The proposal would expand Kansas' Medicaid program to cover as many as 150,000 more people in the state, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Kansas, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.
In 1991, the World Health Organization and UNICEF developed the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to help bolster breastfeeding rates, but critics argue that some hospitals adhere to the program so rigidly that they undermine the wellbeing of mothers and their newborns, Carrie Arnold reports for the New York Times' "Parenting."
California Gov. Gavin Newsom in his state budget plan for the 2020-2021 fiscal year unveiled a proposal to make California the first state to sell its own generic prescription drugs, as well as other proposals intended to shake up the state's prescription drug market and lower residents' health care costs.
Health care facilities sometimes turn to pets and other furry companions to help boost patients' spirits, and an unexpected player is growing in popularity on the nursing home scene: the llama, Jennifer Kingson reports for the New York Times.
Low-value medical tests can cause a "cascade" of follow-up treatments that ultimately can lead to poorer health outcomes, Ishani Ganguli, an internist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, writes for the Washington Post. Ganguli explains why doctors still order tests like these, despite knowledge that they can backfire.
Dallas officials have reported that a 15-year-old patient has died from the vaping-linked lung illness, marking the youngest-reported death from the illness so far in the United States and highlighting the growing issue of youth vaping as cases of the illness continue to rise.