Nothing is simple

The Trump administration hasn’t yet officially made the opioid crisis a national emergency. (The president said it was, but when there’s government involved it’s a bit more complicated. Paperwork has to be filed, choices have to be made, and so on.)

According to a White House spokesman, any such emergency actions are going through “an expedited legal review,” but it is unclear how long this review will take.

The eyes have it

There are two constants in the universe, Einstein supposedly said: hydrogen and stupidity. This is not a story about hydrogen.

Aetna opens a window to lawsuits

Pro tip: If you’re mailing sensitive information to people, make sure it’s not visible through the envelope’s window.

Who isn’t taking their diabetes meds?

Surprise: It’s millennials. Fewer than half adhere to their oral medication schedule.

What’s that you say?

Older folks may have trouble hearing you. Yeah, yeah, that’s not a surprise — but a new study looked a little deeper. It’s not just hearing loss, it’s hearing loss in a clinical setting.

It’s not just that they can’t hear you well, it’s that they mishear you, especially if you use any type of jargon.

[E]mergent themes consisted of (in descending order of citation frequency): general mishearing, consultation content, physician-patient or nurse-patient communication breakdown, hospital setting, and use of language. (Emphasis ours.)

Please, sir, can I have some more?

Georgia Medicaid is looking for “millions more,” reports Georgia Health News. (Remain calm: It amounts to of two-tenths of one percent of the agency’s budget.)

Most of it is going to “disproportionate share’’ payments to hospitals that serve a high number of indigent patients.

Antibiotic use down … mostly

Antibiotic use is going down overall, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield, especially in infants and children. But “Portions of Appalachia and the South have the highest prescription fill rates,” and “Prescription fill rates in rural areas are 16 percent higher than in urban areas.”

City mouse, country mouse

There’s a rural-urban divide in teen vaccination rates — but only for some vaccinations. The CDC would really like to know why.