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Many 2020 Democrats' health care proposals feature aggressive price regulations, either as a feature or a byproduct — a sign the party has largely given up on the idea that competition alone can keep costs in check.
Between the lines: It's not just Democrats. As public outrage has grown over prescription drug prices and surprise medical bills, there's been bipartisan congressional interest in regulating prices.
"The two big trends are increasing out-of-pocket costs to consumers and increasing disparity between public and commercial rates — and therefore consumer and employer pushback on those dynamics — and policymakers are now attempting to respond."— Chris Jennings, a Democratic health care consultant
The big picture: "Medicare for All" brings all provider and drug reimbursements under the federal government's control.
Even the more moderate candidates' public-option plans would enroll more Americans in government health care plans that set rates. And some have pitched ideas like limiting how much providers can charge for out-of-network care.
All of the leading 2020 candidates have proposed drug policies, ranging from limiting how much drug companies can increase their prices to allowing the federal government to strip the patent from drugs that are deemed too expensive.
The other side: The industry hates all of these ideas.
An emergency room staffing firm owned by TeamHealth has filed thousands of lawsuits against patients in Memphis in the last few years, ProPublica and MLK50 report.
This is a collision of two storylines: the aggressive billing practices of private equity-backed health care companies, and providers' decision to take patients to court to collect their medical debts.
Between the lines: TeamHealth has already been in hot water for its role in surprise billing.
By the numbers: The Memphis subsidiary Southeastern Emergency Physicians has filed more than 4,800 lawsuits against patients in Shelby County General Sessions Court since 2017, per ProPublica and MLK50.
There have been almost 100 preventable deaths in California's psychiatric facilities over the last decade, the LA Times reports.
Why it matters: The investigation "marks the first public count of deaths at California’s mental health facilities and highlights breakdowns in care at these hospitals as well as the struggles of regulators to reduce the number of deaths," Soumya Karlamangla writes.
What they're saying: Experts told the Times that the number of inpatient deaths in California doesn't appear to be higher than national averages, but raises huge concerns about patient safety.
Go deeper: The dark side of psychiatric hospitals
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Roughly 25% of youths experience depression, anxiety, poor sleep and high stress due to "problematic smartphone use," according to new research published Friday in BMC Psychiatry.
Why it matters: The report says the ways young people use smartphones — which mimic behavioral addiction — could be more harmful for mental health than the phones themselves, Axios' Orion Rummler reports.
What they found: 17- to 19-year-olds are the most frequent sufferers of problematic smartphone use, as found by over a dozen studies cited in the report, and those users said that social networking was the most important part of using a smartphone.
Go deeper: The growing war on tech addiction