Hospitals sometimes charge Medicare patients for covered drugs; University of Vermont Health uses $15M surplus for homeless, substance abuse services;

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> Hospitals are supposed to use Medicare Part B for coverage of medically necessary drugs, but sometimes that's not the case, PBS NewsHour has reported. Article

> The University of Vermont Health Network will use a $15 million surplus for programs, such as affordable housing, as well as substance abuse and mental healthcare services, according to the Burlington Free PressArticle

> Ochsner Health will enter into an agreement to operate the three hospitals owned by Baton Rouge General Health, The  Advocate reported. Article

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients of color face significant health outcome disparities compared to their white counterparts. A team at the University of Chicago has dedicated itself to easing these inequities and finding ways to establish trust between these patients and their healthcare providers, enabling them to work together to ensure the patients' health and improve their long-term outcomes, according to the university's Science Life magazine. Article

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> Use of platforms designed to provide access to individual patient data in order to increase transparency of clinical trial data has been limited, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article

And Finally... Sheriff's department in Missouri offers to test meth for staph and hepatitis. Article