Americans' desire for federal healthcare spending drops; Oregon changes approach to treating back pain;

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> A new study suggests Americans' desire to spend federal funds on healthcare has dropped significantly across party lines, the Washington Post reported. Article

> The state of Oregon is changing how it deals with back pain among Medicaid enrollees, shifting patients into alternative care services such as acupuncture and chiropractic care instead of prescribing opioid painkillers--a practice expected to save money over the long run, according to Oregon Public Radio. Article

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> Despite sparse data on the extent of misdiagnosis in the healthcare industry, best estimates indicate that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences, according to the long-awaited Institute of Medicine report, "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care." Article

> While officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could not say definitively on a media call Thursday what the status of the agency's new ICD-10 Coordination Center and its ombudsman would be in the event of a government shutdown on Oct. 1, they did maintain that the transition itself will go on as planned. Article

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> Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has made a number of proposals intended to reduce patient out-of-pocket costs, including caps on drug co-payments and new tax credits. Article

And finally... A health plan with an infinite deductible. Article

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