Over 75 Percent of Long Covid Patients Were Not Hospitalized for Initial Illness, Study Finds
Researchers analyzed the largest database of private insurance claims in the United States in the first four months after a diagnostic code for long Covid was created. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pam Belluck Tags: your-feed-science Long Covid Chronic Condition (Health) Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Health Insurance and Managed Care Research FAIR Health Inc United States your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Diabetic Retinopathy Risk, Severity Show Socioeconomic Links Diabetic Retinopathy Risk, Severity Show Socioeconomic Links
Low income and type of health insurance was associated with an increased prevalence of medical risk factors for diabetic retinopathy as well as the risk for vision-threatening disease.First Look (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - May 18, 2022 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Anthem Shareholders Approve Health Insurer ’s Rebrand To ‘Elevance Health’
Anthem shareholders Wednesday approved the health insurer ’s plan to become Elevance Health in a major rebranding designed to focus the health insurance company on “whole health” of customers and patients. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 18, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Enterprise Tech /enterprise-tech business pharma Source Type: news

CDPHP promotes new chief medical officer
CDPHP has promoted Dr. Elizabeth Warner to chief medical officer. Warner has been in several leadership roles at the health insurance company since 2015, most recently senior vice president of member health. Warner succeeds Dr. Anthony Marinello, who is retiring after 15 years with CDPHP, first on the board of directors and then as an employee. Prior to join ing CDPHP, Warner was a general surgeon at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for nearly eight years. Her medical degree is from Albany… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - May 16, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Justin Dawes Source Type: news

CMS: Medicaid Program; Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) reinterpreting the scope of the general requirement that state payments for Medicaid services under a State plan must be paid directly to the practitioner or institution providing the service. Under this rule, payments to third parties that provide benefits to the workforce such as health insurance, skills training, and other similar employee benefits will be allowed if the practitioner consents to such payments on their behalf. This rule is effective June 15, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 16, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Health care shouldn ’t be an emergency: How to help your employees use preventive care
Just because your employees have health insurance doesn ’t mean they’re getting the care they need. High health care costs are part of the reason why, as 22% of people report opting out of medical care in the past year because of costs. But it’s not the only factor. Inconvenience, anxiety about being in a medical setting and logistical challenges s uch as transportation have a role. “I know firsthand how easy it is to delay taking steps to care for yourself, but short-term conveniences can… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 16, 2022 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Aflac Source Type: news

High-deductible health plans can leave people vulnerable — but there’s an easy fix
You already know that your business is paying the price of today ’s 40-year inflation high. The cost of health insurance outpaces even that rapid rate: Since 2010, the average that families pay for health coverage premiums has increased 55%, compared with a cumulative 27% growth in wages. High-deductible health plans (HDHPs), defined as insurance plans with a deductible of at least $1,400 for individuals or $2,800 for a family, are one way business leaders have tried to provide coverage for their… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 16, 2022 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Aflac Source Type: news

Nigeria: I'll Reverse Brain Drain, Boost Health Insurance Coverage From 7 to 50 Percent - Saraki
[Vanguard] A presidential aspirant in the People's Democratic Party, PDP and Former President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki has said he would develop targeted incentives to cut down on brain drain and to keep professionals more fulfilled in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 13, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicaid Program: Reassignment of Medicaid Provider Claims
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) reinterpreting the scope of the general requirement that state payments for Medicaid services under a State plan must be paid directly to the practitioner or institution providing the service. Under this rule, payments to third parties that provide benefits to the workforce such as health insurance, skills training, and other similar employee benefits will be allowed if the practitioner consents to such payments on their behalf. This rule is effective 30 days after the publication of this notice, which is scheduled for May 16, 2022....
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 13, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Marketplace Pulse: The Coming Coverage Cliff: Some States Have a Lot to Lose
The U.S. is facing a steep cliff in health insurance coverage and access to care, as a confluence of events are likely to soon separate millions from their healthcare. (Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity)
Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity - May 11, 2022 Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Hempstead, K Tags: Healthcare Coverage and Access Source Type: news

Associations between unfulfilled contraceptive preferences due to cost and low-income patients ’ access to and experiences of contraceptive care in the United States, 2015-2019
ConclusionsCost is a barrier to using preferred contraception for both contraceptive users and nonusers; health insurance coverage and person-centered contraceptive counseling may help contraceptive users to overcome cost barriers and realize their contraceptive preferences.ImplicationsFactors related to contraceptive access at the systems level —specifically the subsidization and experience of contraceptive care—impact whether cost serves as a barrier to individuals’ contraceptive preferences. Delivery of patient-centered care and shoring up health insurance coverage for all can help to mitigate cost barriers and en...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - May 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

ICYMI: PhRMA COO Lori Reilly spotlights efforts to improve health care in 2022 and beyond
The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear how important a stable health care system is to the American people, both during times of crisis and beyond. Patients deserve sustainable, patient-centered solutions, not temporary fixes. And while our industry has the greatest innovation ecosystem in the world, three in 10 insured Americans still face financial barriers to care. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - May 9, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Emilie Signora Tags: Research and Development Health Insurance Out-of-Pocket Costs Coronavirus Source Type: news

HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2023
Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) setting parameters for risk adjustment, user fees, and cost-sharing for state and federal-based exchanges. This rule also establishes a direct enrollment option for federally-facilitated Exchanges and State Exchanges, among other things. This final rule also responds to comments on how HHS can advance health equity through qualified health plan certification standards and in the individual and group health insurance markets. These regulations are effective July 1, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 6, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Study finds insurance barriers disproportionately burden patients with chronic illness
A recentPatient Experience Survey found that Americans with serious chronic conditions, including autoimmune diseases, mental health conditions and neurologic conditions were more likely than all insured Americans to report facing unaffordable out-of-pocket costs. These patients were also more likely to experience insurer-imposed barriers, like prior authorization and fail first. Accessing the medicine patients need is simply too burdensome for many Americans struggling with chronic illness.Here are three critical health insurance challenges facing patients with chronic illnesses. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - May 4, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Cynthia Hicks Tags: Health Insurance Out-of-Pocket Costs Polling Source Type: news

Oregonians outspend U.S. average on health care, and it's getting worse
On average, Oregon families spend the equivalent of a new compact car on their health insurance premium. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - May 3, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news