Study: Medicaid expansion failed to boost critical hospital operations

A new study has found that hospitals covered by the Medicaid expansion have not seen improved quality scores or better staffing levels. Water quality issues, HIV / AIDS issues, poison gas, legal marijuana and many more are also in the news.

Modern Healthcare: Medicaid Expansion Has Not Improved Critical Access Hospital Operations

The expansion of Medicaid has not made critical access hospitals more financially stable or better for patient care than state hospitals without expansion. A new study published in the December issue of Health Affairs found that these hospitals did not experience improved quality scores or better staffing levels overall compared to critical access facilities in the states. who have not extended the insurance program. (Gillespie, 12/7)

In the news about water quality –

CBS News: Hawaii Department of Health issues emergency order after petroleum products are found in Navy water system

The Hawaii Department of Health issued an emergency order on Tuesday, calling on the Navy to take further action to remedy its water supply system after tests detected petroleum products in one of its well. The order comes a day after Navy officials at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam announced they would suspend operations at a large fleet of fuel tanks near the contaminated water well. “The Navy’s contamination of drinking water has impacted everyone in O’ahu – military and civilian – and we must take appropriate action to protect the drinking water we all share as a community. Hawaii Director of Health Dr Elizabeth Char said Tuesday. . (Powell, 12/7)

Charleston Gazette-Mail: State lawmakers consider update to water quality standard that environmentalists oppose

A panel of West Virginia lawmakers is expected to consider an update to the state’s water quality standards on Wednesday, which has angered environmental groups. The provision would allow the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to assess water quality criteria on a case-by-case basis, a change the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and other environmental groups see as a loophole. for chemical manufacturers and other industries. (Tony, 12/7)

Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Dirty Water: A Jackson Neighborhood’s Struggle To Trust Faucets

On the small steps of a small brick house on Grand Avenue, an old black woman tries to drag two cases of 24 bottles of water. Bobbie Johnson, a 76-year-old slim woman with straight gray hair, buys water every few days at the local Save A Lot grocery store. She drags the suitcases out the front door, over worn brown carpet, past mess and pictures of her 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren hanging on the walls of the salon. (Sanderlin and Rowe, 12/8)

In the news about HIV / AIDS –

Georgia Health News: Routine HIV testing in prisons makes medical and economic sense, study finds

Routine HIV testing of inmates when they enter prison would lead to a much higher number of diagnosed infections and, overall, save on health care, according to a recently published study. Researchers from the CDC, Emory University and the Georgia Department of Public Health focused on a change in HIV testing at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta. Three years ago, the prison moved from routine inmate testing to a more haphazard process. This led to dozens of missed HIV diagnoses over the course of a year, according to the study published in November in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (Miller, 12/7)

Philadelphia Inquirer: HIV detection and treatment in Philadelphia dropped due to COVID-19

Fewer people have been tested and fewer people have been able to access care while most of the city’s services were closed at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The result? The HIV count in Philadelphia as of 2020 is likely artificially low, city health officials said in the report released Tuesday. And people already living with an HIV diagnosis were more likely not to receive care in the past year, either because HIV services were closed, or because they were afraid of contracting COVID in a doctor’s office, or a hospital. People living with HIV can also be immunocompromised, which increases the fear of contracting the virus. (Whelan, 12/7)

In other news from across the United States –

CBS Atlanta emails link Sterigenics owner to toxic gas release

More than 300 people have developed cancer or other illnesses, lawyers say, as a result of exposure to toxic gas at a Cobb County medical sterilization plant. The lawsuits allege that the Smyrna plant, Sterigenics, which has come under fire for the past two years, released airborne toxins that have caused high cancer risks for people living in the surrounding neighborhoods. Today, new court records reveal that another company could potentially be to blame. Not only is Sterigenics on the trial list, its owner, Prologis, is as well. (12/7)

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah prisoners received delayed and inadequate medical treatment, audit finds

They rummaged through trash cans, pieced together shredded forms, and reviewed patient records for dozens of sick and incarcerated people at Utah State Prison. What state legislative auditors found, they say, was evidence of an inadequate prison health care system in Utah, riddled with so many “systemic deficiencies” that it often resulted in poor prison health. delayed and inadequate care for prisoners. Legislative auditors found that some diabetic prisoners did not receive food quickly enough after receiving insulin. They found private medical journals in a public dumpster outside the prison – twice. And a medical expert hired to review patient records has found that at least two prisoners who contracted COVID-19 did not receive medical follow-up for days as they became increasingly ill. (Miller, 12/7)

AP: Missouri effort launched to put legal marijuana on the 2022 vote

The leader of a campaign to legalize marijuana use in Missouri said he was confident the issue would be resolved if his group gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the 2022 election ballot. called Legal Missouri 2022 last week launched a petition initiative that, if successful, would allow anyone 21 and over to buy, consume, possess or grow marijuana for any reason. . Currently, the state allows the use of marijuana only for medical reasons. (12/8)

Albany Herald: Report recommends increased penalties for violence against healthcare workers

A state Senate study committee has called on the General Assembly to consider toughening penalties for violent attacks on Georgia healthcare workers. But new legislation to address the issue is unlikely as criminal justice experts believe existing law already covers violence in the health care workplace, said Senator Kay Kirkpatrick, R-Marietta, chair of the study committee and orthopedic surgeon. “Sanctions are already in place for aggravated assault and aggravated assault and battery,” she said. “I cannot promise that legislation will come or pass if proposed.” (Williams, 12/7)

Bangor Daily News: Brewer Food Pantry could close if it doesn’t upgrade $ 40,000 for new roof and building repairs

The IHO Brewer Food Pantry must raise approximately $ 40,000 to pay for a new roof and water damage repairs at its facility at 222 North Main St. If the organization cannot raise the money to pay for the work completed, it will close the pantry that serves families in Brewer, Eddington and other neighboring communities, warned Rich Romero, director of resource development at the IHO on Tuesday. (Harrison, 12/7)

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