We Haven’t ‘Learned the Lessons of COVID’ Until We Remake the Political Economy of Health

Bill of Health

These bromides reflect the Biden administration’s evaluation of its own efforts; a recent White House report professes to have “successfully put equity at the center of a public health response for the first time in the nation’s history.”. Health becomes defined by the things it is not.

Creating Brain-Forward Policies Amid a ‘Mass Deterioration Event’

Bill of Health

First, brain problems (and mental health) are largely invisible and thus overlooked and deprioritized. What would brain-forward health policy look like? When it comes to our brains and public (health) policy, we need two things as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, apparently interminably.

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A Novel Approach to Crisis Standards of Care

Bill of Health

The provision of scarce resources such as intensive care unit (ICU) beds, antivirals, and ventilators during this pandemic has been an ongoing topic of discussion. Even the best laid plans cannot guarantee an equitable division of health care resources. By Stephen Wood.

Change for the Medical Malpractice Compensation System in England?

Bill of Health

It is fair to say that the British public are generally speaking very proud of our National Health Service in England, and treasure it greatly. The NHS Care Model. Health care innovation does not stand still, nor does the demand for NHS services. By John Tingle.

Health Care Reform under the Biden Administration — Broad Ambitions, Narrow Majorities


The Biden administration has made important incremental progress in expanding access to affordable health insurance. But its struggles to enact a broader reform agenda reflect the daunting political constraints that limit U.S. health policy

Prison Health Care is Broken Under the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy

Bill of Health

Incarcerated individuals need health care, but punitive policies make securing access to care particularly difficult among this population, which numbers about 2.1 Gamble (1976), affirmed that incarcerated individuals have the constitutional right to health care.

Litigation and Patient Safety: The Importance of Good Communication Strategies

Bill of Health

Good record keeping and communication practices are essential prerequisites for safe and proper patient care. Health care givers can learn from reports of Never Events and closed claims analysis. By John Tingle.

The AMA Can Help Fix the Health Care Shortages it Helped Create

Bill of Health

And the maldistribution of physicians — with far too few pursuing primary care or working in rural areas — is arguably an even bigger problem. Moreover, the AMA’s own Workforce Explorer tool suggests that NPs are playing a vital role in expanding access to care. By Leah Pierson.

Churntables: A Look at the Record on Medicaid Redetermination Plans

Bill of Health

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) expires at the end of this week, with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra expected to renew the PHE once more to extend through mid-July. By Cathy Zhang.

Struggles Over Care Will Shape the Future of Work

Bill of Health

The future of work will largely be the future of care work. Health care is rapidly becoming the largest employer in the U.S., The future of work and of aging will be shaped by struggles over care from both giving and receiving ends, perhaps against those profiting in between.

Systemic Failures Need Systemic Solutions: COVID-19 and Macromedical Regulation

Bill of Health

has been the failure to meet surging demand for inpatient care. Hospital bed shortages, overwhelmed intensive care nurses, and scarcities of needed medical equipment have been embarrassing but constant features of the American health care landscape. By Barak D.

US Rep. Gaetz’s Diagnosis of What’s Driving Insulin Costs Misses the Root Cause

Kaiser Health News

Drug pricing experts said there’s no question that insulin’s list price (the amount charged to consumers and their health plans) has risen over the past decade. KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues.

As Overdoses Soar, More States Decriminalize Fentanyl Testing Strips

Kaiser Health News

Alaska state health officials, horrified by a surge of overdose deaths, have started giving out free test strips. And fentanyl-related overdoses recently spiked in Savannah, Georgia, according to Dr. Jay Goldstein, medical director of the emergency department at Memorial Health.

Biden Pledges Better Nursing Home Care, but He Likely Won’t Fast-Track It

Kaiser Health News

“Medicare is going to set higher standards for nursing homes and make sure your loved ones get the care they deserve and that they expect,” Biden said. Louis nonprofit that advocates for long-term care residents, said “the speed of this is a little frustrating.”

A Different Future Was Possible: Reflections on the US Pandemic Response

Bill of Health

there was a widely shared understanding of the virus as a collective problem: We all had to do our part to flatten the curve and protect our local health care systems. The post A Different Future Was Possible: Reflections on the US Pandemic Response appeared first on Bill of Health.

Give the People What They Want: Five States Put Abortion Questions on the Ballot

Health Law Advisor

Jackson Women’s Health Organization , we have been closely monitoring legal developments across the country. With the backdrop of an already-strong California legal reproductive health network, consistent polling indicates the ballot measure is expected to pass by a wide margin.

2022 MHPAEA Annual Report Illuminates Tri-agency Review and Enforcement Priorities in a Post-Consolidated Appropriations Act World

C&M Health Law

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (“HHS”), and the Treasury (the “Tri-agencies”) released their 2022 annual report to Congress on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“MHPAEA”) on Tuesday, January 25.

Love ACA Provisions, Not the ACA – KFF Poll Reveals American Voters’ Views on Health Care Reform

Health Populi

voters’ views on health care, through the lens of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Tracking Poll for July 2019 published yesterday. Health care is the top issue Democrats want to hear about in the debates, well ahead of climate change, women’s issues, immigration and gun policy. adults like their health insurance plan rating it “excellent” (39%) or “good” (47%). ” Health Populi’s Hot Points: U.S.

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OIG Sends a Special Fraud Alert on Speaker Programs

C&M Health Law

Earlier this month, OIG issued a Special Fraud Alert on Speaker Programs warning drug and device companies and health care providers that it has significant concerns about payments for “speaker programs.” Additionally, OIG questions the value of such events given that health care providers can access the same or similar information online, on the product’s package insert, third-party educational conferences, medical journals, and more.

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Immigration Bureaucracy Threatens 11-Year-Old’s Spot on Transplant Lists

Kaiser Health News

welcomes newcomers to the country, the Espinosas are confronting not just the nation’s complicated and expensive health care maze, but an immigration system that Congress has not reformed for decades.

Licensing Flexibility Codified through SB 759

Foster Swift

SB 759 allows individuals without a license for the practice of a health profession to perform certain limited duties. For example, students in a health profession training program may perform duties assigned while training.

Peligran transplantes para niña estadounidense de 11 años por burocracia migratoria

Kaiser Health News

No sabe qué podría pasar entonces, pero, como dijo: “haré todo lo necesario para salvar a mi hija” KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues.

Impact of Biden's EO on Healthcare Industry

Foster Swift

Read More › Tags: Health Care Reform On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) on Promoting Competition in the American Economy where he seeks to address many facets of the American economy and promote a more competitive marketplace.

CMS Guidance Ends Waivers for COVID-19

Foster Swift

Read More › Tags: Alerts and Updates , Health Care Reform , Hospitals , Medicare , Medicare/Medicaid On April 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an update to the COVID-19 emergency declaration blanket waivers for specific providers.

Video: Health Care’s Past, Present, and Future – Diagnosing Health Care Podcast

Health Law Advisor

In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast : In celebration of the 50th episode of our Diagnosing Health Care podcast, we’re looking at how the past 50 years of health law will impact health care in the next 50 years.

HIPAA Disclosures of Protected Health Information after Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: Foster Swift Highlights Navigating Michigan and Federal Law

Foster Swift

Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) was tasked with responding to how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) would be affected.

New CHIR Report Assesses the Effectiveness of Policies in Improving Access to Primary Care for Underserved Populations

Center for Health Insurance Reform

It is hard to overstate the importance of primary care in ensuring robust health outcomes at the population level. CHIR accessing care disparities primary care

Update on Relaxed Visitation Restrictions and Implementation Requirements for Residential Care Facilities

Foster Swift

On March 2, 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (“MDHHS”) issued an Emergency Order that relaxes the visitation requirements for residential care facilities. The December 8, 2020 MDHHS Order involving residential care facilities was rescinded.

Update to CMS Guidance on Shared Health Care Facilities

Foster Swift

After nearly two years of deliberations and revisions, the final Guidance for Hospital Co-location with Other Hospitals or Health Care Facilities (the “Final Guidance”) was released on November 12, 2021 and took effect immediately upon publication.

Significant Changes to Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Finalized

Foster Swift

Read More › Tags: Alerts and Updates , Health Care Reform The U.S.

Medical Loss Ratio Rebate Guidelines

Compliance Now

Many sponsors of fully insured health plans either already have or will soon receive checks from their insurance carriers, along with a notice informing them that the check is a medical loss ratio (MLR) rebate. The MLR rules implemented as part of health care reform are designed to ensure that insurance carriers spend no more than a specified percentage of premiums collected on overhead-type expenses.

HHS Finalizes Health Plan Price Transparency Rule

C&M Health Law

On October 29, 2020, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (“the Departments”) issued a final rule requiring private-sector health insurers and self-insured health plans to disclose treatment prices and cost-sharing information with consumers. First, insurers and employer-sponsored health plans will be required to provide price estimates, including in-network and out-of-network negotiated rates, for health care items and services upon request.

Residential Care Facilities Must Comply with Recent MDHHS Emergency Order

Foster Swift

On October 6, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ("MDHHS") issued an emergency order (the "MDHHS Order") that retains many of the same requirements that apply to residential care facilities under the previously issued executive orders.

What Are THE 3 Major Things Addressed in the HIPAA Law?

HIPAA Journal

For example: Had the health insurance industry been allowed to continue operating as it did prior to HIPAA, tens of millions of Americans would be excluded from health plan benefits. The Reform of the Health Insurance Industry. The Need to Reform.


How Will the “New” Health Economy Fare in a Macro-Economic Downturn?

Health Populi

What happens to a health care ecosystem when the volume of patients and revenues they generate decline? How would that further impact the micro-economy of health care? A report from Trilliant on the 2022 Trends Shaping the Health Economy helps to inform our response to that question. Start with Sanjula Jain’s bottom-line: that every health care stakeholder will be impacted by reduced yield. health economy. health care?

What John Mackey of Whole Foods Said at the 2022 HIMSS Conference – and Why This is Important for the Whole Health Ecosystem

Health Populi

Mackey said in support of his long-held belief that food is the”best solution” to address Americans’ health. As for health care? Health Populi’s Hot Points: John Mackey has held this view on food for a long time.

Health Care Costs Concern Americans Approaching Retirement – Especially Women and Sicker People

Health Populi

Even with the prospect of enrolling in Medicare sooner in a year or two or three, Americans approaching retirement are growing concerned about health care costs, according to a study in JAMA Network Open.

Most Workers and their Employers Want to Receive Digital Healthcare On-Demand

Health Populi

Most employers and their workers see the benefits of digital health in helping make health care more accessible and lower-cost, according to survey research published in Health on Demand from Mercer Marsh Benefits.

China's Expanding Health Care Industry

The Health Law Firm

China's increasing health concerns for its aging population, combined with the government's proposed health care reform, has generated much optimism in multi-national corporations concerning the future of China's health care industry. Many US health care providers are already reaping the rewards of participating in China's health care investments, preparing for the promising boom that is sure to come. By Miles Indest.

Telehealth Visits Can Improve Revenue, But They’re No Cornucopia

Healthcare IT Today

In the Spring of 2020, a number of institutions—health, education, judicial, and others—went through a wrenching technological transformation: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, they took refuge online. A boon for behavioral health.

How to Restore Americans’ Confidence in U.S. Health Care: Deal With Access and Cost

Health Populi

and more health citizens getting their first jabs, there’s growing optimism in America looking to the next-normal by, perhaps, July 4th holiday weekend as President Biden reads the pandemic tea leaves. Health Care: Deal With Access and Cost appeared first on HealthPopuli.com.

The Ill Health of Rural Hospitals in Four Charts

Health Populi

hospitals are in poor fiscal health. Health Populi’s Hot Points: The nine key high-impact factors suggest areas where rural hospitals could risk-manage for their survival. Time to re-imagine as the future of rural health and healthcare.

Health Citizens Link Their Views on Democracy, the Economy and the Pandemic

Health Populi

The pandemic has put health care top-of-mind for health citizens the world over. For this analysis, the Pew research team assessed the views of some 2,600 health citizens living in 17 developed countries in February 2021. public health sector.