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Congress' criminal justice reform bill has some implications for the opioid crisis, my colleague Caitlin Owens reports.
What they're saying: "The bill comes far short of requiring BOP to provide treatment inside and to be linked to the treatment on the outside upon re-entry, [and] that's a huge missed opportunity," Northeastern University's Leo Beletsky says.
Democrats and a lot of independents want Congress to tackle health care, but Republicans aren’t into it. That’s the takeaway from the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest health care tracking poll.
By the numbers: A strong plurality of Democrats — 27% — listed health care as the issue they most want the new Congress to address.
The poll also found widespread support for the Trump administration’s plan to put drugs’ list prices in their TV ads — even after hearing that the information may not be super useful to consumers (because people will pay different prices depending on their insurance).
Amazon is expanding its health care business beyond prescription drugs and medical supplies. The company is also developing software to read and analyze electronic medical records, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Details, via WSJ:
A common refrain from telehealth advocates is the technology will help people in remote areas get routine care and checkups they otherwise wouldn’t. But new research shows rural dwellers are a really small portion of patients who actually use telehealth services, Axios’ Bob Herman reports.
The bottom line: Telehealth is still both very uncommon — less than 7 annual visits per 1,000 people, according to the study — and mostly used as a convenience for people in bigger cities.
A pair of professors at Penn's health economics institute have noticed a problem lately, and I happen to agree with their diagnosis: There is, in their words, an "acute problem" with "BS in the health care industry."
Be smart: The professors, Lawton Burns and Mark Pauly, have come up with a handy checklist to help spot spin and false promises. A sampling of their red flags...
I promise this paper is a real thing, not Bob and me in disguise.