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Nursing home owner loses US funding after Ida evacuations

May. 24, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A nursing home owner in Louisiana who lost the state licenses for his seven facilities after moving hundreds of residents to a poorly equipped warehouse as Hurricane Ida approached has now been barred from federal health care programs. State officials found...

Arizona gives special practice permits to med school grads

May. 22, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is one of a just handful of states that issues special practice permits to medical school graduates who haven’t completed a residency. But six months into the program, use of the permits is low. Supporters of the program say it’s one way to address...

Likely Senate contest in Kentucky pits ideological opposites

May. 11, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul rarely targets his likely Democratic challenger by name, but the Republican's campaign attacks in Kentucky are unmistakably aimed at Charles Booker's agenda — in what's shaping up as a populist-themed battle featuring starkly different ideas to win the...

Inspectors: State hospital campus failed to protect patients

May. 09, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State inspectors have found a series of lapses at the Oregon State Hospital’s campus in Junction City, including failures to take steps to protect patients from physical harm. The inquiry began last year when a Junction City patient walked away from an...

Change at the top for Biogen after Alzheimer's drug flops

May. 03, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

Biogen will replace its CEO and largely abandon marketing of its controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm less than a year after the medication's launch triggered a backlash from experts, doctors and insurers. CEO Michel Vounatsos will continue to lead the Biogen until a successor is...

Psychiatric hospital patient charged with assaulting woman

Apr. 29, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A patient at Montana's state psychiatric hospital is charged with aggravated assault after authorities say he repeatedly kicked a fellow patient in the head in an attack that left her with severe injuries and led federal regulators to end the hospital's reimbursements from...

Biden endorses moderate incumbent in Oregon House race

Apr. 25, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — President Joe Biden is endorsing incumbent Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District. The endorsement was the president’s first this year. Schrader is a moderate who has voted against some of Biden's priorities in the...

State hospital administrator out after federal funding loss

Apr. 21, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The administrator of Montana's state psychiatric hospital is leaving his post amid the facility's loss of Medicare and Medicaid funding for repeated failures to meet health and safety standards, the state health department said Thursday. Kyle Fouts, who has led...

DOJ: 21 people charged nationwide with $150M in COVID fraud

Apr. 20, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-one people have been charged in the past nine days as part of a nationwide enforcement push to root out those who exploit the pandemic through health care fraud schemes, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The cases resulted in about $150 million in...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Apr. 19, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: April 13 The Guardian say the cost of living crisis is a global emergency The UK is sliding into a social and economic crisis, the likes of which its people have not seen for decades....