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Trump Ready To Force Transparency In Healthcare Pricing With An Executive Order
Forbes

The Trump Administration wants to make it easier for patients and employers to comparison shop for healthcare. On transparency, one can’t fault the Administration for not trying.

So far, the measures implemented have mostly been baby steps. But, this is about to change as President Trump is expected to soon release an executive order on healthcare price transparency. If enacted, this executive order would mandate disclosure of prices throughout the healthcare industry, and be enforceable by federal agencies. It would provide patients and employers pricing data that reflect the negotiated rates between insurers, hospitals, and physicians.

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Cities And States Look To Big Pharma To Cover Costs Of The Opioid Epidemic
National Public Radio

As pharmaceutical companies prepare to square off with states and local communities in courts around the U.S., a growing number of state and local officials say the industry should pay to cover the cost of the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic.

“I think they are as complicit in this as the dealers that are dealing on the streets and for that I think they should pay a price,” says Gerald Craig, executive director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board in Summit County, Ohio. That county is involved in a lawsuit against drugmakers that’s slated to go to trial later this year.

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Partnering up to close the healthcare skills gap
The Hill

The labor market in McAllen, Texas, is in a state of transformation. Unemployment, which has fallen steadily in recent years, is now near an all-time low. But the population — and the number of job openings — continues to grow.

We have, perhaps, grown accustomed to a labor market where the number of jobs exceeds the number of job seekers. But economic success is not without challenges. Skills gaps can erode a city’s long-term growth and competitiveness. And in fields like healthcare, such gaps can pose risks to more than just economic well-being.

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Nurses Know the Human Costs of Care. That’s Why Many Want ‘Medicare for All.’
New York Times

The experiences that have turned the members of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union for nurses, into vocal advocates for a universal, government-run health care system are numerous and horrific.

Renelsa Caudill, a Washington, D.C.-area cardiac nurse, remembers being forced to pull a cardiac patient out of the CT scanner before the procedure was complete.

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