NHS pledge raises pressure for higher taxes, warns OBR
Theresa May’s health spending commitment seen to put public finances at risk (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Congress Considers Bill To Make Gym Memberships, Fitness Classes Tax Deductible
Headed to the gym this summer? You may soon be able to claim a tax benefit for the trip. The House Ways and Means Committee has advanced a bill which would grant taxpayers a break on gym memberships and fitness classes. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Oklahoma Medicaid approved for drug pricing experiment
Oklahoma's Medicaid program is the nation's first to be approved to experiment with a new way of paying for prescription drugs that supporters say could save taxpayer dollars and provide patients with the most effective drugs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

South Africa:North West Health Department Tows Mediosa Health Units
[News24Wire] North West MEC for health Magome Masike said that the department had sent out tow trucks to collect mobile units belonging to Gupta-linked company Mediosa in its bid to recoup what it said was taxpayers' money lost to Mediosa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:North West Health Works Towards Recouping Mediosa Money
[Govt of SA] MEC Magome Masike says the Department of Health is working towards recouping taxpayers' money lost to Mediosa Company. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

CMS Proposes Rule Change to Protect Medicaid Provider Payments
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule change to the Medicaid Provider Reassignment regulation. In 2014, this regulation was revised with a new exception authorizing the state to divert Medicaid payments to third parties to fund other costs on behalf of providers. This rule would eliminate that exception in an effort to ensure that taxpayer dollars dedicated to providing healthcare services for low-income patients are not diverted inappropriately. CMS is accepting comments on this proposed rule change. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 10, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Matt Hancock appointed health secretary in cabinet reshuffle
Mr Hancock must address funding shortfall, says BMA Related items fromOnMedica Integration of health and social care lacks ‘transparency’ ‘Substantial tax rises’ needed to keep the NHS afloat General taxation still best way to generate NHS funds Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows NHS England last met a key target in February 2016 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

AdvaMed readies media push ahead of House vote on medical device tax repeal
The lobbying group that represents the medical device industry’s heaviest hitters is planning an all-out D.C. media blitz ahead of an expected vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on permanently repealing the medtech tax. Although the 2.3% levy on prescribed medical devices was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it didn’t go into effect until 2012 and was mothballed two years later; that moratorium, extended earlier this year, is slated to end in 2020. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), facing a tough re-election campaign, is taking yet another run at repealing the medical device tax.&...
Source: Mass Device - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Business/Financial News Capitol Hill medicaldevicetax Source Type: news

Bovie Medical to deal core electro-cautery biz to Symmetry Surgical for $97m
Bovie Medical (NYSE:BVX) shares rode a roller coaster today on the news that it’s dealing its core electro-cautery business to Symmetry Surgical for $97 million and is on track to beat estimates with its second-quarter sales. Clearwater, Fla.-based Bovie, which is making a pivot toward the cosmetic surgery market, said the all-cash deal for the electrosurgical and cauteries business includes its namesake brand. It also involves transition services, patent licensing, disposables supply and generator manufacturing agreements; Bovie said the latter term sets it up as an OEM supplier to Symmetry “at least...
Source: Mass Device - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Mergers & Acquisitions Surgical Wall Street Beat Source Type: news

California Lawmakers Capitulate to Industry, Ban Sugary Drink Tax California Lawmakers Capitulate to Industry, Ban Sugary Drink Tax
The new bill restricts new local taxes on sugary drinks but allows jurisdictions to retain taxes already in place to curb consumption of these products, which are linked with diabetes and heart disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Scott Pruitt Steps Down From EPA
The embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator resigns amid persistent questions about his ethics and use of taxpayer dollars. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 5, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Feds indict 9 in $950m Operation “ Spinal Cap ” fraud case
US federal prosecutors with the Department of Justice this week unsealed charges against nine new defendants they claim are part of a long-running healthcare fraud case responsible for more than $950 million in fraudulent claims. The fraud scheme was reportedly run by former Long Beach, Calif.-based Pacific Hospital owner Michael Drobot, who was involved in more than $40 million in illegal kickbacks paid to medical professionals in exchange for referrals for patients who received treatment at the hospital, according to a DoJ release. Included in the charges are Pacific Hospital orthopedic surgeons Daniel Capen, Timothy Hun...
Source: Mass Device - July 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Legal News Spinal U.S. Justice Dept. (DOJ) Source Type: news

Thinking About Implementing A Soda Tax? Here Is A'How To' Guide
A new World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) report summarizes which locations have implemented sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes and the lessons learned. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Thinking About Implementing A Soda Tax? Here Is A'How To' Guide
A new World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) report summarizes which locations have implemented sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes and the lessons learned. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Study: 21 Percent Of Mass. Adults Used Marijuana In Past 30 Days
BOSTON (CBS) – One-fifth of Massachusetts adults had used marijuana in the past 30 days, with one-third of those admitting to driving while under the influence of marijuana, a statewide study released Friday by state public health officials has found. Marijuana use was highest among 18-to-25 year-olds, the study found. The study, conducted by the state Department of Public Health, was mandated by state lawmakers as part of revisions to the 2016 adult-use marijuana law. The purpose of the study was to investigate the patterns of use, methods of consumption, and general perceptions of marijuana; incidents of impai...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated Local Marijuana Source Type: news

California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding.
The bill to pre-empt taxes is part of a wider industry effort to skip cities and go straight to the states. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANAHAD O ’ CONNOR and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Soft Drinks Sales and Excise Taxes Law and Legislation States (US) American Beverage Assn California Source Type: news

California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes
Soda taxes may stop popping up in California and elsewhere thanks to a new push by the beverage industry to fight such measures. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: California governor OKs 12-year soda tax ban
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a measure blocking new local taxes on soda and other sugary drinks for the next 12 years (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

California may block new local soda taxes
Soda taxes may stop popping up in California and elsewhere thanks to a new push by the beverage industry to fight such measures. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Four doctors among the 13 Tampa Bay residents charged in a massive national crackdown on health care fraud
Four physicians and nine other individuals are among the 13 people from the Tampa Bay area facing charges in what the U.S. Department of Justice says is the largest health care fraud enforcement action in its history. Nationwide, 601 defendants are accused of taking part in fraud schemes involving more than $2 billion in false billings, according to a press release from the DOJ. “Health care fraud is a betrayal of vulnerable patients, and often it is theft from the taxpayer,” U.S. Attorney… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 28, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Margie Manning Source Type: news

The Latest: California Senate passes soda tax ban
The California Senate has reluctantly approved a measure prohibiting new local taxes on soda for the next 12 years after slamming the beverage industry (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

California Banning Soda Taxes? A New Industry Strategy Is Stunning Some Lawmakers
The bill to pre-empt taxes is part of a wider industry effort to skip cities and go straight to the states. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANAHAD O ’ CONNOR and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Soft Drinks Sales and Excise Taxes Law and Legislation States (US) American Beverage Assn California Source Type: news

New US-China Tariffs Could Affect Science
The list of imports subject to additional taxes include products used in research, but the effect of the trade dispute is still unclear. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - June 27, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

The shocking rise of TB in cows
New data shows bovine TB is on the rise in England, proving that independent meat inspectors are needed more than ever. The government has just published data showing 4,288 cows had to be slaughtered because of TB in March this year, up from the 3,900 in February, and continuing the general upward trend. Since 1996 – when the data goes back to ­– there has been a massive 980% increase in cows slaughtered because of TB. The disease is on the rise in England and Wales, but not in Scotland, which is considered ‘bovine TB free.’ But why does bovine TB matter? It is possible for humans to catch TB i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: P.S data Source Type: news

Assessing the value of family safety networks in child protective services: early findings from Minnesota - Nelson ‐Dusek S, Rothe MI, Roberts YH, Pecora PJ.
The considerable number of families served continues to place systemic challenges on the child welfare system. Jurisdictions are turning to new strategies to increase family engagement in services and to leverage taxed or limited resources. Signs of Safety... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Will California taxpayers have to take on cost of removing lead paint?
Two paint makers are backing a California initiative which would undo a pricey court ruling holding them accountable for selling toxic paint (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Will California taxpayers have to take on lead paint fixes?
Two paint manufacturers, Sherwin Williams and Conagra, that want to wipe out potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in legal obligations could send the issue to voters. They could have enough signatures today to put their initiative on California's November ballot. The manufacturers want to dedicate taxpayer money to remove lead paint from homes and schools. The measure would undo a pricey court ruling that holds them accountable for selling toxic paint. John Blackstone reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dear America, the LEFT has declared war on you
(Natural News) Dear America, the societal left has declared war on you. (Article by Kevin McCullough republished from TownHall.com) While you’ve been busy enjoying your new jobs, improved wages, lower taxes, and less government interference in your life the left has decided that all of those things are immoral. They must be undone. And those... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Restrictions on Conference Attendance for USGS Scientists
The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Office of Administration has rolled out new guidelines for USGS scientists attending two major geological sciences conferences. The guidelines, obtained by the Washington Post, were posted on the agency’s internal website. According to the guidelines, scientists at the agency will be required to provide a detailed “attendee justification” and submit their presentation titles for review by the Department of the Interior (DOI) when applying for travel approval to attend the annual conference of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in Washington, DC, and the Geologi...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 25, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Tax cut for rich means billions lost to Exchequer
Cutting income tax for people earning more than £1m per year has deprived the Exchequer of more than £11.1bn over the past sixyears, according to new analysis by UNISON published today (Sunday). The government’s decision to reduce the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p in April 2013 has also saved the rich hundreds of thousands of pounds, while public sector workers have not had a decent pay rise in years, says the union. An examination of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) statistics by UNISON shows that between 15,000 and 19,000 taxpayers earned in excess of £1m over the past sixyears. This is si...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis government nurses public services social care Tax UNISON Source Type: news

UNISON conference makes the case for a ‘ Workers ’ Brexit ’
UNISON must fight for a “Workers’ Brexit” that will ensure that hard-won human and workers’ rights are not lost when the UK leaves Europe, Brighton delegates agreed this week. The union also reiterated its desire for parliament to be central to the exit negotiations. The alternative was that the Tory government’s internal divisions and ideological entrenchment “is in real danger of pushing the country towards a cliff edge”. The union discussed Brexit on Wednesday, on the eve of a Commons vote that narrowly passed the EU Withdrawal Bill, in a way that continued to cast doubt on parl...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News BREXIT eu migrant Feb 2017 eu migrant lobby health and social care NHS Source Type: news

Smoking Rates In U.S. Hit All-Time Low, CDC Says
NEW YORK (CBS Local/CBS News) – Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults admit to being smokers last year, down from about 16 percent in 2016, government figures from the CDC show. There hadn’t been much change the previous two years, but it’s been clear there’s been a general decline and the new figures show it’s continuing, according to K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of South Carolina. “Everything is pointed in the right direction,” including falling cigarette sales and other indicators, Cummi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Smoking talkers Source Type: news

The alarming crisis in health and social care
“As it prepares to turn 70, the NHS is coming towards the worst decade in its existence as far as funding goes,” began the discussion of health and social care. The mover of the motion said that, “services have been repeatedly run down by a government that prefers tax cuts for the wealthy to a well-funded NHS… we now have a permanent winter for our NHS and workloads and stress loads have gone through the roof for many members.” Tracy Holmes, from Sefton local government branch, told delegates about the bad practise in homecare she had witnessed: from visits of just five minutes scheduled...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article health health care NDC 2018 save care now social care Source Type: news

Kenya:Muraguri on the Spot Over Sh1 Billion Portable Clinics
[Nation] Former Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri triggered the procurement of 100 portable container clinics that cost the taxpayer Sh1 billion, Parliament heard Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tax rise to pay for NHS boost - Hunt
The health secretary says there will be an "increased burden of taxation" to pay for the extra funds. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS funding: Brexit 'won't save enough' to fund £20bn boost
Jeremy Hunt says there will be an "increased burden of taxation" to pay for the extra £20bn a year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

General taxation still best way to generate NHS funds
Experts explore financial models to fund health Related items fromOnMedica Expert Panel proposes ring-fenced tax solely for NHS and social care Cancer strategies failed to improve one-year survival Health Foundation sets out reasons for more NHS investment GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse NHS is failing patients with mental health problems (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Report: Stryker puts in takeover bid for Boston Scientific
Stryker (NYSE:SYK) has put in a bid as it looks to acquire rival Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX), according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Boston Scientific has not actively responded to the approach, according to the report, which came from sources “familiar with the matter,” according to the WSJ. “As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on potential M&A,” a Stryker representative said, according to a Reuters report. The deal would create a combined medical device company worth more than $110 billion, according to Reuters, with Boston Scientific holding a market v...
Source: Mass Device - June 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Mergers & Acquisitions Wall Street Beat Boston Scientific Stryker Source Type: news

Tax News - Tax Credits, IRS Policies, State & Federal Taxes, Filing Taxes
Read the latest taxes news and issues including tax credits, IRS policies, state and federal taxes. ... AARP In Your State Visit the AARP state page for information about events, news and resources... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - June 8, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

INVESTIGATION: Planned Parenthood has been covering up child sex abuse for decades
(Natural News) The nation’s largest supplier of abortions and other “women’s health” procedures, Planned Parenthood, is the subject of a new investigatory report that exposes the taxpayer-funded baby death organization as an active ally in the cover-up of rampant child sex abuse. The pro-life group Live Action first broke the story as part of a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surviving the Windrush scandal
“I had this knot in my stomach constantly, and a void inside my head,” says Michael Braithwaite, as he remembers the days and weeks following the news that he had lost his job and even faced deportation from a country in which he’d lived almost his entire life. “To think that maybe tomorrow I would not be with my family, or in a place I love, was devastating. I used to have bad nightmares. They were always very vivid. I’d be stuck in some unknown place, it was never the same, waking up not knowing what was going to happen. “I had to hold onto my soul, my spirit, me as a person. I just ha...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: matheoud Tags: Article Magazine education immigration immigration bill 2015 Windrush Source Type: news

U.S. black lung fund will need taxpayer bailout if coal tax falls: GAO
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal fund to help U.S. coal miners disabled by black lung disease will require a multi-billion dollar taxpayer bailout if Congress doesn't extend or increase the tax on coal production that funds it, according to a government report on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Feds: Skimping can't save seniors from rising med cost
Report blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing older taxpayers. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

APNewsBreak: Skimping can't save seniors from upped med cost
Report blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing older taxpayers. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Seniors scrimp but still spend more for meds
Report blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing older taxpayers. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

WHO Panel Calls for More Political Will to Fight Chronic Disease WHO Panel Calls for More Political Will to Fight Chronic Disease
A World Health Organization (WHO) panel wants global leaders to combat chronic diseases by promoting lifestyle changes. It recommended raising taxes on tobacco and alcohol.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

US blocks UN health panel from backing taxes on sugar drinks
The Trump administration has torpedoed a plan to recommend higher taxes on sugary drinks, forcing a World Health Organization panel to back off the U.N. agency's previous call for such taxes to fight obesity, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Next Great American Public Health Campaign? Readers Make Their Picks
We asked which public health intervention was most needed in this era. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: THE UPSHOT STAFF Tags: Preventive Medicine Medicine and Health Sugar Sales and Excise Taxes Diabetes Source Type: news

Funding the National Health Service requires higher taxes
Political cowardice obstructs solution as the population ages and costs increase (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news