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POLITICO New York Health Care: The politics of a safety net expansion; Bassett on Zika

06/27/2016 10:00 AM EDT

POLITICO New York Health Care: The politics of a safety net expansion; Bassett on Zika

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written by Dan Goldberg

EXPANDING THE SAFETY NET - Shortly before the 2016 legislative session ended, a bill that for months had flown under the radar moved rapidly through both houses, taking even its strongest advocates by surprise. The legislation, which passed unanimously and now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk, would narrow the definition of a safety net hospital and instruct the state health commissioner to raise reimbursement rates for hospitals that meet the new criteria. Normally, a bill like this would put the Cuomo administration in a bind, forcing a decision between competing interests for a finite pot of Medicaid money. But this legislation allocates no funding and wouldn't take effect until April 1, after the state budget is scheduled to be completed - meaning that for Cuomo to sign the bill would have essentially the same impact as for him to veto the bill. Read my story here:

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NOW WE KNOW - Finally! Scientists have created a shampoo bottle that pushes out every last drop. Researchers from The Ohio State University, writing in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, explain that they lined a plastic bottle with microscopic y-shaped structures so the soap sits above air pockets and never touches the inside of the bottle.

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FROM A TO ZIKA - Health commissioner Mary Bassett was on Inside City Hall Friday evening discussing the Zika virus and the opioid epidemic.

AUDIT - A city health department employee instructed colleagues to claim 30 day care centers had tested negative for lead in the water even when there was no documentation to prove that had occurred, according to an audit City Comptroller Scott Stringer's office released on Friday.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME - New York-Presbyterian recently offered 100-year bonds, according to Modern Healthcare.

HEALTH PLAN PARTNERSHIP - The state's health plan marketplace and the Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Friday that they're joining forces and will visit hundreds of farmers markets throughout New York to get people to sign up for health insurance coverage.

DON'T DO THAT - The New York Daily News reports: "Manhattan prosecutors said Thursday that disgraced former Mount Sinai doctor David Newman used a 'general anesthetic' to knock out a victim before masturbating on her in the emergency room, which apparently disproves his lame alibi."

PHARMA REPORT: - My POLITICO Europe colleagues explain the effects Brexit might have on the health care industry. "Britain's Brexit result ignites a long period of uncertainty in the health sector, on the relocation of the European Medicines Agency, on staffing the National Health Service and on funding research."


-MONDAY MORNING LONG READ - The New York Times examines some of the horrifying consequences that have occurred when municipalities turn over emergency services to private companies.

-DON'T DO THAT - Local officials say a few dozen people were injured in Texas when they walked across hot coals at a Tony Robbins event, the kind that's about believing you can do anything you set your mind to. Turns out, the problem may have been caused by people taking selfies while standing on hot coals.

-LET ME HEAR YOU TESTIFY - Atul Gawande and other experts testified in front of a Senate committee on Thursday on how to improve hospice and palliative care. Here's what they said.

-SORRY, YOU'RE NOT REALLY DYING OF EVERYTHING - The Washington Post reports that Google is making a concerted effort to refine its search results so that putting in medical symptoms doesn't scare people to death. "[Last] Monday, the company unveiled symptom search, a new feature that offers you legitimate information curated by Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic experts."

TODAY'S TIP - Comes from the Cleveland Clinic, which reminds us that "[w]e hear more about brain-eating amoeba in the summer because more people are going in freshwater lakes and rivers."


-EPIGENETICS - Researchers from Mount Sinai say CBX8, a protein, promotes tumor growth in the most lethal forms of breast cancer.

-GUT FEELING - Fungi living in our guts may be as useful as the bacteria living in our intestines, according to research from Weill Cornell Medicine, published in Cell Host & Microbe.

-BAD DATA - NYU researchers, writing in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, explain why self-reported opioid use among teenagers may be misleading.

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