Healthcare

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The state is redesigning the way mental health and addiction services are covered under health-care plans. Those services are critical in fighting the deadly opioid crisis. That means a lot of testing is needed before implementing the new system.

The Behavioral Health Redesign intends to bring these services up to national standards and expand access. But it involves compensating those services through a different coding system, which could mean delays in payment.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

One of the Republican candidates for governor, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, unveiled a set of proposals for health care in Ohio today. Taylor prefers a system that’s gaining popularity among the GOP.

Taylor wants to switch to a direct primary-care system. Regular doctor visits would be covered by a monthly membership, through which patients pay a flat monthly fee to a doctor or company who provides the routine services. Insurance plans would be designated primarily for catastrophic coverage.

Taylor says direct primary care is already proven in some states where it’s being tried.

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The former Ohioan who was heading the federal Health and Human Services Department when the Affordable Care Act launched in 2010 is touring the country talking about it.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is the daughter of the late Gov. John Gilligan. She’s also a Democratic former governor herself, of Kansas. So Sebelius likes the idea of Ohio’s Republican governor.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The newest version of the U.S. Senate’s plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act is creating a rift between the vice president and Gov. John Kasich. The state’s Republican senator may be caught in the middle.

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ALLEGRA BOVERMAN / NHPR

Just hours before the US Senate announced its health insurance bill would be delayed, Gov. John Kasich was speaking out about funding for Medicaid with another governor – a Democrat.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Sen. Sherrod Brown was in Cleveland yesterday encouraging people to make their voices heard about the proposed Senate Health Care Bill -- which could be voted on this week -- and what it could do to Ohio’s battle against opioid abuse.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich has ended the tour promoting his new book, but he’s not done talking about the campaign or the issues that concern him – including the actions of President Trump and some of his fellow Republicans in Congress.

The governor went to speak at the Columbus Metropolitan Club.

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Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University of Ohio

The longstanding battle between the nursing home industry and Gov. John Kasich has made its way to the Ohio Senate. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports new data from Kasich’s office is reviving the fight over how to fund the state’s nursing homes.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The White House is reportedly quietly restarting talks on health care reform, after the bill President Trump and Republicans back was pulled just hours before a vote on Friday. Gov. John Kasich said he was working on that issue too this week

Kasich said he was in Washington Monday talking to lawmakers about bipartisan action on health care reform.

The Ohio Hospital Association and others are suing the state over a new law set to go in effect next month that makes prices for services more transparent to patients.

The law passed unanimously in June 2015 and would require hospitals to provide patients with the costs of medical procedures and treatments before providing those services.

The idea was to make health care costs more transparent. The Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio State Medical Association and other groups filed suit last week, saying the law is too bureaucratic and would lead to poor patient care.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The 2016 Transplant Games are going on this week in Cleveland, a celebration of both organ donors and recipients.

More than 3,000 people are expected to take part in 20 events including basketball, volleyball and track and field.

High school junior Asia Werner from Cincinnati is participating in those three and says being around so many transplant recipients feels like a family.

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METROHEALTH

Cleveland's MetroHealth hospital system has been chosen to test new, easier-to-read medical bills.

The Department of Health and Human Services contest is called "A Bill You Can Understand," and it aims to give patients medical invoices with fewer codes and confusing jargon. Anyone can submit a design until Aug. 10, and then MetroHealth and five other hospital systems around the country will test the winning entries this fall.

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CLEVELAND CLINIC

Cleveland Clinic has established a $7.5 million green revolving fund, which focuses on renewable energy initiatives.

The announcement was made during this week’s annual Better Buildings Summit in Washington D.C.

The system works by pulling money from the fund initially and replenishes it later on with savings from reduced energy consumption.

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