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The Tearful Truce Between Kelly and Vicki on The Real Housewives of Orange County Doesn’t Last Long

Kelly Dodd, Vicki GunvalsonThe not-so-cold war between Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson is…over?! Yes…and no.
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New administrative building opens in Prince George’s County

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Kaiser Permanente celebrated the grand opening today for a new 176,000-square-foot administrative building in the New Carrollton Transit Center in Prince George’s County. Approximately 850 Kaiser Permanente employees will work in the new facility, including a large information technology team.

The new site marks a major investment by Kaiser Permanente in the New Carrollton Transit Center — a vibrant, up-and-coming mixed-use development that includes a wide range of retail and residential options, as well as a community park.

Earlier this month, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks visited the new facility for a roundtable discussion on Maryland’s Opportunity Zones. Governor Hogan announced an Opportunity Plan in January to help the state capitalize on federal Opportunity Zone funding.

Kaiser Permanente is the area’s largest integrated health care system, and its membership continues to grow. The information technology team is an important part of Kaiser Permanente’s robust growth in the region because it provides the backbone for telehealth services that enable members communicate with their physicians via secure email and video.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving the health of the communities where our members and employees live and work,” said Kim Horn, regional president of Kaiser Permanente. “I am confident employees will love working in this new space, and I am proud that we are growing our presence in Prince George’s County, where we provide care to more than 140,000 residents through our integrated health system.”

The administrative building is home to a state-of-the-art simulation center, which Kaiser Permanente’s health care providers, as well as residency program participants, will use to gain experience providing innovative treatments to patients. Simulation centers offer many training advantages that improve patient safety and reduce health care costs. Kaiser Permanente worked with Urban Atlantic, developer and owner; Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, land owner; Bostonia, lender; Gensler, architecture and interiors; Soltesz, civil engineer; and Clark Construction, contractor; to build this state-of-the-art facility.

Many local elected officials were on site to celebrate the grand opening. Congressman Anthony Brown, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County Council Chairman Todd Turner and Prince George’s County Council Member Daiella Glaros all shared their excitement about Kaiser Permanente’s expanded presence in the county. Paul Wiedefeld, general manager and chief executive officer of WMATA, also gave remarks about the new facility and its convenient access to Metro.

The facility, located in the New Carrollton Transit Center in Hyattsville, offers easy Metro access, walkable surroundings, a modern fitness center, on-site dining options, a full conference center and environmentally friendly design. Kaiser Permanente employees benefit from a state-of-the-art workspace that supports employee health, well-being, safety, innovation, collaboration and productivity.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to creating a healthy Prince George’s County for all residents.

In 2020, Kaiser Permanente will continue to grow its presence in Prince George’s County by opening a new state-of-the-art medical center in Bowie. This new 45,558square-foot medical center will provide primary care, behavioral health, optometry, pharmacy, laboratory and imaging services. This will be Kaiser Permanente’s fifth medical center in Prince George’s County. 

The investment in a healthier Prince George’s County is not new. Since 2013, Kaiser Permanente has awarded more than $ 2.6 million in grants, donations and sponsorships to increase access to care, educational and economic opportunities, and access to healthy fresh foods and physical activity in Prince George’s County. Kaiser Permanente has also invested more than $ 37.7 million to increase access to our quality health care for underinsured individuals residing in Prince George’s County.

Kaiser Permanente has been recognized nationally and regionally as one of the top health systems for excellence in patient care outcomes. Out of more than 1,000 health plans evaluated this year, Kaiser Permanente’s Private and Medicare plans in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia all received the highest possible rating (5 out of 5) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The organization’s Medicaid plans in Maryland and Virginia received the highest rating as well. According to the NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018-19 national report, Kaiser Permanente’s health system in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia is among the top 1 percent of plans in the nation as evaluated by NCQA’s rigorous review process.

Note: This is an administrative building and no medical services will be provided at this facility. The regional headquarters will remain at its current location at 2101 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD. Previous media reports have mischaracterized this building as a medical facility.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. In the Mid-Atlantic States, Kaiser Permanente provides and coordinates complete health care services for more than 770,000 members through 30 medical centers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit kp.org or follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/KPMidAtlantic or Facebook, www.facebook.com/kpthrive.

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County By County, Researchers Link Opioid Deaths To Drugmakers’ Marketing

Researchers sketched a vivid line Friday linking the dollars spent by drugmakers to woo doctors around the country to a vast opioid epidemic that has led to tens of thousands of deaths.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open, looked at county-specific federal data and found that the more opioid-related marketing dollars were spent in a county, the higher the rates of doctors who prescribed those drugs and, ultimately, the more overdose deaths occurred in that county.

For each three additional payments made to physicians per 100,000 people in a county, opioid overdose deaths were up 18 percent, according to the study. The researchers said their findings suggest that “amid a national opioid overdose crisis, reexamining the influence of the pharmaceutical industry may be warranted.”

And the researchers noted that marketing could be subtle or low-key. The most common type: meals provided to doctors.

Dr. Scott Hadland, the study’s lead author and an addiction specialist at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction, has conducted previous studies connecting opioid marketing and opioid prescribing habits.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study to link opioid marketing to a potential increase in prescription opioid overdose deaths, and how this looks different across counties and areas of the country,” said Hadland, who is also a pediatrician.

Nearly 48,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2017, about 68 percent of the total overdose deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2000, the rate of fatal overdoses involving opioids has increased 200 percent. The study notes that opioid prescribing has declined since 2010, but it is still three times higher than in 1999.

The researchers linked three data sets: the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Open Payments database that shows drugmakers’ payments to doctors; a database from the CDC that shows opioid prescribing rates; and another CDC set that provides mortality numbers from opioid overdoses.

They found that drugmakers spent nearly $ 40 million from Aug. 1, 2013, until the end of 2015 on marketing to 67,500 doctors across the country.

Opioid marketing to doctors can take various forms, although the study found that the widespread practice of providing meals for physicians might have the greatest influence. According to Hadland, prior research shows that meals make up nine of the 10 opioid-related marketing payments to doctors in the study.

“When you have one extra meal here or there, it doesn’t seem like a lot,” he said. “But when you apply this to all the doctors in this country, that could add up to more people being prescribed opioids, and ultimately more people dying.”

Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, said these meals may happen at conferences or industry-sponsored symposiums.

“There are also doctors who take money to do little small-dinner talks, which are in theory, supposed to educate colleagues about medications over dinner,” said Kolodny, who was not involved in the study. “In reality this means doctors are getting paid to show up at a fancy dinner with their wives or husbands, and it’s a way to incentivize prescribing.”

And those meals may add up.

“Counties where doctors receive more low-value payments is where you see the greatest increases in overdose rates,” said Magdalena Cerdá, a study co-author and director of the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy at the New York University School of Medicine. The amount of the payments “doesn’t seem to matter so much,” she said, “but rather the opioid manufacturer’s frequent interactions with physicians.”

Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, who is the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness and was not affiliated with the study, said that the findings about the influence of meals aligns with social science research.

“Studies have found that it may not be the value of the promotional expenditures that matters, but rather that they took place at all,” he said. “Another way to put it, is giving someone a pen and pad of paper may be as effective as paying for dinner at a steakhouse.”

The study says lawmakers should consider limits on drugmakers’ marketing “as part of a robust, evidence-based response to the opioid overdose epidemic.” But they also point out that efforts to put a high-dollar cap on marketing might not be effective since meals are relatively cheap.

In 2018, the New Jersey attorney general implemented a rule limiting contracts and payments between physicians and pharmaceutical companies to $ 10,000 per year.

The California Senate also passed similar legislation in 2017, but the bill was eventually stripped of the health care language.

The extent to which opioid marketing by pharmaceutical companies fueled the national opioid epidemic is at the center of more than 1,500 civil lawsuits around the country. The cases have mostly been brought by local and state governments. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who is overseeing hundreds of the cases, has scheduled the first trials for March.

In 2018, Kaiser Health News published a cache of Purdue Pharma’s marketing documents that displayed how the company marketed OxyContin to doctors beginning in 1995. Purdue Pharma announced it would stop marketing OxyContin last February.

Priscilla VanderVeer, a spokeswoman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, said that doctors treating patients with opioids need education about benefits and risks. She added that it is “critically important that health care providers have the appropriate training to offer safer and more effective pain management.”

Cerdá said it is also important to consider that the study is not saying doctors change their prescribing practices intentionally.

“Our results suggest that this finding is subtle, and might not be recognizable to doctors that they’re actually changing their behavior,” said Cerdá. “It could be more of a subconscious thing after increased exposure to opioid marketing.”


KHN’s coverage of prescription drug development, costs and pricing is supported in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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Devastating 72 hours for Ventura County with Thousand Oaks Shooting and Woolsey Fire

Ventura County has faced a devastating 72 hours, with the mass shooting Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks to hours later a brush fire sparked and quickly engulfed city after city. The community went from mourning to panic in a matter of hours. Our thoughts and prayers go out to friends and family affected by both tragedies.

Devastating 72 hours for Ventura County with Thousand Oaks Shooting and Woolsey Fire

To take action, there are multiple go fund me pages for those that have lost their homes. You can also drop off chapstick, bottled water, eye drops, energy drinks, gallon zip lock bags, beef jerky etc to your closest fire station. Our first responders have been incredibly grateful to receive these care packages. There will also be a fundraiser at Bandits in Thousand Oaks in December 1st, 2018 to raise money for friends and families affected by the senseless tragedy of the Borderline shooting. We extend our hearts and helping hands to anyone in need ❤️

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Residents of Dutchess County, N.Y., can apply to have leaves removed from their properties for free by a company hired by adult entertainment brand Pornhub.

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