a patient. Seward said his doctors have assured him the cancer is “completely curable” and he expects to be back at work in a few weeks.
FIXING MEDICAID — A report from the fiscally conservative Empire Center found that the state needs to do a better job encouraging Medicaid patients to take better care of their health. http://bit.ly/1qKqGGM
SUED — Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has filed a lawsuit against CDPHP over claims the Albany-based health insurance company is breaking the law by delaying coverage for hepatitis C treatment. http://bit.ly/1qKr0oQ
BREAKOUT— Nearly 90 people at the University of Rochester have fallen ill with symptoms linked to norovirus. A source has not been identified and there are no plans to cancel classes. http://bit.ly/1qKr9ZB
APPROVED — The Buffalo Business Review reports the Public Health and Health Planning Council on Thursday approved Niagara County’s first cardiac catheterization lab. http://bit.ly/1qKrNGt
GETTING PROBED — The Buffalo News reports: “Officials with Buffalo Medical Group are conducting an internal investigation into whether a licensed practical nurse who works for the practice disclosed the names and medical conditions of an unknown number of patients several years ago.” http://bit.ly/1YwEjE2
INSURANCE REPORT: POLITICO reports: “Obamacare has not been good for the Blues. Profits for Blue Cross Blue Shield plans plummeted by 75.3 percent between 2013 and 2015, according to a new report by A.M. Best Company.” Get the report here: http://bit.ly/1Q9KGag
WHAT WE’RE READING:
-OH CANADA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation Thursday legalizing physician-assisted suicide for individuals with serious medical conditions. http://nyti.ms/1qV1DRN
-START-UP WILL FILL YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS — BuzzFeed showcases PillPack, a start-up company that fills prescriptions and ships them in an individual dose, making it easier for customers. http://bzfd.it/1qKq1VP
-DON’T DO THAT — Here’s a lede from Modern Healthcare that is hard to believe. “Hospitals continue to struggle with long-standing patient safety issues, such as leaving sponges and towels inside of patients having surgery and failing to create a culture where staffers speak up about mistakes.” http://bit.ly/23A8OQw
-INFORMED CONSENT — The Boston Globe reports: “The world’s largest surgeons’ organization has issued its first-ever guidelines for surgeons managing simultaneous operations, saying the controversial practice is broadly permissible, within limits, but that “the patient needs to be informed” whenever a doctor runs more than one operating room at a time.” http://bit.ly/23A94it
-POLITICS BLOCKS DATABASE— Political gridlock in Missouri has been blocking the creation of a database for prescription narcotics. http://bit.ly/1qKqh7d
-POINTING FINGERS — “When it comes to Zika funding, President Barack Obama and Republicans agree on one point: It’s the other guy’s fault.” Read more from the Washington Post: http://wapo.st/1VoxGFM
-KIDS THESE DAYS — E-cigarettes are now the most common tobacco products used by teenagers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
TODAY'S TIP — Comes from the state’s Department of Health. “If you’re planning for a poured asphalt roof or a new membrane, here’s how to avoid serious indoor air quality problems.” http://on.ny.gov/23JcjR4
-EAT WORMS — Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that worm-like parasites may actually help create a healthy intestinal tract. http://bit.ly/23Jaioa
-STONER BRAIN — In a study conducted by the Columbia University Medical Center, researchers found signs that heavy marijuana users had compromised dopamine systems. http://bit.ly/23JaG5X
-LASTING EFFECT —Post-traumatic stress disorder can be cured for most people who receive early treatment, but a substantial number still suffer for years, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. http://bit.ly/1YwGpnp
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