HEALTH

As tax revenue from tobacco products falls, Virginia lawmakers are turning their attention to vaping products.Vaping involves flavored liquids that are vaporized within a device, inhaled and then exhaled.The devices consist of a mouthpiece, a battery, a cartridge for containing the e-liquid or e-juice, and a heating component for...
The logic is pretty simple: If you pay someone based on the number of services they provide, they're probably going to provide more services.It's the inherent problem with the fee-for-service payment model in health care. Doctors' incentive is quantity — like the number of scans or blood tests they...
The federal government has approved all the changes Virginia needed to officially expand its Medicaid program in January, allowing the state to start enrollment on Nov. 1.Virginia must change its state plan amendments in order to increase eligibility for the program to up to 138 percent of the federal poverty...
Under threats from lawmakers, who promised they would solve surprise balance billing themselves if hospitals and health plans couldn't agree, a working group representing different sides of the debate has met all summer to find a mutually agreeable fix.And they haven't quite gotten there.In July, the legislature's Health Insurance...
A new program lets 160,000 state employees price shop for medical procedures, such as mammograms or colonoscopies, and if they choose a cheaper option, they pocket some of the difference.The shared savings program could save the state money — Kentucky started something similar that saved it $10 million between...
More than a year since they became legal in Virginia, the state's second needle exchange program is scheduled to open in Richmond at the end of the month.Health Brigade, formerly the Fan Free Clinic, in Richmond's Museum District, will be the second in the state to open a comprehensive...
Conversion therapy, aimed at changing sexual orientation, has been widely deemed ineffective and potentially harmful by nearly every medical professional organization — yet it’s still legal in most of the country, including Virginia.Efforts to outlaw its use on minors by licensed professionals over the past five years have been stymied...
So far this year there have been 38 cases of West Nile virus in Virginia, a new record for the state.On average, Virginia reports only about nine cases per year, according to the Department of Health.The cases have been spotted in 17 health districts across the state, with Fairfax...
The price tag attached to the proposed Medicaid work requirement that is making its way through a public comment period now could be as high as $25 million, according to the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.And meanwhile, the institute, a liberal-leaning nonprofit that performs fiscal and policy analysis, estimates...
In an effort to improve access to family-planning options, the state has awarded $6 million to 12 health care organizations across Virginia so they can provide long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to their patients through May 2020.The program, dubbed the Virginia LARC initiative, is meant to help reduce unintended pregnancies,...